Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: Patio Time on Robson Street

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The following article was submitted by the Robson Street Business Improvement Association

Summer time is synonymous with patio time #onRobson. The longer, warmer days mean more time spent outdoors and patio hopping – day or night – is among our fave summer activities. Extended lunch hours and dedicated happy hours are totally acceptable in summer, right?

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Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: Patio Time on Robson Street

Get ready for Araxi longtable dinners 2015 in Vancouver & Pemberton

Araxi's longtable at Pemberton's North Arm Farm | Photo credit Toshi Kawano

Araxi’s longtable at Pemberton’s North Arm Farm | Photo credit Toshi Kawano

They’re back…and the tables are longer than ever.

Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar has announced the dates for its 2015 Longtable Dinner Series. The popular events are notable for both their strikingly beautiful outside locations and their visual appeal.

Then, of course, there’s the four-course meal of farm-to-table fare, designed by executive chef James Walt.

Every year, the Whistler fine-dining establishment organizes some of the region’s most sophisticated picnics. A very long table–think 250 people seated from end to end–is set with white linens and wine glasses.

Then, strangers quickly become friends over an al-fresco meal served family-style.

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Get ready for Araxi longtable dinners 2015 in Vancouver & Pemberton

Secret outdoor dinner for 1,200 people in downtown Vancouver: Diner en Blanc, Aug. 30

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At approximately 6 p.m. on this Thursday, Aug. 30, Vancouver will be awash in a sea of white.

Some 1,200 diners dressed entirely in white will converge on a secret location, carrying their own tables, chairs and tablecloths for an event called Diner en Blanc.

Originating in France, Diners en Blanc have been staged in 20 different cities over the past 25 years.  Among the most memorable locations was in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral, where 15,000 Parisians turned out for a night to remember.

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Secret outdoor dinner for 1,200 people in downtown Vancouver: Diner en Blanc, Aug. 30

Araxi Longtable @ North Arm Farm – A Unique Summer Dining Experience

Araxi Longtable @ North Arm Farm

Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant is of the most acclaimed restaurants in B.C.; it’s also famous for its Executive Chef James Walt and his fresh, seasonal menus that celebrate local ingredients from nearby Pemberton Valley farms, where he collaborates frequently with local growers.

It’s that collaboration with local farmers that inspired the Araxi Longtable @ North Arm Farm, a series of outdoor, fine-dining experiences at Pemberton’s picturesque North Arm Farm taking place on July 2, July 30, August 27 and September 11, 2011.

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