- Saturday, February 11: Market Fresh: Marmalade & Winter Preserves, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Toronto). The Market Kitchen at the St. Lawrence Market invites participants to work as part of a team to make homemade preserves from seasonal market ingredients, including Meyer Lemon Marmalade, Winterberry Jam and Tequila Pepper Jelly. Admission: $60, including HST and jars to take home. Preregistration is required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Saturday, February 18: 10th Annual Mad for Marmalade, Crazy for Citrus!, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.(Toronto). Fort York National Historic Site and CHC present a full day of speakers, workshops, a marmalade competition and a citrus-themed lunch. Among the presenters will be Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison, authors of Batch, and Camilla Wynne, founder of Preservation Society and author of Preservation Society Home Preserves: 100 Modern Recipes. Workshop leaders include Mary Luz Mejia, Rachel Fox, Elizabeth Baird and Jennifer MacKenzie.
- Saturday, February 18: History Tea & Talk, 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Toronto). The Market Gallery presents a talk about the current exhibition (“Unearthing Toronto’s Oldest Marketplace: The Archaeology of the North St. Lawrence Market”) and the history of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, followed by a tea inspired by market ingredients and Edwardian recipes in the Market Kitchen. The menu includes scones with preserves and clotted cream, finger sandwiches, cookies and cake. Admission: $18, including HST. Preregistration is required: email@example.com or 416-392-7604.
- Monday, February 20: Family Day at Dundurn National Historic Site, noon to 4 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). A guided tour of Dundurn Castle, hands-on activities and sampling of historic goodies made in the kitchen. Admission: $11.50 (adults), $9.50 (seniors & youth), $6 (children), free (infants); $30 (family).
- Thursday, February 23: 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.
- Saturday, February 25: Stock Exchange: Historic Cooking Demonstration, 10 a.m. to noon (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn National Historic Site presents a cooking demonstration in the remarkable historic kitchen below stairs, where costumed cooks will guide participants through a variety of authentic 19th-century soup recipes using a wood-fired cast-iron range. Suitable for ages 12 and up. Admission: $45, including a sampling of the soups and a tour. Preregistration is required.
- Tuesday, April 4: Honey Class Revisited, 7 to 10 p.m. (Uxbridge, Ontario). The Passionate Cook’s Essentials presents Christopher Campbell, who will discuss the importance of keeping our bees alive and the benefits of eating local honey while participants create a five-course menu that includes Blue cheese hazelnut and honey crostini, Honey garlic chicken and Sea salt and honey no-churn ice cream. Admission: $95+HST.
- 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: Food Will Win the War (Ottawa). The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum presents an exhibition on the story of food on the Canadian home front during the Second World War. Focusing on shopping, eating, conserving and volunteering, it shows how Canadians fought a “war for food” to support Canada’s overseas war efforts. Admission: Free with entrance to the museum. 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416.
- To March 18: Unearthing Toronto’s Oldest Marketplace: The Archaeology of the North St. Lawrence Market (Toronto). The North St. Lawrence Market is about to undergo a major rebuild. As part of that process, the citizens of Toronto will have a rare opportunity to look into the city’s past as the building site undergoes a major archaeological dig. Concurrently, the Market Gallery will exhibit archaeological finds from the site, along with historical maps, artworks, photographs and artifacts to tell the story of North America’s longest-running continually operating food market, established in 1803. As the dig continues, new information will be added to the exhibit, showing how historical understanding can change as new research is conducted. 416-392-7604
- To Spring 2017 (closed January 1): Women on the Homefront – Women’s Contributions During World War II, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Steveston, British Columbia). Gulf of Georgia Cannery presents an exhibit that shows how it was the women of Canada who harvested the crops, kept factories running, looked after the children and raised money for the war effort while thousands of Canadian men were overseas. Admission: $7.80 (adults), $6.55 (seniors), $3.90 (youth); $19.60 (family).
If you have an event you think might be of interest to CHC members please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the 24th of the month.