The meat is on the grill and large crowds are in the street in the 200 block of Carrall Street for the Gastown BBQ and Chili Festival.

The event continues today until 7 p.m. and resumes on Sunday (August 31) from noon to 7 p.m. in the same location, culminating in a performance by ambitious local prog rockers Bend Sinister on the outdoor stage.

"Considering we had a little bit of rain this morning, I think the turnout has been absolutely fantastic," festival organizer Eddie Emerman told the Straight. "It just shows the resilience of the Vancouverites."

Naked Sushi calls itself "a group of hospitality professionals striving to provide our guests with an experience that is second to none".

The business has been in Toronto for a while, and the catering and events company is on the hunt for models in the Vancouver area.

So what does Naked Sushi entail?

To start with: female body presentation, aka nyotaimori, in which sushi or sashimi is served on the skin of a woman wearing no clothing.

The third annual Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday (August 30 to 31) on the 200 block of Carrall Street, between Water and Cordova Streets, and is set to be its biggest and best yet. 

The all-ages food and entertainment event is hosted by the Blarney Stone. This year, over a dozen Gastown restaurants will be participating in the festival, including Gringo, Peckinpah, The Hastings Warehouse, Deacon’s Corner, Tuc Craft Kitchen, The Charles Bar, Stateside Craft, Irish Heather, Chill Winston, Lamplighter, Railtown Cafe, and Calabash Bistro.

Dîner en Blanc in Vancouver gets a lot of hate, and for the most part, it’s unwarranted. I attended my first Dîner en Blanc last night, and what I saw were thousands of people having fun, outside at a park, making new friends, and celebrating life. What’s there to hate about that?

Dîner en Blanc literally sparkled in Yaletown last night.

As the sun set on David Lam Park, some 3,200 lucky ticketholders made the north shore of False Creek glow.

Here’s a selection of attendees' photographs.

Vancouver's third annual exclusive, all-white picnic spectacular has come and gone.

Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2014 took place in—surprise, surprise—David Lam Park in Yaletown.

Intrepid photographer Andrew Chin was there to capture these stunning shots of the extravaganza, which temporarily closed part of the seawall.

Vancouver’s best-looking summer picnic is officially underway in Yaletown.

For its third year on the West Coast, Dîner en Blanc is happening in David Lam Park at the east end of Davie Street.

Organizers had a tough time keeping the popular event’s location a secret up to the 6 p.m. embargo this year.

At 5 p.m., media outlets will find out the top-secret location of this evening's Dîner en Blanc Vancouver. However, organizers have asked attending media folks not to share the identity of the site until 6 p.m.

This journalist will not be attending the all-dressed-in-white dinner for three thousand invited guests. But a look at the Twitter timeline of a local broadcaster reveals the likely location of tonight's elite extravaganza.

Ron Wilson has tweeted the following photos of the goings-on in Yaletown's condo-surrounded David Lam Park.

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.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, B.C.'s award-winning Quails' Gate Winery is holding a weekend-long event at its estate vineyards in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.

As part of the festivities, acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Royal Wood will perform an anniversary harvest concert on an open grass area overlooking the Okanagan Lake on Saturday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are priced at $60, but concert-goers can upgrade their tickets to include a canapé and wine reception ($100) or a pre-concert dinner at the winery's Old Vines Restaurant ($170).