THIS MONTH (January 2019)

Compiled by Jane Black & Sarah Hood

Toronto

  • Sundays, January 13, 20 & 27: Taste of Chinatown Food and Culture Tour, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Savour Toronto invites participants to explore the neighbourhood of Old Chinatown for its diverse food, history and culture, where they will have the opportunity to indulge in generous tastings of dim sum, northern-style dumplings, hand-pulled noodles, and sweet and savoury pastries. A guide will share expertise about Chinese customs, eclectic folklore and a brief history of the Chinese community in Toronto. Admission: $75. Pre-registration is required.
  • Sunday, January 20: Robbie Burns’ Day Celebrations, noon to 4 p.m. Mackenzie House celebrates the birthday of the beloved Scottish poet with toe-tapping live music, shortbread and a taste of haggis. Admission: $5 to $8.
  • Friday to Thursday, January 25 to 31: Dinner with the Mackenzies: A Winterlicious Event, 7 to 10 p.m. Mackenzie House invites visitors to join William Lyon Mackenzie and his wife, Isabel, for a unique dining and theatrical experience in their restored 1860s dining room and parlour, including a four-course meal based on Victorian fare. Admission: $125. (Continues in February.)
  • Saturday, January 26: An 18th-Century French Maritimes Feast, 1:15 to 3:45 p.m. CHC presents a hands-on historic cooking workshop at Ralph Thornton Community Centre in Toronto, led by chef and historic cook Chantal Véchambre. Admission: $65 (general), $60 (CHC members). SOLD OUT

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Friday & Saturday, January 4 & 5: Twelfth Night Traditions: Supper and Dance Party, 5 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, 3:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn hosts this chance to step into the atmosphere of times gone by on the twelfth day of Christmas. Partake in the yuletide customs of Old England: dance to live music and enjoy a historical supper, hot mulled cider and other seasonal treats by the fire. Admission: $55 to $65. Pre-registration is required. 416-578-1031.
  • Saturday, January 19: Queen Charlotte’s Birthday Ball, 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn hosts this annual recreation of a ball that was organized by the officers of the Garrison at York (Fort York) in January 1817. Admission: $85. 519-939-8116.
  • Thursday, January 31: Thirsty Thursday, 7 to 10 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn presents Thirsty Thursday tavern night with beer, wine or a Thomas Montgomery specialty in the restored 1847 barroom, along with Irish stew, fresh-baked bread and live traditional music. Admission: Free. Cash bar; $5 for a bowl of stew while supplies last. 416-394-8113.
Other Regions
  • Tuesday, January 1: New Year’s Levee, 1 to 4 p.m. (London, Ontario). Eldon House invites guests  to enjoy music in the elegant drawing room, exchange greetings and gather for hot cider and treats in the Interpretive Centre. Admission: Free.
  • Saturday, January 19: Iordan—Feast of Jordan, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Edmonton). Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village celebrates one of the most important holy days of the Ukrainian church calendar, Iordan, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany. Admission: $5 to $20.

LOOKING AHEAD (February 2019)

Toronto
  • Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2: Dinner with the Mackenzies: A Winterlicious Event, 7 to 10 p.m. See Friday to Thursday, January 25 to 31.
  • Sundays, February 10, 17 & 24: Taste of Chinatown Food and Culture Tour, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Savour Toronto invites participants to explore the neighbourhood of Old Chinatown for its diverse food, history and culture, where they will have the opportunity to indulge in generous tastings of dim sum, northern-style dumplings, hand-pulled noodles, and sweet and savoury pastries. A guide will share expertise about Chinese customs, eclectic folklore and a brief history of the Chinese community in Toronto. Admission: $75. Pre-registration is required.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Sunday, February 24: Historic Winter Hat Show & Tea, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Parkwood Estate invites the public to join the curator on a journey through the history of the Parkwood Hat Collection, examining its local and societal significance. Homemade scones, preserves, tea and coffee will be served. Admission: $30 + HST. Angie Vehof, 905-433-4311.
  • Thursday, February 28: Thirsty Thursday, 7 to 10 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn presents Thirsty Thursday tavern night with beer, wine or a Thomas Montgomery specialty in the restored 1847 barroom, along with Irish stew, fresh-baked bread and live traditional music. Admission: Free. Cash bar; $5 for a bowl of stew while supplies last. 416-394-8113.

