Beautiful sunset photo on the evening of Diner en Blanc Vancouver
When 2,500 of your like minded friends dine out in a secret location and have to bring their own food, chairs and tables, this is what you get.
Elegant couples dressed in white sip champagne. Pate is spread on freshly broken baguettes. Couples share romantic moments and new friends are made as the sun sets on Creekside Park. Welcome to Diner en Blanc, one of Vancouver’s most unique summer events.
On Thursday night, 2500 people gathered in a Vancouver park to celebrate a tradition that began in Paris 25 years ago. Billed as a “chic picnic”, the event sees thousands of people dressed entirely in white assemble in a public space for an impromptu dinner party. Participants are given a strict dress code (everything must be white, tables must be of a certain size, etc) and are expected to act with elegance and decorum. The end result is a public event that is truly one of a kind.
Part of the event’s charm is not knowing where it will be held. This year’s location near Science World leaked out on Twitter around mid-day but the secret was kept long enough to build the suspense. Participants meet at assembly points around the city and take the SkyTrain or chartered buses to the mystery site. The logistics of moving that many people are daunting but the inevitable missteps were minor and in no way detracted from the event.