Follow Me Foodie to Diner en Blanc Recap in Vancouver!
Dîner en Blanc (Diner in White) took place Thursday August 30, 2012 and it was Vancouver’s largest pop-up picnic. 1200 diners dressed in all white and gathered together at a secret landmark location for an elegant and chic outdoor party.
Dîner en Blanc is the world’s first viral event which started in Paris and has since traveled to 20 cities across 5 continents. As many as 15, 000 people have attended these events annually and apparently the wait list for Vancouver’s was 2000+ people. The event was advertised on social media and tickets were available to the public although they sold out quickly.
It was a little bit of French culture in a West Coast context with live music, dancing, sparklers, white towels, wine and surprisingly no rain. Diners were asked to bring their own chairs, tables and food (just like you would at a “normal picnic”), or pre-order an optional 3 course menu from Top Chef Canada season one winner Dale MacKay.
If you’re still confused, think flash mob but instead of dancing it’s wining and dining… although there was dancing at the end of the night. It was all that and a bag of organic, gluten-free locally grown potato chips. The event was every little bit of classy, pretentious, sexy and down right impressive. People really put a lot of effort into this and some even changed race for the day… just kidding.
Photo from Maurice Li Photography
And tada! I know. I am lucky to call this my home. Well I don’t actually live at the Convention Centre, but this was the secret location for Diner en Blanc in Vancouver. Many people guessed it before the official announcment which was only released half an hour before the event started at 7pm.
Mountains, water and starlight on one side and skyscrapers and city lights on the other. Welcome to Vancouver! The secret location had to be somewhere iconic in Vancouver so we could show off to the rest of the world just how great we are. Just look at the photos! I’m pretty biased, but I think it’s a pretty amazing city. The point was to make them jealous and make people want to move here… although that also means driving up our real estate…
Chef Shelome Bouvette of Lolita’s dinner. (Photo from Matt Walters at SmokySweet)
Unexpected run in to my cousin and her fiancé from RF Productions (Photo from RF Productions)
And this was my date! I actually picked him up too. It’s the 2012 MINI Cooper Countryman courtesy of OpenRoad Auto Group. It was actually intended for a mini road trip to Sun Peaks the next day, but it ended up matching this event as well!