'Dinner in the Sky' comes to Canada as unique birthday gift
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 5:24 PM - Ottawa is taking Canada's 150th birthday to new heights in 2017 — to be exact, it's taking the party 150 feet above the ground, while serving artisanal charcuterie and gourmet Arctic char.
In July, Canada's capital city will be home to "Dinner in the Sky," an experience that hoists 22 guests 50 metres above the ground to enjoy a gourmet meal: wine, maple-scented butter tarts, and all.
The sky Lounge experience first began in Belgium more than 10 years ago, when a communications agency geared toward gourmet pleasures teamed up with a crane and amusement park installation company. Together, Hakuna Matata and The Fun Group created Dinner in the Sky.
But what about the weather, you ask?
The crane-suspended dinner table features a few additional elements to keep its diners safe, including a canopy to shield from rain and birds, along with seat belts, potentially in the event of wind or shifty eaters.
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Dinner in the Sky Ottawa will take place from July 7 to 22, featuring both a dinner and a tapas-cocktail experience.
Guy LaFlamme, the executive director of the Ottawa 2017 festivities to which this dining experience belongs, told CBC News that the event will provide unparalleled views of Canada's capital city.
"It's going to be a first in Ottawa and since our vistas and panoramas in Ottawa are second to none — the most spectacular — so this will be really the ultimate dining experience as part of 2017," LaFlamme said.
Tickets to the Sky Lounge vary in price, with the cocktail experience costing $150, and the gourmet dinner sitting at $250 -- both before taxes and service fees. Tickets can be purchased online, at www.ottawa2017.ca.