Nov 21 date for Diner En Blanc

About 3,000 diners attended the Diner En Blanc picnic last year at Tanjong Beach in Sentosa.
About 3,000 diners attended the Diner En Blanc picnic last year at Tanjong Beach in Sentosa. PHOTO: ST FILE

The fourth edition of Diner En Blanc, the annual all-white pop-up picnic, will be held on Nov 21, after being postponed due to the haze.

The postponement of the invitation-only event from the original scheduled date of Oct 10, was announced by new organisers Fullcolors Event nine days before it was due to happen.

The event, which sees diners gathering at a public space for a gourmet meal, started in Paris 27 years ago. About 50 cities around the world, including Chicago, Stockholm, Montreal and Sydney host similar dinners. It debuted in Singapore in 2012.

Registration, which was suspended until the new date was confirmed, will resume today and continue over the next two weeks.

Phase 1 registration, for Diner En Blanc members who have attended previous editions, starts today.

The organisers said those who have confirmed their registration through Phase 1 can "sponsor" or recommend one family member or friend, who will receive their invitations to register in Phase 2.

Phase 2 registration, for people recommended by members, starts on Oct 27. Phase 3 of registration, for successful candidates on the official waiting list, starts on Nov 3.

New head organiser Alex Philippot had told Life in an interview on Sept 29 that more than 12,000 people are on the waitlist for the picnic, which has a capacity for only 3,000 diners.

Each invited guest pays $50 to attend, with the location of the picnic announced only hours before the event. Organisers have said that this year's venue will be "one of the most iconic sites" in Singapore.

Guests must be dressed in all white and are expected to bring their own tables, chairs, food and drinks.

This year's SG50-themed picnic offers a fusion pre-order menu for those who do not wish to bring their own gourmet meals. The menu includes dishes such as chicken satay tortilla wrap and laksa pesto prawn linguine.

About 3,000 people attended last year's edition at Tanjong Beach in Sentosa.

Anjali Raguraman

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2015, with the headline 'Nov 21 date for Diner En Blanc'. Print Edition | Subscribe