• Thursday to Monday, June 29 to July 3: YVR Food Fest at Olympic Village (Vancouver). This multi-day food festival will also feature a speaker series revolving around culinary topics, a long-table dinner, an outdoor brunch, and a Canada Day barbecue with live music. Its most popular event is the street-food showdown: a gathering of more than 80 food carts and restaurants that will serve tasting-menu items and drinks from wineries, breweries and distilleries. More information and tickets online at yvrfoodfest.com.
  • Saturday, July 1: Canada Day, celebrating Canada 150 across the country. Most historic houses and museums have special programming.
  • Saturday, July 2: Historic Cooking Workshop: Pastry, 10 a.m. to noon. (Hamilton). A costumed cook in Dundurn National Historic Site’s historic kitchen provides a hands-on historic cooking session using the wood-fired cast-iron range. Includes a kitchen garden tour, tastings and take-home recipes. Suitable for ages 12 and older. Admission: $55 per person. Preregistration is required.
  • Thursday, July 6: Dishing Up Toronto: Follow the Maize—From Mexico to the Great Lakes, 6 to 8 p.m. The Toronto Reference Library (Beeton Hall) presents an evening dedicated to the long story of corn’s development as one of the world’s premier foods, its place in Mexican culture and gastronomy, and its gradual transition to the Great Lakes area, where large corn farms were cultivated by the Peoples of the Longhouse, the Huron-Wendat (and later the Seneca), in villages all across the Toronto area long before Europeans arrived. Samples will be served. Preregistration is required.
  • Friday & Saturday July 7 & 8: Ukrainian Heritage Foods Workshop, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day (Edmonton). Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village offers a class in making pyrohy from start to finish, with sampling at the end and a take-home recipe. Preregister at uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca or 780-662-3640. Admission: $20 (18+); $15 (7–17, accompanied by an adult) for either day’s class.
  • Sunday, July 9: Taste of Mytilini Greek Supper Club, 6 to 9:30 p.m. (Toronto). Kalofagas Greek Supper Club presents a culinary journey of Mytilini (Lesvos), with a menu that includes Louloudia (Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms), Giouzlemedes (Fried Cheese Pies), Butterflied Shrimp, Imam Bayildi (Slow Braised Eggplant), Sun-dried and Grilled Octopus, Whole Sea Bream and a dessert of Kataifi Trifle, with wine pairings. Admission: $95.
  • Thursday, July 13: Scholar’s Long Table Series, 6:30 p.m. (Vancouver). An al fresco five-course farm-to-table dinner with live music at the UBC Farm. UBC’s executive chef David Speight and the team at Scholar’s catering use seasonal, locally sourced ingredients grown steps away from the dining table. Admission: $80 + GST.
  • Saturday, July 15: Summer Foraging at UBC Farm, 1 to 3 p.m. (Vancouver). Participants will learn how to safely identify and cook wild summer edibles such as cattails, licorice fern, nettles, berries and wild chamomile. Admission: $35 + GST (general), $28 + GST (students), including sampling of wild edibles and discussion with wildcraft expert Robin Kort.
  • Saturday, July 15: Long Table Dinner, 5 p.m. (Edmonton). Chef Brad Smoliak from Kitchen by Brad offers a long-table dinner with a cooking demonstration and an after-hours, interactive tour of the Ukrainian Village, a horse-drawn wagon ride and complimentary bag of Red Fife flour to take home. Limited to 18 preregistered participants. Admission: $132 + GST. Preregistration is required at info@kitchenbybrad.ca or 780-757-7704.
  • Sunday, July 16: Ice Cream Festival, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Ottawa). Canada Agriculture and Food Museum celebrates everyone’s favourite summertime treat. Admission: Included with entry.
  • Sunday, July 16: Hasapotaverna Greek Supper Club, 6 to 9:30 p.m. (Toronto). Kalofagas Greek Supper Club presents an al fresco Greek Supper Club for meat lovers at the Bob Rumball Manor. Inspired by the Hasapotavernes (butcher/meat tavernas) in Greece, the menu will satiate the carnivore, the caveman and the Kalofaga! The menu includes Smoked Eggplant Bouyiourdi, Pork Belly Skewers, Baked Feta Fournou, Arugula Salad with Duck Pastourma, Grilled Soutzoukakia, Rotisserie Pork Kontosouvli, and a dessert of Profiteroles filled with pastry cream and topped with chocolate sauce. Includes wine pairings. Admission: $95.
  • Friday, July 21: Il Mercato, 5 to 9 p.m. (Vancouver). Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre presents the city’s only Italian Market, where the community can shop for fresh fruit and vegetables, handmade products from local artisans and food prepared by Il Centro’s chef.
  • Thursday, July 27: 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 + HST for a bowl of stew, while supplies last. 416-394-8113.
  • Saturday & Sunday, August 5 & 6: Historic Garden Tours, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. & 2 to 3 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Dundurn National Historic Site welcomes visitors to the Kitchen Garden, which catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Listen to informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. Admission: Free.
  • Saturday, August 12: Historic Cooking Workshop, 10 a.m. to 12 noon (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn National Historic Site’s costumed cook will provide an amusing hands-on session in the historic kitchen using garden-inspired historic recipes and produce from Dundurn’s Kitchen Garden. As food cooks in the wood-fired cast-iron range, visitors will tour the garden with a costumed gardener to discover more than 200 varieties of heirloom fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Suitable for ages 12 years and older. Admission: $55, including a recipe booklet. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact 905-546-2872.
  • Saturday, August 12: Rebellious Women: Tea & Matinee, 2 p.m. (Toronto). Gibson House Museum offers a chance to discover the aftermath of the Rebellion of Upper Canada through the perspective of three women whose lives were touched by the turbulent events of 1837. Playwright and actor Adrianna Prosser portrays Mrs. Gibson and her guests, Mrs. Cummer and Mrs. Sheppard, gathering for tea in 1851. Not recommended for children under 12. Admission: $25 + HST, including a Victorian-inspired tea. Reservations are required. 416-395-7432.
  • Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13: Historic Garden Tours, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. & 2 to 3 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). See August 5 & 6.
  • Sunday, August 13: Ukrainian Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Edmonton). Ukrainian Heritage Village and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress celebrate the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada, featuring Ukrainian dance and music, children’s activities, the village market and the Ukrainian Village Food Festival.
  • Saturday, August 19: Rebellious Women: Tea & Matinee, 2 p.m. (Toronto). See August 12.
  • Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20: Historic Garden Tours, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. & 2 to 3 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). See August 5 & 6.
  • Saturday, August 26: Rebellious Women: Tea & Matinee, 2 p.m. (Toronto). See August 12.
  • Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27: Historic Garden Tours, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. & 2 to 3 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). See August 5 & 6.
  • Thursday, August 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 + HST for a bowl of stew, while supplies last. 416-394-8113.
  • Saturday, August 12: A Taste of the Life of Lucy Maud Montgomery (Norval & Glen Williams, Ontario). CHC presents a full-day tour to the home and gardens where Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery lived from 1926 to 1935. Includes a lunch and transportation from the Toronto area.
  • September (Date & location TBA): The McIntosh Apple. (Toronto). CHC presents esteemed food writer Marion Kane, who will talk about the McIntosh apple, which appeared as a chance sport on a farm near Dundela, Ontario, and has become one of the world’s most cultivated fruits.
  • Saturday, October 21: CHC Annual General Meeting.
  • November (Date TBA): Remembrance Day at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place (Toronto). CHC presentations on the theme of 1867: Confederation.
  • November/December (Date TBA): Victorian Cooking Class (Etobicoke). CHC and Montgomery’s Inn present a hands-on cooking class in the historic kitchen.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018: Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter. (Toronto).
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018: Canada’s Table: Our Celebration of Cookbooks. (Toronto).

