Toowoomba will host its very own pop-up picnic event Le Dîner en Blanc for the first time on Saturday 20 October, as the original Paris event marks its 30th anniversary drawing a record 17,000 guests.

Leading business identities, such as Nine News Darling Downs Presenter Samantha Heathwood, are expected to attend the event, with major sponsor Dan Dwan of Colliers International Toowoomba pleased to support an internationally-recognised event in the region. “We have a beautiful city and Le Dîner en Blanc is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Toowoomba to the World,” said Dan. Co-host of Toowoomba’s Le Dîner en Blanc Annie Glover has been working in the event industry for more than seven years, and hopes to make this first edition a success to pave the way for a long-standing tradition. “We felt Toowoomba was primed for such a dazzling event as increasing interest in world-class events has been blossoming over the years,” said Annie.

The garden city will join more than 130,000 foodies and cultural enthusiasts around the world who have embraced the unique event that began as a “friends and word-of-mouth only” affair in 2012 in Montreal, Canada. The all-white pop-up has spread across 80 cities in 30 countries, with the underlying principle remaining the same: guests continue to gather at a secret location dressed in all white for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful locations.

For its first event, guests will be invited via the host’s networks, or participating partners, but the community can choose to sign up for the waiting list if spots at the event open up.

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