09/18/2014 12:44 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:58 EDT

Diner En Blanc Toronto: All-In-White Dinner A Massive Foodie Hit

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For the fourth year in a row, Diner en Blanc took place in Toronto, bringing about 1,400 white-clad people together for a dinner party beneath the stars.

The idea came about in Paris 25 years ago, when native François Pasquier returned from abroad and asked friends to meet him for a dinner party to catch up, reported the New York Times. He told them to wear white so they could find each other at the Bois de Boulogne, a large public park. The idea caught on, and a quarter of a century later, Diner en Blanc dinners are held in almost 40 cities around the world.

The idea is relatively simple: sign up, pay your (approximately) $40 fee, find an all-white outfit, pull together a picnic dinner, get a table and chairs, and show up at the appointed location at a specific time. From there, people are taken the secret spot in which the dinner is being held.

This year, Toronto participants took over Echo Beach, at Ontario Place, but past dinners have been at the Distillery District, Fort York and a parking lot (but a really cool, industrial one).

Some of the evening's highlights included ballet, floating candles and a no-holds-barred dance party.

So why do people gather together to potentially ruin nice white clothes and eat with guests they don't know? Because it looks, frankly, amazing, and people don't eat with strangers nearly enough. Vive le diner!