Diner en Blanc’s stylish collaboration with Marriott

The Blanc Delice at The Westin Sydney is almost too beautiful to touch.
The Blanc Delice at The Westin Sydney is almost too beautiful to touch.

In celebration of its partnership with chic French dining phenomenon Diner en Blanc, Marriott International has introduced a new cocktail and dining series across its Sydney properties, inspired by the event’s French heritage and exclusive all-white theming.

The chefs and bartenders at Marriott International’s five city properties (Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay, The Westin Sydney, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park, and Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection) have created their very own Diner en Blanc inspired menus, available in the lead up to the white pop-up picnic, taking place on 17 November.

The scallops and pork on offer as part of the Diner en Blanc collaboration at Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park.

The scallops and pork on offer as part of the Diner en Blanc collaboration at Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park.

"We are absolutely delighted to announce that Marriott International is the official 2018 hotel partner for Diner en Blanc in Sydney, and thrilled to present a new menu in celebration of, and inspired by, the event’s French culture and striking white aesthetic,” said Florencia Aimo, Area Director of Marketing, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Marriott International.

“Marriott International shares Diner en Blanc’s passion for extraordinary events and exceptional cuisine, and we saw this partnership as a natural extension of our food and beverage offering here in Sydney. At Marriott we appreciate how closely food and travel are entwined, and our focus is on expanding and enhancing our dining venues by working with local profiles, events and suppliers to present fresh and engaging experiences to our guests.”

The sweet and sour Lemon Drop, by Pier One Sydney Harbour.

The sweet and sour Lemon Drop, by Pier One Sydney Harbour.

The new Diner en Blanc cocktails will be available at Sydney hotels until 26 January, 2019 and are designed to invoke thoughts of springtime picnics in the French countryside. Each hotel is serving a unique guest Diner en Blanc cocktail, incorporating a signature French infusion of flavours like Lillet Blanc, Cointreau or St. Germain Elderflower eau-de-vie. 

Marriott International’s all-white dining menu joins the cocktail menu for a limited period, and will be available across the city until 30 November, 2018.

Delectable desserts at The Picnic in the Park, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

Delectable desserts at The Picnic in the Park, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

For the chance to win a coveted ticket to Diner en Blanc, fully hosted and catered for by Marriott International, guests are invited to share their favourite Diner en Blanc cocktail or dish with the hashtag #MarriottenBlanc between 12 – 30 October, 2018.

For attendees wanting to stay at one of Marriott International’s Sydney properties following Diner en Blanc, there is also an exclusive overnight package starting from $280.

The Coco Blanc by Four Points, Sheraton Sydney.

The Coco Blanc by Four Points, Sheraton Sydney.

Diner en Blanc has become a cultural icon since its inception thirty years ago in Paris when founder François Pasquier invited a group of friends to an elegant picnic, asking them to dress in white. Since that first dinner, the event has grown to more than 70 cities worldwide.

Participation in the Diner en Blanc event is either by personal referral or waitlist invitation only, and its exclusivity draws crowds of some 20,000 in Sydney each year. The event location changes annually, and is a closely guarded secret, to be revealed only as attendees in white descend for the city’s most anticipated and stylish popup picnic. 

The White Burger with white fish and shaved cheese, Pier One Sydney Harbour

The White Burger with white fish and shaved cheese, Pier One Sydney Harbour

For more information regarding Marriott’s Diner en Blanc cocktail and dining collection, or to book a stay visit www.meeteatdrink.com.au/whats-on