FRANCOPHILES and food lovers have one last chance to take part in Brisbane's first Dîner en Blanc on Saturday 1 September 2012, with tickets to the beautiful pop up picnic, where guests must dress head to toe in white and only find out about the location at the last minute, selling out quickly.
Hundreds have already put their names on a waiting list for tickets and will be watching their inboxes anxiously for the elusive invitation when the last round goes out on Friday 10 August.
Dîner en Blanc marks the world's first viral event, a très chic picnic imported from Paris and now taking hold in outdoor public spaces in 20 cities across five continents in 2012, from Barcelona to New-York and Montreal to Singapore.
Brisbane is the first Australian city to host Dîner en Blanc , and Sydney is due to follow suit later in the year.
No other pop-up event has managed to create such interest worldwide and guests of Dîner en Blanc become lifetime members of the international network, which allows them to attend other dinners in other cities around the world, linking food lovers wherever they reside.
Supported by the Queensland Government, through Events Queensland, Minister for Major Events and Tourism Ms Jann Stuckey said Dîner en Blanc Brisbane was a fantastic addition to a series of international events making their Australian debut in Queensland.
"To host the first ever Australian staging of the highly regarded Dîner en Blanc is a great coup for Queensland - further cementing Brisbane's status as a premier arts and cultural event destination," said Ms Stuckey.
"Events like this shine an international spotlight on Queensland - attracting visitors and supporting our tourism industry.
"That is why the Newman Government is supporting events like this as part of our determined strategy to see Queensland recognised as Australia's number one tourist destination."
A few key ingredients have guaranteed the longevity of Dîner en Blanc: People get to invite their best friends, it is not a commercial event and it is not expensive to attend or to become a member. The selection is not determined by money but rather by friends.
To attend this very unconventional picnic, Brisbanites should register on the waiting list at http://brisbane.dinerenblanc.info/ as tickets are limited. Tickets are sold by the pair and guests will have the option to purchase a picnic basket and hire a table and chairs in advance.
Partners to the Brisbane event are 612 ABC, Mumm and the Queensland Government through Events Queensland.
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