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Picnic en Blanc + ticket giveaway!

By Karen Diepeveen on July 18, 2013

There’s something dream-like about a picnic where everyone is dressed in white, sitting under a summer sun. And it’s precisely this appeal that drew the organizers of Picnic En Blanc to bring this worldwide phenomenon to Ottawa – the idea of mixing food, fun and summer fashions was too good to pass up. So, on July 25, Ottawa will have its first Picnic En Blanc – location to be shared just hours before the event takes place. And it won’t just be about food and fashion – we’ve just heard that The Peptides will be performing at the end of the evening, so be sure to bring some dancing shoes.

We got the organizers to answer a few questions about the event. Read on to find out how to win a pair of tickets to the picnic!

Apartment613: Why did you decide to organize the picnic?

Picnic En Blanc: The ménage-a-trois of food, fashion and French flair was too enticing to resist. We saw the White Picnics abroad and around the country. We hoped for an Ottawa edition. When it didn’t come, we decided to put it on ourselves! Voilà!

What are you most excited about for the event?

Ottawa has a reputation for being the City that Fun and Fashion forgot. We do not believe this notion represents Ottawa today. The Picnic En Blanc is a unique way for Ottawans to unleash the joie-de-vivre which is just dying to burst from within all of us! PEB brings together people from all walks of life while promoting values of respect, inclusiveness, creativity, sharing and friendship. What better way to enjoy a summer evening?

There are a few other similar initiatives that encourage people to get outside and eat together – what makes Picnic en Blanc different?

There are many outdoor events in Ottawa, but none are like the Picnic En Blanc. There is something about wearing white in the middle of summer that raises the spirit and elegance bar. PEB is the perfect canvass on which to expressing one’s personality with a single colour. Some innovative participants have created their own flamboyant hats using feathers and other materials. The PEB also has a few surprises in store. We can’t divulge them just yet, but we can give Apt613 readers an exclusive: The Peptides will be closing out the night on July 25.

The event also takes place all around the world – how will this be a uniquely Ottawa event?

Most of the wear-white picnic events around the world are FOR profit. PEB is a charitable organization that supports 2 organizations promoting the wellbeing of youth. The Matriarch was a foster parent for over two decades. Mme Janvier and her husband have a lifelong vocation in giving back to the community, especially for youth. The PEB hits two birds (fun and philanthropy) with one stone.

Where can people find details – and when should they register?

Our website includes details and the blog is updated with food and fashion ideas. You can purchase your tickets online at or Capacity is limited. Reserve your ticket before they’re all gone!

And now, for the ticket giveaway. Apt613 is giving away a pair of tickets to the picnic – just leave a comment below that mentions your favourite picnic food. Leave your comment before Friday, July 18 at 5pm – we’ll then do a random draw for a pair of tickets from all of the entries.