1) David Lam Park and Diner en blanc (double-click to open in full size)
This was our second Diner en blanc Vancouver outing. Last year’s version was held at the end of False Creek near Science World (see here for that write-up). This year the rumour was David Lam Park would host the doubled party size: from 1500 white-clad patrons last year, to over 3000 this year. And sure enough as we gathered at Waterfront Station everyone was a-buzz that DLP would be the it spot …. which indeed it was.
We donned our whites again and opted to take the catered meal – provided by chef David Hawksworth – rather than bringing our own food. Way lazy I know. The meal was very nice I thought – pork rillets and a sort of Moroccan chicken followed by a dessert which now some 2 months on I can’t honestly remember. We met up with tablemates from last year and sat beside an Italian family who took us under their wing and fed us silly. It was awesome! We even met a new friend, the incomparable and fashionable designer-framed Brenda, who we’ve since hung out with.
As the evening wore on and the bottle of wines drained, the party got into full swing. There was the usual lighting of sparklers before folks, us included, rushed the wee stage and started dancing. The Diner en blanc promoters, the well-known boutique marketing firm, The Social Concierge, put on another fabulous evening that included vogue-like dancers, opera singers from the Vancouver Opera Company and even a neat large-white-ball art installation. The only hiccup as darkness set in was the lighting of many dozens of Japanese paper balloons which drifted so close to condo balconies at the park that Vancouver firefighters were called out. Oops!
2) marshalling at Waterfront Station
3) our table spread this year is similar to last years though we brought some homemade humus
4) folks settle in and meet and mingle
5) the giant love balls were a hit!
6) I wanted to tell her, ‘yes, it’s real’
10) the (now) infamous Japanese paper balloons head up into the twilight sky
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