Now that the world is slowly returning to what it once was, the city is celebrating with the renewed interest of social events. The ability to dress up and gather at a venue for a day of themed entertainment. And here are two that I am excited for and will be attending in August!
Unfortunately, the photos provided are not my own, (I do try to be as authentic as possible and only post my own content. However I have yet to attend either. And I just wanted to share the excitement with everyone first, and invite those who want to attend, to do so.
Coming off the high of The Cup (link below of the recap), dressing for the most fashionable event at the race track, The Vancouver International Polo Festival (VIPF) is a great Segway. More dressing up and more horses.
On Saturday August 13th, 2022 Southlands Riding Club is hosting the first of its kind: an Argentinian-themed afternoon of polo. (As taken from the press release) “The day is themed around a polo-playing country where the culture of and reverence for the “Sport of Kings” runs deep. In this inaugural year, the VIPF is celebrating the culture and cuisine of Argentina”.
The event features an “afternoon of polo matches, a roaming band and tango dancers, three special guest DJ’s spread across the grounds, creative cuisine, interactive polo activations, and custom polo-themed art installations and gallery-style art walk.”
But what I am most excited for is the “spectator-assisted divot stomp”. Divot stomping is a long-standing half-time tradition in the sport of polo. Where, spectators converge on the polo field to stomp down the turf that has been torn up by the horse’s hooves during a match. A fun and interactive, long standing traditional, I am told, and cannot wait to be a part of. So be sure to wear your stomping shoes, or at least comfortable ones as it sounds like there will be lots to explore.
“General Admission tickets are only $25 and grant ticket holders access to the Veuve Cliquot Champagne tent, the Heineken lounge complete with games, a complimentary Argentinian wine tasting from 2:30pm-4:30pm, and a specially curated cocktail program by internationally recognized bartender, Jacob Sweetapple and his team at Notion Concepts”.
“The festival will also play host to Polo Clinics and interactive games with 100% of proceeds benefitting BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Southland’s Horse Rescue Program, aimed at making a meaningful difference in the lives of horses and ponies in need of a ‘second chance’.”
Southlands Riding Club
7025 MacDonald St, Vancouver, BC, V6N 1G2
Saturday, August 13th
Gates from 2:30pm / event wraps at 10pm
On Thursday, August 18th, 2022; after a 2-year hiatus, Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver is returning. This is one of my favourite events for its air of mystery, cohesive theme, and memorable moments. It is all back, and I am off to find an all-white outfit to match.
Guests are required to dress in their best, all white formal attire and converge at a secret location. An event location that is only announced hours before it starts; often large park spaces that is transit accessible. Doing so with everything they need to host a dinner party outdoors. Nothing is provided so with wagons and strong arms: tables, chairs, cutlery, and other picnic accoutrements are brought down. Not to mention food. Many local restaurants offer travel ready 3 course meals for purchase, for the occasion. So, if you take advantage of that you at least have one less thing to worry about. As for drinks, it is champagne and wine only, but as per “Vancouver, B.C. alcohol laws/regulations, guests cannot bring their own alcohol. Guests wishing to enjoy some wine or Champagne, must reserve online through Le Dîner en Blanc’s e-store; however, guests are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages.”
This is not an open invitation event. (As per the press release) “Participation to this unique event happens in three stages: Phase 1 is for members from the previous edition; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase I attendees; and Phase 3 is for people who signed up for the waiting lis. To get the opportunity to be part of the experience, people can sign up now by visiting vancouver.dinerenblanc.com and clicking on the Register tab.
This is basically the bougiest picnic in the park with live music and performers, a feature on local artists and products, stunning art work, and unique photo op moments. The highlight of the latter most is the twirling of the white tablecloths to start the event, and the lighting is sparklers to end the evening.
“Over the years, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on six continents. Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris marked its 30th anniversary in 2018 with a record 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principle fuelling this fantastic event has not: guests dressed in all white continue to gather 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.”
To keep up to date on event announcements, visit vancouver.dinerenblanc.com
Hope to see you all there.