THIS MONTH (November 2018)


  • Saturday, November 3: Lunch at Mrs. Gibson’s, 10 a.m. to noon. Gibson House presents a hearth-cooking workshop in which participants, led by an experienced historic cook, will help create an authentic midday meal in Mrs. Gibson’s kitchen, using all parts of the open hearth. Participants must be 12 years of age or older. Admission: $35. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, November 3: Beer & History Night: Amsterdam Brewing, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Market Gallery at St. Lawrence Market presents an event that explores the stylistic range of Amsterdam Brewing, Toronto’s oldest craft brewery, led by museum manager and certified beer judge Wayne Reeves. Along with favourites like Boneshaker, this session includes hard-to-find limited-release beers. Admission: $50. Pre-registration is required. 416-860-0727.
  • Wednesday, November 7: Food and Nutrition Forum, 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair hosts the annual Forum at Exhibition Place, featuring speakers on various topics of interest to food and nutrition professionals. Admission: $50 + HST ($25 plus HST for students), including admission to The Royal. Pre-registration is required.
  • Sunday, November 11: CHC at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, following the 11 a.m. Remembrance Ceremony. CHC members will make a presentation about WWI foodways on the Burnbrae Stage, passing samples of foods like Canadian War Cake. Admission: $15-$27.50, plus various passes for fair admission.
  • Saturday, November 17: Slow Food Toronto Dinner Series, 6 to 10:30 p.m. Slow Food Toronto presents a three-course dinner at Cucinato Italian Culinary Studio (1338 Lansdowne Avenue) that highlights Canadian ingredients sourced from local farmers, created by chefs Edmund Rek, co-owner of Evelyn’s Crackers, and Luciano Schipano of Schipano Fine Foods. Admission: $68.27.
  • Saturday, November 24: Victorian Tea, two seatings: noon & 2:30 p.m. Gibson House Museum invites guests to get into the spirit of the season with a Victorian-inspired afternoon tea. Costumed interpreters serve finger sandwiches, seasonal sweets and home-baked scones with steaming cups of tea. Recommended for ages 6+. Admission: $20, including tour. Pre-registration is required.

Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Wednesday, November 7: Heritage Luncheon, two seatings: noon & 1:30 p.m. (Peterborough, Ontario). Hutchinson House Museum invites guests to enjoy a homemade meal served by costumed interpreters in the historic Keeping Room. Admission: $15 for lunch, including coffee or tea, entrée and dessert. Pre-registration is required. 705-743-9710.
  • Sunday, November 18: Stir-up Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Visitors to Montgomery’s Inn will witness a 19th-century working commercial kitchen at an afternoon of cooking demonstrations presented by historic cooks in costume, including CHC members. Admission: $8 (general), $7 (youth & seniors), $5 (child), including samples while supplies last. 416-394-8113.
  • Sunday, November 18: Toussaint: Traditions of the Dark Months, 5 to 9:30 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn hosts a bewitching evening of storytelling and music from the Celtic tradition of Breton folklore, created by CHC member Karen Millyard. During the “Black Months” of November and December, people gathered by the fire to hear the eerie tales of northern coastal France. Admission (performance): $25 (adults), $20 (youth, students & seniors). Supper admission: $18. Pre-registration is strongly recommended for the performance and required for the dinner; not recommended for children under 12. 416-578-1031.
  • Wednesday, November 21: Dining Decorum, 7 to 9 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). Parkwood Estate explores the etiquette of a fascinating bygone era. Dining Decorum focuses on the dining areas of the mansion, capturing some of the niceties and absurdities of formal entertaining during the 1920s and 1930s. Offering a very intimate and engaging experience, the program also provides the opportunity to view items not usually displayed during the regular mansion tours. At the conclusion of the program, guests will enjoy tea and seasonal scones in the Gardener’s Lodge. Guest participation is encouraged. Admission $30. 905-433-4311 or
  • Saturday, November 24: Baking for the Victorian Christmas Table, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). CHC board member and historic cook Sherry Murphy will once again lead a hands-on exploration of seasonal recipes dating from the Victorian period. This year, we’re in a new venue: the historic kitchen at Campbell House Museum (160 Queen Street West, Toronto). Admission: $55-$65. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
  • Thursday, November 29: 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

