Celebrate Earth Hour Vancouver-Style

photo by flickr/taminator

photo: flickr/taminator

This Saturday, March 31 at 8:30, Vancouver is going dark. Residents and businesses across the city will be switching off their lights for Earth Hour – the largest environmental event in the world. Given that Vancouver A. knows how to celebrate and B. is on track to be the world’s Greenest City, there’s no shortage of ways to spend Earth Hour in the city.

We’ll be spending Earth Hour (unofficially re-dubbed “Earth Cocktail Hour”) dining, sampling and sipping at local eateries that have come up with some pretty creative ways to participate.

With 29 of Vancouver’s finest establishments on board, from the newly opened Black + Blue to Gastown’s hottest beer parlour Bitter, restaurants and bars are truly celebrating this special occasion. The only hard part is choosing where to go:

Bitter Black + Blue C Restaurant
Cardero’s Chambar Ciao Bella
Coast Coza Tuscan Grill Dunn’s Famous
Fishworks Fleuri Gerard Lounge
Joe’s Apartment Bar Judas Goat Taberna La Terrazza
Provence Mediterranean Grill Raincity Grill Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co
Salmon ‘n’ Bannock Salt Tasting Room Sandbar
Seasons in the Park Spencer’s Resto Lounge Teahouse in Stanley Park
Terracotta Modern Chinese The Italian Kitchen The Reef
The Refinery Trattoria Italian Kitchen  

Each restaurant is putting their own spin on it; here’s a sampling of what you can look forward to:

  • Dine in the dark! Expect most restaurants to dim their lights either during the Hour (8:30 – 9:30), or for the whole evening, like Yaletown’s La Terrazza
  • For the romantics, try the cold “sharing” feature in Spencer’s Resto Lounge consisting of Ocean Wise Seafood and served by candlelight
  • Fleuri is offering a special “Earth-friendly” table d’hôte dinner menu. Fleuri is known for its world famous dessert buffet which is also included in this special Earth Hour Menu
  • Eat raw! The kitchen at Gerard Lounge is getting in the spirit with special no-cook appetizers and Earth Hour Cocktails

So here’s our excuse to dine out on Saturday, March 31 (as if we needed one). Just don’t forget to turn off the lights before you head out!

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