Yes – this event was exciting enough to warrant its own post.
After an eventful night on Wednesday, we brushed off our darks and joined fellow “blanchettes” for the invite-only Dîner en Blanc Vancouver. The tradition started 25 years ago in Paris, and has since spread as somewhat of a global phenomenon. This year, the faux pop-up event’s mystery location was revealed as Creekside Park. With its location wedged between the downtown core and Science World, the 2,500 attendees were treated to spectacular False Creek views juxtaposed against an array of city lights. Oh, and did we mention that the waiting list for the event hit a record 12,000 people this year?
An hour before the official start of the event, my date and I (the lovely Ms. Maggie Lin) joined our group at Jack Poole Plaza, where we boarded a chartered bus to the venue. Lien and Craig met their group at Waterfront Station, where their mob of white flooded the Skytrain from Waterfront to Main street.
Once we got to Creekside Park, we did have to set-up our own tables, chairs, flatware, utensils, glasses, tablecloth, dinner…the list goes on. A hassle, yes, but all part of the beautiful tradition. I’m proud to say my first insta-video was made as I stood awing at our crowd at Dîner en Blanc.
As night fell, the final tradition of Dîner en Blanc emerged with sparklers as an over-the-top optical finale. It was the perfect way to end the perfect evening. Given the hassle, would we return next year? Well, do a double-take at the photos and we’d be fools not to.