Nothing gets me as excited as partaking in Diner en Blanc in the summertime. Perhaps it is the secrecy of the location that is so alluring or the exclusivity factor, but I love the idea of it altogether. Having an al fresco picnic in a beautiful setting with such attractively dressed individuals seriously sets a kick-ass mood for the rest of the night. It also forces you to indulge in your creative side and craft a beautiful spread not only for the instagram (don’t deny it), but also with your attire and décor – it would be a shame not to that’s for sure.
Last year, I partook in my first one, which was held in David Lam Park. Saying it was spectacular would be an understatement. Canada Place, the chosen venue for this year, seemed less “special” in the of the arrival since it’s such a familiar location, but I soon realized how perfect it was later on in the night. Though we weren’t all seated on the same level, we were able to wander around and take pictures by the water. It was dreamy and picturesque, despite it being quite chilly. Lesson to self: always bring a jacket no matter how annoying it is to carry. It felt so grand and reminiscent of a maze in a way; every section was unique and not to be overlooked.
Unlike last year, we decided to bring our own food rather than get it catered. It is a hassle for one partly because of the extra weight, but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. We had a fantastic spread of cheeses from The Farm House, apricot jam and hummus, Terra Breads loaf, polenta, ratatouille, and a trifle of homemade banana bread with mascarpone and blackberries. All home-made and all delicious.
I noticed a lot of couples picked up their food from local grocery stores like Meinhardt or Whole Foods, which is smart since there is no need to prep and can be easily grabbed on the way.
We downed our meal with some local sparkling apple and pear juice which I picked up on my recent trip to the Okanagan, whilst mingling with our incredibly friendly neighbours! The one thing about these events is how open everyone is to socializing and meeting new people. It could be the alcohol letting everyone feel loose, but hey, no one’s complaining. I mean, except for the few broken wine glasses that occurred, but we’ll let that slide.
The whole event is such a feast for the eyes that you are practically in awe staring at the fashion to the food to the décor. It’s a “cult” if you will that turns heads and who doesn’t want to partake in that?
Thank you Diner en Blanc once again for hosting the event, and until next year, my inner girly girl awaits to indulge her fairytale dreams again.
P.S. to the D.J. this year, you slayed with that playlist.