Mystery, secret location and surprise, followed by beauty, opulence and music. Elegant and memorable, the White Dinners won a place in the hearths of everyone who joined this magical initiative.
The first White Dinner was organised 30 years ago, when a group of friends spontaneously organised an evening picnic in Paris. They dresses all in white in order to see one another in the darkness of the park. Their accidental idea today is a global trend that each year gathers between 5,000 and 20,000 participants. In Bulgaria, in 2018 the event was held for the second year in a row. Besides the white colour of the clothes, the dishes and the decoration, the White Dinner has another peculiarity: the place of the event remains a secret until the very last moment.
On 12 July, the white-clad enthusiasts in Sofia were pleasantly surprised when they found out that they were going to dinner at a place emblematic with its architecture: the Banski Square in front of the elegant Old Sofia Museum.
The interest exceeded all expectations: while 516 guests registered for the event, 568 people showed up. Gathered around the murmuring waters of the water fountain, they enjoyed homemade food while on the stage MasterChef finalists Daniel Radoykov and Nikolay Nemigenchev were preparing foie gras and French macarons with butter cream. Popular singer Orlin Pavlov and pianist Milen Kukusharov brought additional inspiration with a live performance of author's and popular songs. The acrobatic show, the LED lights dance and the final with sparklers turned the square into a piece of a fairy tale universe.
On 21 July, the white fairy tale went to Varna's Maritime Garden. The participants enjoyed the great programme, although rain poured just when Orlin Pavlov hit the stage. The organisers, however, provided beautiful white umbrellas and didn't allow anything to spoil the excellent mood.
The White Dinners elegant urban picnic is a marvellous initiative that promotes taste for good life, good food, good company. We hope that in the following years we will make it even grander and more successful.