Photos for YAM Magazine by Jack Adamson 

The city’s fifth Dîner en Blanc Victoria saw a sea of white flood into Centennial Square for the annual picnic, held this year on July 7. The crowd of 1,500 — many who were returning guests — gathered at Market Square, Bastion Square, Millie’s Lane, The Bay Centre and at destinations around Greater Victoria to walk or bus to the secret venue, which was announced just before the event commenced.

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“What a beautiful evening for our fifth annual Diner en Blanc Victoria!” says Victoria’s Dîner en Blanc host, Aidan Henry of Brink Events. “So much goes into creating this experience for us as the organizers and for everyone who attends. It all comes together in a flurry of activity to create something magical. We had wonderful food and drink, fantastic guests and as always, a lot of fun on the dance floor. I would like to thank everyone who helps us make this a surprising and signature evening in Victoria year after year. ” 

The event has been previously held in Victoria at St. Ann’s Academy, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ship’s Point and the grounds of the Delta Ocean Pointe. Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide affair with guests gathering at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful public spaces.