THIS MONTH (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.
  • Tuesday, February 5: Si Mangia! Memories, Lessons and Recipes from Italian Immigrant Life, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Barbara Frum Branch of the Toronto Public Library presents a reading by Luciana Longo from her cookbook/memoir, Si Mangia! Memories, Lessons and Recipes from Italian Immigrant Life. She will share the secrets to making the perfect tiramisu! There will be a question period, book sales and book signings. Admission: Free. Pre-registration is requested online.
  • Tuesday, February 5: The History of Kensington Market, 6 to 9 p.m. The Depanneur restaurant’s monthly Table Talk series presents food educator and podcaster Rosalin Krieger in a discussion about Kensington Market’s eclectic, evolving ethno-cultural mix, class history and political significance from 1815 to the present. Accompanying the talks is a dinner by chef Len Senater that is billed as “an abbreviated history of Kensington Market in food form” and includes Scotch broth; braised beef brisket; potato-celeriac purée; red beet, cabbage & onion salad, and traditional Chinese sweets. Gluten-free and vegan options are available. Admission: $35, including dinner but not extra desserts or beverages.
  • 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, during which 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.
  • Saturday, February 23: En Passant par la Lorraine, 7:30 to 10 p.m. The Depanneur restaurant presents a traditonal French dinner conceived by CHC member Chantal Véchambre to explore the cuisine of the Lorraine region. The menu includes Muenster en Brik cheese, Quiche Lorraine, Palette de Porc avec Miel des Vosges and Baba au Rhum. Guests will go home with a bag of small madeleines for their breakfast. Admission: $60. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday & Sunday, February 23 & 24: Canadian Taste Buds. Scarborough Museum explores the monthly recipe for February: Cinnamon Crunch Bread Pudding. Admission: By donation.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Saturday, February 16: Midwinter Pride and Prejudice Ball (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn hosts a Valentine’s celebration that Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy might have enjoyed, presented by CHC member Karen Millyard (Jane Austen Dancing) and featuring dancing, a historical supper and elegant period refreshments. Admission: $65 (general), $55 (seniors, youth & students). Pre-registration is required, 416-578-1031.
  • Sunday, February 17: The Art of Marmalade (or, Preserving Sunshine), noon to 2:30 p.m. (Hamilton). The Mustard Seed Co-operative Grocery hosts a canning workshop by Master Preserver Camilla Wynne (Preservation Society). Admission: $55-$60.
  • Sunday, February 24: Historic Winter Hat Show & Tea, 1:30 to 3 p.m. (Oshawa, Ontario). 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 tastings of its own Roedde House tea blend by Metropolian Tea Co. and tours of the museum. No reservations needed. Admission: $8.
  • February 1 to 7: La Semaine de la Poutine (Montreal). Restaurants celebrate the best poutine the city has to offer.
  • Sunday, February 10: Let’s Preserve Summer (Brantford, Ontario), 1 to 4 p.m. Our Kitchen Brantford and the Jelly Girls host a canning workshop by Master Preserver Camilla Wynne (Preservation Society). Admission: $50, including a welcome bag from Our Kitchen Brantford.
  • Saturday & Sunday, February 16 & 17: Antique Cookbook Roadshow, 1 & 3 p.m. on Saturday & 1 p.m. on Sunday (Hillier, Ontario). Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards & Estate Winery hosts a cookbook appreciation event, featuring evaluations by CHC member Liz Driver of heirloom cookbooks brought in by participants, plus information about the County Museums’ cookbook collection and samples of recipes from Dora’s Cookbook (published 1888), such as recipes for Bay of Quinte cake, stewed squirrel and scalloped frogs, among others! Admission: Free.
  • Monday, February 18: Family Day Wassailing Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Caledon, Ontario). Spirit Tree Cidery offers family fun that includes skating, sledding, a bonfire and marshmallows, as well as the grand event: the annual orchard procession with the Orange Peel Morris Dancers to help promote a good apple crop. Admission: Donation to Bethell Hospice.
  • Saturday, February 23: Preserving Sunshine (aka Sensational Citrus!), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pointe-St-Charles, Quebec). Chez Blake hosts a bilingual canning and fermenting workshop with food stylist and cookbook author Blake Mackay and Master Preserver Camilla Wynne (Preservation Society). Admission: $125.

