While Diner en Blanc was causing a white out at Canada Place, a darker event was happening just further down the shore. CE SOIR NOIR was the first casual picnic organized to provide an alternative to the swanky all-white annual event.
The event’s Facebook page explains: “This is an evening of a resounding positive community eating dinner together. An ad-hoc, barely-even-organized, family-friendly event.”
For CE SOIR NOIR, guests were asked to dress in all-black, bring their own food (and friends), blankets, battery-powered lights, and a non-perishable food item to donate to the Vancouver Food Bank. The event took place at Vancouver’s Crab Park, coincidentally with the Canada Place Diner en Blanc in view.
Those who attended the event say it was a resounding success. “It was fun and well attended” said Nick Routley on Twitter, adding it had an “awesome vibe”. People also poked fun at the different types of crowds who may have attended either CE SOIR NOIR or Diner en Blanc.
“I worry the
#dinerenblanc & #cesoirnoir folks are going to end the night in a rumble behind a craft distillery in a gentrified part of town,” tweeted Alexandra McIntyre.
“Where are the BC voters tonight? Conservatives at
#DEBVan. NDP at #CeSoirNoir. Greens & Liberals sharing take out in a phone booth. #elxn42,” Dan Jackson also tweeted.
Were you at CE SOIR NOIR? Tell us how it was in the comments below.
#cesoirnoir #vancouver #yvr #vsco #vscocam A photo posted by Robert Morrisey (@weileway) on
#cesoirnoir dans #crabpark #icicb A photo posted by Benoît Ferradini (@benferradini) on
#cesoirnoir A photo posted by The Jamie Murphy Show (@iamjme) on
@socialbites breaks out the communal chocolates to round out our #cesoirnoir feast. A photo posted by Crystal Henrickson (@crystalhenrickson) on
#CeSoirNoir scene: All black everything. Were you there? #Vancouver #districtlocal #crabpark #dtes A photo posted by District Local | Vancouver (@districtlocal) on
Just me and my little #LBD at #CeSoirNoir tonight overlooking #DinerEnBlanc ???? . . . #yvr #thasit A photo posted by @delhi2dublin on
crows. #cesoirnoir A photo posted by Daniel from The Liquidator (@dealsbydaniel) on
Last night’s #CeSoirNoir ended in a mystic little soundscape and sea of giant bubbles. AND the first taste of an unreal recipe from @beaucoupbakery for #FEASTtheBook. So, a great night. A photo posted by FEAST: An Edible Road Trip (@feast_on) on
Who doesn’t love the bubble man at #cesoirnoir in #Vancouver? Kids gravitated towards the large bubbles once he started performing during a synchronised audio track at 8 pm. The ambient soundtrack played on every participant’s phone combined with the bubbles made for an ethereal experience. #bubbles #vancity #picnic #fun #black #LG4 #lgg4thegreat A photo posted by Mark Yuen (@mark.yuen) on
They wouldn’t let us into Dinêr en Blanc so we joined the postcolonial art kids and leather kilts at Ce Soir Noir instead. Cheers to @instagraemeberglund and the volunteers/organizers at the donation booth! Slightly #latergram #cesoirnoir #vancouver #vancouverisawesome #black #pr A photo posted by Yulu Public Relations (@yulupr) on
I want a picnic and I want it dressed in blaaaack A photo posted by Bored in Vancouver (@boredinvancouver) on
#cesoirnoir with these lovely ladies. Photo courtesy of @squidney_g. #balderdash #picnic #crabpark #Vancouver #vancitybuzz A photo posted by Meghan Savage (@meghansavage) on
Ce Soir Noir tonight with some stunners. So happy to have met you amazing women. Looking forward to creating more memories like these. Thanks for all the laughter tonight! A photo posted by K I R A A L Y S A (@vanbbeauty) on
Forever a black sheep #CeSoirNoir A photo posted by Elyssa Mac (@emacthegreat) on
First picnic squad settled. People just starting to roll in. #cesoirnoir15 #cesoirnoir A photo posted by Graeme Berglund (@instagraemeberglund) on