From global phenomenon to highly sought after secret, Diner en Blanc will take over Vancouver¹s public space on August 22, 2013. Taking the pop-up concept to a refined and mysterious level, these romantic outdoor epicurean feasts are attended annually by as many as 10,000 people in cities around the world.
For Vancouver’s second official Diner en Blanc, the guest list will be limited to 2,500 people for the yet to be disclosed location. In the inaugural year, the event was held at Vancouver¹s Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre and was attended by 1,200 people.
True to tradition, bystanders will witness groups of 100 to 300 people gather at specific rallying points all across the city. These groups will then converge on one of the most beautiful settings in the city, either on foot or by other means of transportation. Everyone is asked to dress elegantly in white, from head to toe, and bring their own epicurean feasts, tables, chairs, fine china, silverware and white tablecloth. Over the course of the evening, the diners eat and celebrate amid live music and dancing. Visually breathtaking moments include the waving of a white cloth napkin to mark the beginning of the dinner, as well as the lighting of sparklers to let participants know they are now free to circulate, mingle and dance. When it is time to leave, guests pack up their crystal, dinnerware and tables, pick up their litter and head into the night, leaving behind no sign of their elegant revelry.
We hope Vancouverites are ready to outdo themselves for this year¹s edition. Now that people know what to expect, we can’t wait to see what our guests will do to help us top last year’s most memorable event of the year, says Tyson Villeneuve co-organizer of the Vancouver Diner en Blanc. “We’re expecting even more effort will be put into preparing a superb meal, a show-stopping floral centerpiece, and an elegant head-to-toe white outfit.
Diner en Blanc brings a truly memorable culinary experience to Vancouver and we are thrilled to be part of it. The evening will showcase a unique slice of European culture paired with our own Vancouver flavour, which will result in a genuine sense of occasion and a distinct epicurean celebration,” shared David Hawksworth chef and owner of Hawksworth Restaurant.