LOOKING AHEAD (March 2019)

Toronto

  • Saturday & Sunday, March 9 & 10: Sugar Shack TO. A waterfront festival with skating, maple taffy and other sugary winter treats.
  • Saturday, March 16: Toronto’s Craft Beer, Past & Present: All About Stout, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Market Gallery’s Beer & History Nights present a tutored tasting led by museum manager and certified beer judge Wayne Reeves, who will sketch the rise, fall and resurgence of local craft beer and offer a tasting of modern-day Toronto brews. Admission: $50 + HST, including a flight of five beers and curated treats from St. Lawrence Market vendors. Pre-registration is required; must be 19 or older.
  • Friday to Sunday, March 22 to 24: Toronto Jane Austen Festival (Etobicoke, Ontario, & Toronto). Guests will experience the food, music, clothing and dance of Jane Austen’s time through meals, lectures, hands-on workshops and, of course, a ball! Admission: Varies per event.
  • Saturday, March 23: Parkwood, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme: The History and Use of Herbs at Richter’s Herbs and a Tour of the Parkwood Estate, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CHC presents a day-long motor-coach outing. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
  • Wednesday & Thursday, March 27 & 28: The Future of Food: What Will the Next Five Years Bring? The 7th annual Canadian Food & Drink Summit (organized by the Conference Board of Canada) is an oppportunity to connect with Canada’s thought leaders to discuss their vision for the future. Featured speakers include Nestlé Canada CEO Jeff Hamilton, Costco VP, Food Pietro Nenci, Uber Eats GM Dan Park, Chris Forbes of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada and Simon Kennedy of Health Canada. St. Lawrence Market foods will be served. Admission: $995 (single). $4,475 (team of 6). Contact registrar@conferenceboard.ca for more information.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Saturday, March 16: St. Patrick’s Céilidh, 7 to 10 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Montgomery’s Inn, with Irish stew, fresh-baked bread and live traditional music by Gin Lane. Admission: $5 + HST, cash bar and beef stew for $5 a bowl while supplies last.
  • Friday to Sunday, March 22 to 24: Toronto Jane Austen Festival (Etobicoke, Ontario, & Toronto). Guests will experience the food, music, clothing and dance of Jane Austen’s time through meals, lectures, hands-on workshops and, of course, a ball! Admission: Varies per event.
  • Thursday, March 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
  • Friday & Saturday, March 1 & 2: Desserts by Lamplight, 7 p.m. (Brampton, Ontario). Bovaird House serves up old-fashioned homemade desserts under the warm glow of lamplight. Call 905-874-2804 for details.
  • Friday to Sunday, March 1 to 3: Le Mondial des Cidres SAQ (Montreal). A celebration of hundreds of craft ciders.
  • Sunday, March 3: Healing Cannabis Edibles, 2 to 3 p.m. (Goodwood, Ontario). Richter’s Herbs presents a talk by CHC Lifetime Member Pat Crocker, based on principles outlined in her latest book, Healing Cannabis Edibles.
  • Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 24: Cabane Panache et Bois Rond (Montreal). The ninth annual edition of this urban sugar-shack festival and urban lumberjack party, with music, traditional food and a focus on all things maple.
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).
  • To March 31: First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas(Washington, D.C.). An exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Visitors can pick up recipe cards with updated historical recipes when they visit the exhibition.
  • 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

April 13 (York, England)
34th LEEDS SYMPOSIUM ON FOOD HISTORY AND TRADITIONS
Theme: Flavours, Savours and Sauces.
Application form: Downloadable from this page.

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 (Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, Midland, Ontario)
ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR LIVING HISTORY, FARM AND AGRICULTURAL MUSEUMS
Of note: An opportunity to sleep in a Huron/Wendat longhouse or a 17th-century French building.

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.

June 26 to 29 (Anchorage, Alaska)
ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF FOOD AND SOCIETY (AFSF) & THE AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND HUMAN VALUES SOCIETY (AFHVS)
Theme: Finding Home in the “Wilderness”: Explorations in Belonging in Circumpolar Food Systems.
Of note: Joint annual meeting of the AFSF and the AFHVS, co-hosted this year by the University of Alaska Anchorage, in collaboration with Alaska Pacific University.

July 12 to 14 (Oxford, England)
OXFORD SYMPOSIUM ON FOOD & COOKERY
Theme: Food and Power.
Venue: St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.

November 15 to 16 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
AMSTERDAM SYMPOSIUM ON THE HISTORY OF FOOD
Theme: (Post)Colonial Foodways.
Deadline for abstracts for proposed papers: March 5.

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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