Other Regions

  • Sundays in February: Tea and Tour, seatings from 1 to 3:15 p.m. (Vancouver). Roedde House presents tasting of its own Roedde House tea blend by Metropolian Tea Co. and tours of the museum. No reservations needed! Admission: $8.

CONTINUING

  • To February 24, 2019: Brewing Changes Guelph (Guelph, Ontario). Guelph Civic Museum presents an exhibit that examines the social and economic importance of brewing beer in the Royal City and the changes brought about by the rise, fall and resurrection of Guelph breweries. Admission: $5 (general), free (under 4), $15 (family).
  • Daily: Historic Afternoon Tea & Tour at Fort Langley National Historic Site, tea 1 to 2:45 p.m., tour 3 to 4:30 p.m. (Fort Langley, British Columbia). An elegant afternoon tea at the Little White House (LWH) Salon Café in the coach house of the historic Marr House. Fort Langley, a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, was first established in 1827. On the tour, visitors will hear about local historical characters and explore the homes and workshops of the people of the trade. Admission: $15.68 per person (plus admission fee for groups of 15–30), including tea, tour and HST. 604-513-4799 or fort.langley@pc.gc.ca.
  • Daily: Fishing the West Coast and the Canning Line, 10 a.m. to  5 p.m. (Steveston, British Columbia). The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site offers exhibits on the development of fishing on Canada’s West Coast and modern fishing practices, too. Admission: Free.
  • Sundays, 1 to 3:15 p.m.: Tea and Tour of Roedde House (Vancouver). A tea tasting of Roedde House blend by Metropolian Tea Co., along with a tour of the museum. Admission: $8. No reservations required.
  • Sundays: Gibson House Tea & Tour, 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Toronto). Every Sunday, there’s tea, cookies and a seat for you at the harvest table in the 1850s historic kitchen. Free with regular admission.
  • Indefinite run: Ongoing exhibits at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum(Ottawa). Admission: Free with entrance to the museum. 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416.
  • Indefinite run: Beggar’s Banquet (Louisbourg, Nova Scotia). Participants enjoy an 18th-century maritime meal while dressed in period clothing.

Conferences

Compiled by Julia Armstrong

2019

June 1 to 7 (Vancouver, British Columbia)
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR FOOD STUDIES 14th ANNUAL ASSEMBLY
In association with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Theme: Circles of Conversation.

June 6 to 7 (Tours, France)
FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON FOOD HISTORY AND FOOD STUDIES
Focus: Multi-disciplinary, covering all time periods.

June 6 to 8 (Washington, D.C.)
AGRICULTURAL HISTORY SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING
Theme: Power in Agricultural History.
Of note: 100th anniversary of the society.

June 8 to 12 (Saint-Marie Among the Hurons, Midland, Ontario)
ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR LIVING HISTORY, FARM AND AGRICULTURAL MUSEUMS

June 18 to 21 (Barcelona, Spain)
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON CULINARY HERITAGE, TOURISM AND SUSTAINABILITY
Themes and information: Click here.
Venue: Observatorio de la Alimentación (University of Barcelona) and Fundación Alícia.

July 12 to 14 (Oxford, England)
OXFORD SYMPOSIUM ON FOOD & COOKERY
Deadline for call for papers: mid-January 2019.

2020

June 21 to 25 (Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts)
ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR LIVING HISTORY, FARM AND AGRICULTURAL MUSEUMS

 

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