Have you ever participated in Earth Hour? It’s a international effort to bring attention to climate change by turning off lights in your home for one hour, which happens to be this Saturday at 8:30 p.m. local time. It’s a purely symbolic, but one with growing importance as the impacts of climate change and sustainable energy only become more pressing. Of course, turning off lights saves energy, but the bigger point is united support for a major cause. Participating in this international event doesn’t require you to leave your home, however, it you want to make it more of a celebration, there is an event in San Francisco not to be missed: Ghirardelli is throwing a special #GoDark Earth Hour party this Saturday staring the perfect pairing for a night with the lights out: dark chocolate.
Over 7,000 cities in 172 countries are expected to take place in the event this Saturday, with San Francisco among them. The lights at the Golden Gate Bridge and the famous Ghirardelli sign will be off for one hour beginning at 8:30 p.m., which alone is interesting to witness, but when you add chocolate, it becomes a night to remember. The Ghirardelli event runs from 6 – 9:30 p.m. with dark chocolate tastings, a blind taste test, candlelit surprises and more. Best of all, the party is free. Other businesses in Ghirardelli Square will be participating in the fun, too, including Wattle Creek Winery, Kara’s Cupcakes and Bulldog Coffee.
Following along with the #GoDark hashtag for more fun and surprises.