Five reasons not to hate Dîner en Blanc Vancouver

The 2014 waitlist for Dîner en Blanc invitations is more than 30,000 names long. That means there’s a whole lot of people in Vancouver who are more than a little disappointed they’re missing out on Thursday night’s picnic at a still super-secret location.

And if your Facebook news feed looks anything like mine, you are hearing about it. Loudly.

Since arriving in Vancouver three years ago and exploding in popularity faster than craft beer, Dîner has become the must-hate event of the summer.

But the thing is, a bunch of good-looking people meeting up for a meal is probably hurting you less than all those cheapskates dumping perfectly good buckets of ice water over their heads.

Let the people in white have their fun. Here’s five reasons not to hate on Dîner en Blanc.

1) It’s not a cash grab

At $35 bucks a head, a night out with the Dîner crowd is less than a couple of those fruity cocktails that I always see Mike Usinger sipping on. Considering this ticket comes with a view, you can’t really call $35 a gouge.

2) It is exclusive, but not by design

Yes, it's tough to get on the list for Dîner. And yes, it can seem a bit unfair when it feels like everybody you know going seems to know someone who knows someone in the know. But Dîner being a tough ticket to get your hands on is pretty much a straightforward case of supply and demand. Since it first arrived in Vancouver in 2012, the event has expanded from roughly 2,000 seats to 3,200 this year, and organizers say the event will continue to grow, slowly. That’s progress, but people are always going to be left out of this one. There aren’t a whole lot of locations in Vancouver where you can find a table for 30,000.

3) Brilliant photographs are a sure thing

For one night, you can safely surf Facebook and Instagram without tormenting yourself with your best friend’s baby pictures and questions of what you’re doing with your unused ovaries after 30. Enjoy social media again. A big chunk of the Dîner crowd does a pretty terrific job dressing up for the evening. And with water in every direction and the mountains behind us, Vancouver isn’t so bad-looking either. If you can’t go, you can still enjoy the view through your iPhone.

4) You don’t have to stay home

There’s no shortage of things to do in Vancouver on a warm August night. A soulful indie-duet from North Carolina called the Rosebuds is playing the Media Club Thursday (August 21), and the fabulous Adore Delano is appearing at Fortune Sound Club. OneLove Festival is using art to destigmatize mental health at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. And Lululemon athletica is hosting a free yoga block party on Robson Street. Get off the couch.

5) There is nothing proprietary about Dîner besides the name

If you want to have a picnic somewhere, go find a park. Vancouver’s got plenty of them. And if you want to wear white while you’re sipping vino out of a red cup, nobody is going to stop you. Call it Dîner en Whatever the Hell Colour You Want, and bon appétit.

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Moebius Stripper
At $35 bucks a head, a night out with the Dîner crowd is less than a couple of those fruity cocktails

Yeah, but at least a $20 cocktail gets you a cocktail, and even a table and chair to sip it at. And assuming Diner en Blanc is doing to take place in a public space, as it is has in previous years, you're paying $35 for a view that's actually free (including tomorrow night. Hey, anyone wanna hang out with me tomorrow evening in street clothes in a public park? Location TBA).

PS, you need to be a "member" to register for this event. Membership is an additional $5.
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Raveen Bains
This event is so overrated. Anyone can host an event like this or better if they wish too. Well anyone who is popular and good looking. The price per person could be more too if the event was to be up-scale.
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Jon Q. Publik
HOLD THE PHONE! The alternative newspaper in town that usually swings to the left gives us reasons why not to hate one of the snobbiest-highfalutin events in town? Is the Georgia Straight Buzzfeed now? How is there no counterpoint to this! The loyal GS following demands 5 reasons why to hate this event.
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Stephen Rees
"And if you want to wear white while you’re sipping vino out of a red cup, nobody is going to stop you."

So all those stories about "pour outs" are false then? There are no police or by law officers patrolling parks or beaches?
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Sandee dee
Lamefest 2014
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Miranda Nelson
@Jon Q. Publik

1. Let's be honest: it's elitist
2. I can dress up literally any time and I don't need an excuse
3. Pretty much no one looks flattering in white
4. Moebius Stripper's gonna throw a better picnic
5. My Twitter feed's gonna be full of nothing but pictures from this for the next three days
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Lower class twit
Oh is the author going? What a disgusting article , do they pick people on their looks ? Vancouver is so boring people get their thrills by exclusion, very very sad
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Travis Lupick
The author is not going. The author will be spending his Thursday evening hanging out at the homeless camp in Oppenheimer Park. (See
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Lower class twit
awesome response, you'll have much more fun cheers
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Never heard of it, have no interest in it, who wants to eat cold chicken with 3500 people,maybe take my toy helicopter and buzz the crowd.
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Yaletown resident
It's at David Lam Park this year.
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Would they be allowed to kick people out who go to David Lam park at 3pm and set up their own ugly brown table, wear colours, and play loud music that isn't from a Starbucks playlist?
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.. we can use my Drone!!!
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Dave M
Count me out, i dont even own an all white outfit.
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Mr. Clean
Is that bleach I smell?
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it looks like hari crishna , i can smell it
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it all looks like some religious sect
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I know people who are going. The same peeps who like to go to everything.

No harm. Though I agree with Miranda Nelson---sometimes, it's better not to be squeezed into a too-tight dress---especially a white one. (Meow). ;-)
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Lol. I can't believe the number of snarky comments being put out on this thread. I just came from dine. I met new people, got to dress up,and enjoyed live music. What's not to love about dine en blanc. It's a fantastic social event that perfectly captures the spirit of vancouver.
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Regular Jane
It's an experience. You're in a sea of 3500 people dressed up lovely in white, you're having a picnic with your love or your best, while listening to live opera performances, live jazz bands, watching acrobatics and admiring art instalments. 3500 people light up sparklers in the night and get giddy about the light show like little kids. It's very pretty. But hey, it's not everyone's cup of tea. But who cares, let them have their 4 hours...yeesh.
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