(From left) Steve Parsons (Steve the Wine Guy)

(From left) Steve Parsons (Steve the Wine Guy)

Cheers to The Planet: An evening to indulge

CEED Centre fundraiser will travel to Pitt Meadows April 26 to mark the city's centennial

You can indulge in all kinds of food and drink you don’t need and feel good about it if you take in the Cheers to the Planet eco-gala, this Sunday, April 27 at the South Bonson Community Centre.

The 6 p.m. fundraising event for the CEED Centre highlights local food and drink to emphasize the importance of growing food nearby.

It’s the fourth year for the event and the proceeds help the centre provide free Internet and literacy outreach, as well as programs focused on food security and neighbourhood development.

“Each year, great chefs at restaurants like Big Feast, Kingfishers and Seasonal 56 outdo themselves to serve mouth watering local fare at our event,” said CEED society president Wendy Rairdan.

“People can sample B.C. wines and beers and food products made locally.”

Although it’s a tasting event, everybody leaves satisfied and with the desire to make some follow-up visits to local establishments, she said in a release.

Guests also have a chance at a draw prize for two tickets to the Michael Bublé concert in June.

Tickets are available at Pitt Meadows city hall, Bruce’s Country Market and Bean Around Books as well as through www.cheerstotheplanet.com.

Dead Frog Brewery, in Langley, is the showcase beer for the event, added society executive-director Christian Cowley.

Bruce’s and Bean Around Books will also provide samples along with Golden Ears Cheesecrafters and Happy Days Dairies.

Firefly Fine Wines and Ales will bring a diverse sampling of wines and Steve the Wine Guy will pour a selection from Peacock and Martin, distributors of many award-winning B.C. vintages. The featured wine producer is Sperling Vineyards.

The CEED centre (Community Education on Environment Development) is located in a heritage building just south of Lougheed Highway on 223rd Street.

Tickets are $60 and half of that amount is eligible for an official tax receipt.

The event this year is sponsored by the City of Pitt Meadows Green Team.

“We wanted to bring our event to Pitt Meadows this year in honour of the centennial,” 100th birthday of Pitt Meadows, Rairdan said.

• For tickets, visit Cheers to the Planet.