Dîner en Blanc, Vancouver’s favourite—okay, only—love-to-hate, all-white picnic, will return for its seventh edition on August 23.
One of 80 pop-up dinners taking place around the world as an offshoot of the original event, which was founded in Paris in 1988, the al fresco soiree takes place at a secret location that is revealed to guests no more than an hour before mealtime.
This year, organizers promise that the site will be “one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces and is quite possibly the most stunning location for Le Dîner en Blanc – Vancouver to date”. The fete will also feature pop-up art installations, live music, and other elements.
Guests are required to dress head to toe in white, and every pair must bring a meal to share and their own all-white table settings. Attendees must also dispose of any litter and leftovers before leaving.
Invitations are distributed through a multi-phase, member-based process that gives first dibs to past attendees and referrals from past attendees. Registration for first-time guests is now open online.
Tickets are $40 each, plus a $9 membership fee for new members (You must be a “member” of the Dîner en Blanc club before you can purchase a ticket.) The price does not include optional catering services and onsite wine and Champagne. (Beer and hard booze are prohibited.)
Launched in 2011, the Vancouver version of Dîner en Blanc has taken place in public spaces such as Canada Place, David Lam Park, and Devonian Harbour Park and Harbour Green Park. Last year, over 5,500 people reportedly attended.
Hilariously, the event has even spawned a counter-picnic titled Ce Soir Noir, an all-black, "ad hoc, barely-even-organized, family-friendly" alternative that typically takes place at Crab Park.