The Straits Times
Published on Aug 31, 2012

Only 10 no-shows at Asia's first Diner en Blanc

Almost 900 people turn up for posh 'white' picnic despite controversy


More than 800 people, dressed from head to toe in white, descended upon the promenade near the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands on Thursday night to dine and drink under the balmy night sky.

The diners were taking part in Asia's first pop-up Diner en Blanc, or White Dinner, an open-air picnic which started in Paris 24 years ago and now takes place every year in over 20 cities, including New York and Sydney.

The women donned gowns and frocks and matching high heels, with many wearing hats or fascinators. The men were dapper in crisp shirts, trousers and white straw trilbies.

In line with the event's tradition, the guests brought their own tables, chairs, linen, cutlery, stem ware, flowers and food.