Thursday, September 14, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Over the course of three days, over 600 people enjoyed the sixth annual White on Whitehaven event where fresh local seafood and French Champagne were served in plenty at the luxury long-table lunch held on its silica sands.
Behind many smiles, however, were a host of secret love stories, long-term anniversaries and a surprise wedding that captured the hearts of all attendees.
Tipped to become one of the most famous long-table lunches in all of Australia, White on Whitehaven was a huge success once again this year, with hundreds of guests flocking onto the sparkling sands dressed in elegant white, sipping champagne and eating freshly shucked oysters.
The brainchild of local restauranteur, Kev Collins from Fish D’vine, the event attracts people from all over the country, as well as locals, everyone coming together to enjoy arguably the best views on the best beach in the world.
“How wonderful it is to have this event here in the Whitsundays!” said Kev.
“We’ve had so many people come back year after year now and the feedback from this year has already been incredible.”
Holding a special place in the hearts of many, the event has also become a destination for couples celebrating anniversaries and it was also a wedding venue for one couple this year.
Kev said these personal connections give White on Whitehaven a deeper meaning and that he always gets emotional when people share their heart-warming stories with him each year.
“One lady told me she had terminal cancer and discharged herself from hospital to come to the event, saying it kept her alive knowing she could be here,” he said.
“It was really sad but very beautiful at the same time.”
White on Whitehaven also sponsors significant raffle prizes which, for the past three years, has helped raise $210,000 for Women’s Legal Services to help women fight domestic violence.
Marching band, The Natural Culture, with organisers of White on Whitehaven Long Table Lunch. Photo credit: Rachael Smith
Jill and Phil Jordan were married at the White on Whitehaven Long Table Lunch on Sunday. Photo credit: Rachael Smith