Late last week, we peeled out of work at mach speed and grabbed a quick 25-minute flight to Victoria thanks to Harbour Air. What a way to make an entry on a stunning and sun-drenched evening, we gotta say.
Given that this marks a rather special anniversary for Dîner en Blanc, the celebratory mood was all the more heightened. Established in Paris more than 25 years ago, DeB has spawned pop-up all-white parties throughout the world since – NYC, Montreal, Sidney, Barcelona, Singapore and more.
Thanks to Vancouver’s The Social Concierge, this culturally rich experience has landed in Western Canada – and now the provincial capital for good. Coupled alongside their stellar (and award-winning) event execution skills, Brink Events assisted as the local go-to source, helping ensure that this Diner en Blanc was another resounding success.
It was indeed, as we saw more than 800 of Victoria’s own flock to the secret location set amidst the landmark gardens of St. Ann’s Academy, surrounded by lush greenery. The pop-up picnic party quickly got underway with music filtering through the evening’s conversation. An eclectic mix of guests, young and slightly older, all added to the excitement.
Victoria, lovingly known as one of Canada’s most romantic-yet-sleepy towns rarely ever sees such well-known international fete and is (at least to some of us who went to university here) also dubbed ‘home of the newly-wed or nearly dead’ – it is just that relaxed and casual.
To see such vibrant energy and creativity abound in one place and to have the opportunity to partake in provoking conversations with likeminded young professionals now helping shift that perspective and misconception truly inspired us.
Next up: Dîner en Blanc is set to return to Vancouver later this summer. Take a look back at last year’s inaugural event and start planning that summer white outfit now.