August 24, 2017

SPOTLIGHT | Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2017 x Coal Harbour

Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2017 | Devonian Harbour Park, Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour—(August 24, 2017) Vancouver's most stylish once again gathered en masse and descended down to dual locations this year, Devonian Harbour Park (where media were situated) and Harbour Green Park, both located near the entrance to Stanley Park. Everyone was dressed head-to-toe in their best summer whites—although much tan, beige, and silver colours were spotted—as guests celebrated the sixth annual edition of Dîner en Blanc Vancouver's outdoor dinner party well into night.

Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2017 | Devonian Harbour Park, Coal Harbour
Pre-Dîner en Blanc reception at H2 Rotisserie & Bar inside The Westin Bayshore
Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2017 | Devonian Harbour Park, Coal Harbour

Another 6,000 attendees—over one-third were first-time participants—between the two venues made the trek to set up for another one of The Social Concierge's yearly signature, end of summer events. This year was a more intimate, insular, and slightly more casual affair compared to the last couple years as the event felt focused more on the basics of communal gathering and al fresco dining with all the usual background live entertainment.

Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2017 | Devonian Harbour Park, Coal Harbour
Blooms and Paper flower wall
Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2017 | Devonian Harbour Park, Coal Harbour

In its growth, the tightly controlled picnic venture began in Paris twenty-nine years ago as a flash mob dinner or sorts. Now grown to over seventy cities around the world, the event has attracted much notoriety for its affluent imagery as well as highlighting a cultural divide in contemporary society to outsiders while trying to bring community to those who attend.

Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2017 | Devonian Harbour Park, Coal Harbour

So far, Vancouver has been the only city outside of Paris to hold their Dîner en Blanc at multiple locations. It's a challenge every year to find suitable, accessible locations to accommodate all the moving parts of such a technically impressive endeavour while keeping things loose, lively, and exciting all night.

Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2017 | Devonian Harbour Park, Coal Harbour

Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2017 | Devonian Harbour Park, Coal Harbour

Part mystery, part magic, part je ne sais quoi.
Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2017 | Devonian Harbour Park, Coal Harbour
Zynth & Co. performers
Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2017 | Devonian Harbour Park, Coal Harbour

On the same night, Dîner en Blanc was also held in ChicagoEdmundston, and Bucharest as well.


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