The Evolution of Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver
You’ve just taken a seat at an elegantly decorated dinner table with your closest friends while enjoying some of the most spectacular views the city has to offer. The late August evening sun is casting a golden halo over a sea of guests dressed elegantly in white. Wine glasses clink as your friends share a delighted laugh, and you do the same while feeling authentically in the moment. You enjoy a temporary escape into a space where friends are truly savouring life, and the energy is liberating. Dîner en Blanc Vancouver exudes unparalleled charm, and although the premise remains the same, Dîner offers a fresh spin on this enchanted gathering year after year. Guests have been treated to a world-class dining experience with epicurean meals designed by David Hawksworth, and Cocktails and Canapés, accented by an evolving seasonal wine portfolio. Each surprise location offers a distinct atmosphere, and this year the city’s most chic dinner party is revisiting its Parisian roots with a more intimate atmosphere in two surprise locations. In 2017 guests can look forward to a grassroots and romantic iteration that recalls Dîner en Blanc’s humble inception in Paris nearly 30-years ago. In honour of Dîner’s evolution, join us as we take a walk down memory lane and conjure sparks of the ephemeral magic we’ve created in the year’s past.
2012 – Vancouver’s First Le Dîner en Blanc – Jack Poole Plaza
The excitement was palpable. Over one-thousand guests waited in restless anticipation to find out the secret location of their elegant picnic. As soon as the location was revealed waves of eager, white-clad guests descended on Jack Poole Plaza to set up their tables and chairs at their debut Dîner en Blanc. Situated between the Olympic Torches and the waterfront at Coal Harbour, guests enjoyed views of the city skyline to the south, and gorgeous views of the mountains to the north. Part mystery and part magic, Vancouver’s first Le Dîner en Blanc captivated guests and onlookers alike.
2013 – Dining Beside Science World
Hundreds of guests kicked off the second annual Dîner en Blanc by excitedly rushing to the shore to welcome a number of their peers who made a striking entrance by yacht. Guests this year took the expression, “arrive in style” to a whole new level, and the lavish nature of this celebration didn’t fall short of expectations. Guests had their choice of preparing their own delicious meals, or enjoying an elegant dinner designed by celebrity chef David Hawksworth. To conclude this delightful evening, guests were welcomed into the exclusive after party hosted inside Science World.
2014 – David Lam Park
The city lights were no match for the 3,500 sparklers that lit up the sky at David Lam Park during the signature sparkler moment. The stunning harbour front at False Creek bordered the event to one side, while guests could enjoy breathtaking views of Science World and of BC Place to the other. Nestled between greenspace and skyscrapers, unforgettable memories were made during this enchanted evening. By the third annual Dîner en Blanc, there was no sign that this event was losing any of its allure, rather it was picking up considerable momentum.
2015 – Dining at Canada Place
A flurry of white garments and decorations quickly took over one of Vancouver’s most iconic locations on a late summer’s evening in 2015. Canada Place offered one of the most captivating settings for Le Dîner en Blanc with striking white sails accentuating the views of North Vancouver, Stanley Park and the Georgia Straight. Depending on where one was sitting, one might have witnessed an elegant wedding that took place among the festivities. In addition to the nuptials, 4,500 guest enjoyed an evening filled with dinner, live performances, and dancing. This may have been the most sensory rich Dîner en Blanc in Vancouver yet!
2016 – Concord Pacific Place
The tables were set and wonderful meals were about to be enjoyed, but not before 6,000 guests waved their white napkins in the air to signify the official commencement of Le Dîner en Blanc. This was Canada’s largest outdoor dinner party, and the third largest Dîner en Blanc in the world. With an extraordinary demand for tickets, The Social Concierge welcomed guests to Concord Pacific Place, and once again, this carefully selected location offered spectacular views of the city. After the signature sparkler moment the Juno-nominated jazz band, The Lost Fingers, took to the stage for an energetic finale. This year’s exclusive after party was held at the Edgewater Casino where there were stunning live performances and beautifully dressed guests who danced the night away.
2017 – Revisiting Parisian Roots
One of Vancouver’s most anticipated summer events returns in just a couple of weeks, and registered guests are putting the finishing touches on their all-white wardrobe and crafting ornate centrepieces for their beautifully decorated tables. Most of all, they are waiting with great anticipation to experience another unforgettable evening. Whether the guest is returning, or it is their first time, there is always a sense of mystery and allure to each unique Dîner en Blanc. For those who are having their dinner catered, this year meals will be designed by Vancouver’s Vital Supply Co and Cocktails and Canapés. Guests can expect a more intimate setting where an emphasis is placed on making connections. Whether adding fire to an existing flame, or sparking new friendships, this year our guests will be revisiting a simpler time when the most important part of a dinner party are the connections you make.