1) the sun sets on the 4th Diner en Blanc Vancouver
Back in August we attended our 3rd Diner en Blanc Vancouver event. Diner en Blanc began back in Paris, but of course, some 17 years ago and is now a global phenomenon. It is the event of the year in most cities and Vancouver is no exception. From it`s intial beginnings at Jack Poole Plaza (2012), to its second incarnation at Science World in False Creek (2013), to the third event at David Lam Park (2014) its size has ever-increased. This year`s event was held at Canada Place, the iconic cruise ship terminal in Vancouver on Coal Harbour.
With size however, comes problems, and the venue – narrow and tiered over 2 levels on the triangle that is Canada Place – was ill-suited to the 4,500 guests who managed to obtain tickets. By comparison, the 2012 event at Jack Poole witnessed only 1,200 white-clad guests. Thankfully, we had a good group of friends to dine, cajole and frolic with, but in all honesty, the organizers are risking the `espirit` and `joie de vivre` of the event in their rush to grow participation. Danger lurks there.
2) we gather at Waterfront Station in anticipation of the big reveal and the announcement of where we are heading
3) ta-da! Canada Place it is
4) slowly working our way to our assigned seats … that`s North Vancouver in the background and Grouse Mountain
5) here is our table setting this year
6) the Hawksworth crew busy themselves with food prep
7) we opted to take the prepared meal this year, courtesy of Hawksworth
8) dinner begins with the twirling of white napkins
9) G goes up … wine in hand
10) hey! I know these folks … our friends give us a wave
11) exploring up on the second tier
12) the evening traditionally ends with the lighting of sparklers