It’s time to break out your whitest whites and/or proverbial pitchfork of choice: Dîner en Blanc, one of Vancouver’s most extravagant—and love-to-hate—events will be returning for its sixth annual iteration on August 24.
Founded in Paris almost three decades ago, the event is an invite-only, pop-up picnic with a “secret location” that is revealed no more than an hour before it’s set to start. Attendees are required to dress head to toe in white, and every pair of guests must bring a foldable table, two white chairs, a white tablecloth, and dinner settings, as well as a meal to share. Leftovers and litter are disposed of by diners before they depart.
The soiree has since been adopted by 70 locales around the world, including New York, Singapore, and here in Vancouver, where residents have flocked to sites such as False Creek, Canada Place, and David Lam Park to take part in the festivities.
This year, Dîner en Blanc Vancouver will take place at “dual locations”. Like past iterations, the event will include entertainment in the form of live music, dance performances, and pop-up art installations.
Last year, a record 6,000 invitations were handed out to Vancouverites. A total of 5,500 invites will be sent out this year, though there is a multi-phase, member-based process that determines who gets an invite when. Registration for first-time attendees is now open online. Waiting lists have been known to reach the five-digit range.
Tickets are $40 each, plus a $9 membership fee for new members. (All invited guests must purchase a valid ticket for entry to the event.) Catered picnic baskets, wine, and champagne are available for pre-order and may be picked up onsite.
If you're unable to nab an invite, keep your eyes peeled for Ce Soir Noir. Founded in 2015 as a tongue-in-cheek alternative to Dîner en Blanc, it typically takes place at Crab Park around the same time as the all-white picnic.