Boathouse Row goes white for Philly's annual Diner en Blanc

Andrew Kramer
August 23, 2019 - 6:47 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Normally you see people jogging or biking along Kelly Drive.

But Thursday night, part of it was shut down for dinner — Diner en Blanc, that is — which started during the evening rush.

Boathouse Row was this year's secret spot.

"The location is beautiful," said Leah Dziura, one of more than 6,000 attendees. "Everyone is dressed to the nines; the tables are decorated. Once in a lifetime thing."

And just like that, the 8th Annual Diner En Blanc has come and gone. Thank you to everyone who has made this evening even more magical than the last.✨ From the stunning table decor to the show-stopping fashion, we were blown away by all of our SPARKLING attendees, volunteers, and entertainers! Who else is counting down the days until next year? #BoathouseRow #DinerEnBlanc #DEBPHL19 #WhyILovePhilly #PhillyEvents #Igers_Philly #VisitPhilly

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"It's my third year and probably the most incredible location that I've seen so far," added Brittany Floyd. "Kelly Drive is just really iconic. It allows us to be near the river and it's just a nice vibe. It's just really, really lovely."

Per Diner en Blanc tradition, guests dress in all white and pack a meal. They go to a meeting spot — not the actual dinner location — and don't know where they'll actually be eating until they arrive.

"Eastern State Penitentiary was our meeting spot," explained Sue Getz. "So then you walk — even our table leader didn't know where we were going. There's a group leader that takes the tables, and then you're walking and walking and then you just end up ... it's all set up they have the music, the balloons, the lights the water. It's beautiful."

Some people go all out for dinner, packing sushi or steak. Others keep it simple.

"Tonight we brought basic sliders, fruit, crackers," said Maria Lyons. "We brought finger foods because we don't eat dinner here, we just drink a lot, which is common."

Diner en Blanc is BYOB, and the wine was definitely flowing Thursday night. But before bottles were corked and people start eating, groups at each table traditionally stand up and wave their napkins in the air.

Over the years, Philadelphia's Diner en Blanc has become the largest one in the country.