The days leading up to Diner en Blanc had the city abuzz with guests debating both dress code and menu, while also guessing at the top secret destination for the epic gathering that all but cloaks the city in a sea of white.
The day of, our team (still in town from our second successful Notable Fusion Icon event) met up with our group leader before being led to the big reveal in the heart of Yaletown: the sprawling lawn of David Lam Park.
It’s quite something to take in the assembly en masse each year – thousands of well-heeled attendees arriving in droves to set up their own tables, chairs, and décor while music plays in the background.
It’s like witnessing the creation of elegance.
As with the past several years, DeB was blessed with clear blue skies and bright sun overhead and no shortage of guests in the mood to party…and party they did. After a brief welcome by organizers Tyson Villeneuve and Jordan Kallman (of The Social Concierge) the crowd sat back and enjoyed performances courtesy of the Vancouver Opera as they tucked into their meals.
Those that hadn’t packed their own baskets with snacks for the night were likely one of the lucky ones to score a prix fixe meal courtesy of Hawksworth Restaurant (who catered the event).
Entertainment lasted throughout the evening with lantern lighting, plenty of live music, stilt walkers, pop-up art installations, various DJs, and acrobatic performances easily seen on the circular stage at the center of the spectacle.
As the evening came to a close and the sparkers were lit – the real party was just getting started. For the first time this year, Diner en Blanc Vancouver hosted an off-site after party for about a thousand or so at False Creek’s Plaza of Nations. Those who still had the energy (and many did) danced the night away as a rotation of DJs spun some serious beats from a massive stage.
All told, with a waiting list of 35,000 people, we’d say Diner en Blanc is here to stay in Vancouver.
And believe us, this is one party you’re never going to want to miss again.
Images: Jonathan Evans