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Dîner sans blanc 

Find your own secret location, wear whatever you want and have an inelegant summer picnic.

Started in 1988 in Paris, the fanciest of places, Dîner en Blanc is a dress-coded picnic whose glamourous public location remains a mystery until the night of. Now, people in cities across the world—including Halifax—pay to dress head-to-toe in white and lug their chairs, tablecloths and elegant baskets of food and wine to be part of this massive communal rain-or-shine meal.

Though anything that brings together 1,000-plus Haligonians (and could possibly turn into a massive wet t-shirt contest) has the potential to be great, so does a cheap, impromptu backyard picnic. Grab the blanket off your bed, fill up your favourite tote bag and forget about stemware. Sparklers optional. No dress code required.

Local beer
Those baby wine bottles that taunt you at the NSLC checkout work well here too, but beer—which for some reason isn’t welcome at Dîner en Blanc —wins at this picnic. Keep hydrated with fresh lemonade.
Sandwich
Maybe it’s a towering monstrosity (the good kind) from The Canteen, a spicy banh mi or a loaded burrito. Or maybe it’s a less attractive sandwich you made for yourself, or a cold slice of pizza. Regardless, a carby main course should be your meal’s anchor. Even if it’s as no-frills as this one.
Salad
Aim to woo your picnic friends with a salad of roasted seasonal veggies (like these rainbow beets and barbecued corn) or berries and nuts, a vinaigrette and the only white thing on the menu—cheese. This will go a long way if your sammie is subpar.
Strawberries
Non-mutant, non-imported berries are a limited-time offer around here. Cash in on the U-Pick’s pay out. Eat them with cream, in a salad, with a hunk of chocolate or the way mother nature intended you to—solo. Don’t forget extra napkins.
Chips
An absolutely necessity for any picnic. We recommend one of east coast-made Covered Bridge’s flavours (maybe not the lobster one), but since you won’t be wearing your pristine whites, feel free to pay your respects to the Doritos family, too—this is a safe space for stained fingertips and obnoxious chip bag crinkling.
Dessert
A meal is never complete without a sugary palate cleanser. Gnaw on some cookies to finish (these are from Smith’s Bakery) and allow the sun to help create that fresh-baked meltiness. Sounds gross, is good.

Dîner en Blanc
Saturday, August 21, 6pm
location TBA (it’s a secret)
$45, halifax.dinerenblanc.info

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