CONTINUING

  • To September 24: Prohibition in Huron County (Goderich, Ontario). Huron County Museum explores the story of prohibition and temperance in Huron County. Before prohibition, there were many taverns up and down the roads of the county, and the Gaol housed prisoners not only for public drunkenness but also for violations of the Scott Act. Temperance calls brought about years of prohibition, but in recent times new businesses and agricultural endeavours are bringing new life to an old topic.
  • Fridays through the end of September: Shipyards Night Market, 5 to 10 p.m. (North Vancouver). A beer garden, more than 35 food trucks and local food vendors, plus live music, along with other art and entertainment.
  • To December: Tried, Tested, and True: A Retrospective on Canadian Cookery, 1867–1917 (Guelph, Ontario). The McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph presents a Canada 150 cookbook exhibit curated by University of Guelph students. (The library is being renovated this summer, so check ahead regarding closures.) Admission: Free.
  • 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 built in 1827. On the tour, visitors will hear stories 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 in 2017 for Canada 150.
  • 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 homefront 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.
  • Tuesday, July 4 to Monday, September 4: Scottish Tea, 1 to 4 p.m. (Peterborough). Hutchison House Museum presents Scottish Tea on the terrace in the period garden daily (except Monday), with complimentary tours of the 1840s restored stone house. Admission: $10 (general), $5 (9 and under). 705-743-9710, info@hutchisonhouse.ca.

If you have an event you think might be of interest to CHC members please forward to info@culinaryhistorians.ca no later than the 24th of the preceding month.

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