10 Free Things To Do in Vancouver in September

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Cooler days. Harvest fests. Autumn mooncakes. Free fun this month is all about seasonal change. Here are ten free events and activities to help you love September in Vancouver.

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10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in September

1) Pit For Your Supper at the Irish Heather: Sept 12.; Sept. 19; Sept. 26
Plenty of Vancouver foodies pony up $16 to dine at the Irish Heather’s legendary Long Table Series, featuring roasts ranging from suckling pig to roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and help pit seasonal fruit for two hours, you can eat and drink for free Wednesdays throughout September. Sign up here.

2) Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Sept. 15-23
Every summer we lounge, socialize and picnic on Vancouver beaches. And every September, upstanding citizens help clean up. The annual Shoreline Cleanup, organized by the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF, is a great way to give back and make friends. While I can’t promise treasure, you might even find something cool(er than an empty plastic bottle). Continue reading:
10 Free Things To Do in Vancouver in September

Communal Dining in Vancouver

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These days, there’s definitely no stigma in going out to dinner alone.  Plenty of singles hunker down at two-top tables across the city every night. But if you’re among those solo diners who’d rather have some company, there is an alternative: communal dining.

Here’s how it works:  Groups of strangers get together for set menus at designated restaurants.  You eat together, get to talking and suddenly you’ve made a few new friends and a had memorable meal.  There are a few options if you’re interested in doing this in Vancouver.

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Communal Dining in Vancouver

Communal Dining Catches on in Vancouver

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Vancouver is at the cutting edge of a lot of culinary movements: the 100-mile diet, nose-to-tail dining, sustainable seafood and innovative fusion, to name a few.  One trend that doesn’t get a lot of attention, however, is the phenomenon known as communal dining.

Think of communal dinners as summer camp meets the grown up world of fine dining.  The traditional restaurant experience involves sitting at a table with friends and family.  Each table is essentially an island unto itself and interaction is kept to a minimum.  Communal dining turns that formula on its head.  Groups of strangers sit side by side, often at long, shared tables.  In many cases, a single dish is served to everyone, enhancing the communal experience.

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Communal Dining Catches on in Vancouver