Diner en Blanc 2014 Vancouver

A month or two ago, I received a special "secret" invite to a Vancouver tradition: Diner en Blanc. If you've never heard of it, Diner en Blanc is a worldwide trend where various cities host spontaneous fancy dinners where everyone dresses up all in white. It's very much like a rave/flashmob minus the dancing. Participants are sent the secret location of the dinner only a couple hours beforehand and everyone shows up at the designated spot in their outfits, with tables, chairs, cutlery and even food in hand. Although there are a crap ton of rules around the event (bright whites only, invite only, must bring everything yourself unless you pay for the catered dinner, etc), it's still seen as a fun way to meet new people, dress up and participate in an exclusive event.

Normally there is a waitlist of thousands (over 33k this year to be exact) to get in, so when I received my media invite, I was thrilled! I was also a little sheepish as I do think the event, with all its rules, is a bit douchey and a way for douchy people to rub their exclusive "coolness" in people's faces, but I guess I am more okay with it if I'm one of those people?? Argh.

Anyhoo, it was a beautiful Vancouver evening when I skipped out of work in my all white outfit and trained my way over to this:




Just J: Diner en Blanc 2014 Vancouver

Everything was beautiful! The decor, everyone's outfits, the clear and gorgeous surroundings - it felt super elegant and not nearly douchy at all.

Now who says Vancouver is a boring city?

Just J: Diner en Blanc 2014 Vancouver
Love how people went all out with their outfits, such as this lady with full-on angel wings!

Just J: Diner en Blanc 2014 Vancouver
The media tent where everyone hovered for free canapes c/o Hawksworth

Just J: Diner en Blanc 2014 Vancouver
The evening opened with opera and dancers

Just J: Diner en Blanc 2014 Vancouver
Me with Michelle da Silva of The Georgia Straight.
Photo: Sheila 

Just J: Diner en Blanc 2014 Vancouver
Sheila and I
Photo: Sheila

Just J: Diner en Blanc 2014 Vancouver
Some of the tasty treats c/o Hawksworth in the media tent



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