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Give Tri-City restaurants your love, here's how

Plans are forming for a Taste of the Tri-Cities dine out program for 2021 to support Tri-City cafés, breweries and restaurants through the pandemic.
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The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is asking restaurants to participate in a Taste of Tri-Cities event. Photograph via Getty Images

That favourite restaurant may need your extra support in the dead of winter, especially during COVID-19 and a business group has figured out a way.

In February, there will be a big focus on local restaurants in the Tri-Cities, in an initiative prompted by a group called the Tri-Local Collective.

Called the Taste of Tri-Cities, the program will drive business to Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody restaurants, cafes, and breweries through the industry’s traditionally slowest months. 

The initiative, to take place between between Feb. 15 and March 19, 2021, will offer a range of options for dining, depending on the COVID-19 pandemic and provincial health orders.

But it’s all geared to help support these local businesses at a crucial time.

“We want to make sure people support restaurants after Christmas and Valentines Day,” said Michael Hind, CEO of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce which is helping to promote the idea.

However, to get the initiative up and running, the group needs restaurants to get involved and to that end the Tri-Cities Chamber is hosting an introductory call for restaurants, cafes, and/or breweries that are interested in participating.

On Monday, Dec. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15, interested businesses can participate in the Zoom call to find out more about the Taste of Tri-Cities program and provide feedback.

“Our business community has been inspirational through the pandemic. Their resiliency and innovation has kept dollars and jobs in our local economy. As we move forward in the second wave, it is essential to continue our support for local business. The Taste of the Tri-Cities program will provide an easy way for our community to discover a new restaurant, cafe or brewery offering dine in and take out options,” the Chamber stated in a press release..

The collective is comprised of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, Austin Heights BIA, Downtown Port Coquitlam BIA, Port Moody & Co, Shop Local Port Moody, and the Tri-City News.

For more information, visit the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.