Diner en … Plaid?

Have you heard of the renowned Dîner en Blanc® events? The concept was created 25 years ago in Paris, and it’s taken hold here in the Vancouver area as well. The concept works this way: thousands of people (who must know at least one member) prepare for a chic picnic dinner at a secret location. At the very last minute the location is revealed, and guests arrive, dressed all in white, with their tables, chairs and picnic dinners. They eat a civilized meal outdoors, in a beautiful location.

This year the Festival du Bois has decided to hold its own event inspired by Dîner en Blanc® – but with a French-Canadian twist (of course!). Called Dîner en Plaid, the event takes place on February 20, 2014 at 6:30pm, kicking off Festival du Bois’ 25th anniversary celebrations. There are some critical differences from the dinner that inspired it. Guests will receive the location of the dinner when they purchase a ticket (just $25 per person!). If you attend, you will not have to bring your own picnic basket, table, chair or tablecloth. In fact, your ticket price includes your dinner and one drink. You also don’t need to know someone on the inside – anyone can purchase a ticket to this most democratic of dinners.

In honour of Maillardville’s logging heritage and culture, guests’ dinner attire must be plaid of some sort. As well, you needn’t fear the elements – the evening’s location will provide all the ingredients and comforts necessary for a wonderful time. It’s an evening of traditional food, live music, good cheer, and lots of colourful plaid, all to raise money in support of the Festival du Bois.

The team at Festival du Bois looks forward to hosting this very unique and special event, and to welcoming folks from all over the region to join them in celebrating the festival’s first 25 years, and to help kick-start the 2014 festivities. Reserve your tickets by emailing info@maillardville.com or calling 604.515.7070. For more details visit www.festivaldubois.ca/diner-en-plaid.

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