  • Sunday, November 4: Open Hearth Cooking at the Manor, 1 & 6 p.m. (Grimsby, Ontario). Nelles Manor Museum presents a chance to try out a variety of hearth-cooking and butter-making techniques, with the help of historic cook and demonstrator Julia Baird, in the museum’s 230-year-old open-hearth fireplace. Admission: $30, including museum tour and recipe booklet. Pre-registration is required. or 289-235-7755.
  • Saturday, November 17: Wassail by Candlelight, 1 to 5 p.m. (Picton, Ontario). Macaulay House is decorated for a beautifully candlelit 1850s Christmas, with tasty heritage recipes to sample at the hearth, entertainment in the parlour and costumed characters! Plum puddings and other baked items will be sold. Admission: $5. 613-476-2148, ext. 524.
  • Saturday, November 17: Brewing Changes Guelph Curator Tour, 2 p.m. (Guelph, Ontario). Guest curator Eric Payseur leads a deep dive into Guelph’s brewing history at Guelph Civic Museum. Admission: $5 (general), free (under 4), $15 (family).
  • Saturday, November 24: Wassail by Candlelight, 1 to 5 p.m. (Picton, Ontario). See Saturday, November 17.

LOOKING AHEAD (December 2018)


  • Saturday, December 1: Frost Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CHC will once again participate in this recreation of a 200-year-old winter observance at Fort York National Historic Site, selling books and baked goods. Admission: Free.
  • Saturday, December 1: Hearth Cooking Workshop: Hogmanay Favourites, 10 a.m. to noon. Gibson House Museum celebrates Hogmanay, the Scottish observance of the New Year. In this workshop, participants will prepare a variety of Scottish classics, both sweet and savoury. This hands-on workshop is led by an experienced historic cook. Children must be 12 or older. Admission: $35.
  • Sunday, December 2: Christmas Dinner at Half Way House Inn, noon. Pioneer Creek invites visitors to explore the historic village decked out for the holiday season and experience a traditional Victorian Christmas with all the trimmings. Admission: $34.95-$69.95. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, December 8: Sweets & Treats, 10 a.m. to noon. Gibson House invites visitors to explore 19th-century holiday traditions, make historic sweets in the kitchen and decorate a gingerbread cookie to take home. Led by experienced historical interpreters, children and adults work together in this hands-on holiday program. Children must be 4 or older. Admission: $30. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, December 8: Christmas Baking Workshop, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mackenzie House invites visitors to try Victorian Christmas baking on the historic kitchen range and learn about the tastes and culinary technology of the 1850s in this hands-on holiday baking workshop. Admission: $30.
  • Sunday, December 9: Christmas Dinner at Half Way House Inn, noon. See Sunday, December 2.
  • Saturday, December 15 & 22: Victorian Christmas Talk & Tea, 2 to 3:30 p.m. St. Lawrence Market Gallery invites guests to enjoy a 20-minute illustrated presentation on Victorian Christmas traditions, followed by tea and Christmas-themed treats. Admission: $25 + HST. Pre-registration is required.
  • Sunday, December 16: Christmas Dinner at Half Way House Inn, noon. See Sunday, December 2.
  • Sunday, December 23: Christmas Dinner at Half Way House Inn, noon. See Sunday, December 2.
  • Thursday to Monday, December 27 to 30: Gingerbread Make and Bake. Fork York National Historic Site presents a hands-on workshop in which kids (4+) use period cooking utensils and tools to sift flour, crush cinnamon, cloves or allspice, pound sugar and grate nutmeg and ginger as they prepare an 1800s gingerbread recipe. Samples can be taken home—if they last that long! Admission: $6-$8; sign-up upon arrival.
  • Friday & Saturday, December 28 & 29: Hogmanay!, 7 to 9 p.m. Mackenzie House presents an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the new year. The decorated house will be illuminated by gas and candlelight, and musicians Gin Lane will perform. Admission: $30. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday & Sunday, December 29 & 30: To the New Year: A Gibson House Hogmanay Dinner, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Gibson House invites visitors to a special evening inspired by the Scottish traditions of Hogmanay: share a scrumptious dinner, music, stories, and welcome the First Footer, celebrating the 2018 season and bringing luck and best wishes to Gibson House Museum for 2019. Admission: $60. Pre-registration is required.

Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Saturday, December 1: Gingerbread House Workshop, 11 a.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn invites families to decorate a gingerbread dream house. All supplies will be provided. Admission: $30. Pre-registration is required.
  • Sunday, December 2: Dough-Re-Me, 9 a.m. to noon. (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn National Historic Site presents a hands-on workshop in the historic kitchen below stairs. While treats are baking in the oven, costumed interpreters will guide guests on a tour of the home; a tasting of the delicious treats follows. Suitable for 6+. Admission: $55 (1 adult & 1 child), $25 (each additional child). Pre-registration is required. 905-546-2872.
  • Monday, December 3: Cooking in the Parkwood Kitchen, 7 to 9 p.m. (Oshawa, Ontario). Parkwood National Historic Site presents a unique opportunity to create a special holiday dish—Christmas Pudding—in the Parkwood kitchen. The evening will conclude with tea and scones in the kitchen servery, where curator and CHC vice-president Samantha George will share stories and information on Parkwood and its servery artefacts. Admission: $40 + HST, including all supplies.
  • Friday, December 7: A Night at Ireland House, 6 to 9 p.m. (Burlington, Ontario). A holiday evening treat of samples of seasonal foods prepared on the hearth and woodstove along with tastings of local wine and craft beer. As guests tour the historic home, they will hear the beautiful voices of the High Five quartet singing Christmas songs. Admission: $40 (early bird).
  • Friday, December 7: Historic Cooking Workshop: Delicious Delights, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn National Historic Site invites visitors to delve into a bit of Scottish heritage by learning how to make Christmas pudding and baked goods. Suitable for ages 14+. Admission: $50, including recipe book. Pre-registration is required. 905-546-2872.
  • Saturday, December 8, Jane Austen Christmas Dinner, two seatings: 5 & 8 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). A chance to enjoy the pleasures of the Georgian table at Montgomery’s Inn during the festive season, supping by candlelight and the comfort of an open fire. The meal, ranging from such traditional holiday dishes as mince tarts to less familiar but utterly delicious dishes of Austen’s time, is based entirely on reconstructed Georgian-era recipes. Historical clothing is encouraged, but optional. Admission: $60. Pre-registration is required.
  • Sunday, December 9: Christmas Tea at Parkwood, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Oshawa, Ontario). Parkwood National Historic Site invites guests to enjoy afternoon tea in the beautiful Sunroom and Loggia. Admission: $50 + HST. 905-433-4311.
  • Monday, December 10: Cooking in the Parkwood Kitchen, 7 to 9 p.m. (Oshawa, Ontario). Parkwood National Historic Site presents a unique opportunity to create a special holiday dish—Christmas Pudding—in the Parkwood Kitchen. The evening will conclude with tea and scones in the kitchen servery, where curator and CHC vice-president Samantha George will share stories and information on Parkwood and its servery artefacts. Admission: $40 + HST, including all supplies.

Other Regions

  • Saturday, December 1: Wassail by Candlelight, 1 to 5 p.m. (Picton, Ontario). See Saturday, November 17.
  • Wednesday, December 5: Heritage Luncheon at Hutchison House, two seatings: noon & 1:30 p.m. (Peterborough, Ontario). Hutchison House Museum invites guests to enjoy a homemade meal served by costumed interpreters in the historic Keeping Room. Admission: $15. Pre-registration is required. 705-743-9710.


  • To December 21: Eating Montreal in the 20th Century: Dining In & Out (Montreal, Quebec). An exhibition of culinary literature published in Montreal during the 20th century, from the McGill Rare Books and Special Collection’s cookbook collection. Curated by Colin Rier, Goodman Intern Rare Books and Special Collections, it focuses on restaurants, community cookbooks, celebrity chefs, promotional works and tourism. It also highlights the contributions of the Montreal Jewish community. McLennan Library Building Main Floor, Lobby, 3459 rue McTavish. Admission: Free.
  • 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
  • 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 for Canada 150.
  • 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.


Compiled by Julia Armstrong



November 1 to 3 (Washington, D.C.)
Explore the history and changing dynamics of regional food cultures in the United States. On the menu are cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning, dynamic conversations, Smithsonian collections, a black-tie gala and dance performances.

November 2 to 4 (Mumford, New York)
This annual event embraces all aspects of 19th-century life, including fashion, cuisine, technology and material culture. See details in the News & Opportunities section above.

November 15 to 16 (Tours, France)
Organized by the European Institute for the History and Culture of Food (IEHCA), the objective of the conference is to advocate a multidisciplinary approach to food heritage and to examine, from a European and international standpoint, countries that have successfully added food elements to UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

November 16 to 17 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
This annual conference, which is a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam’s Special Collections and School of Historical Studies and the Social & Cultural Food Studies (FOST) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, is targeted at both an academic and professional audience. 

Looking Ahead


June 1 to 7 (Vancouver, British Columbia)
In association with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Theme: Circles of Conversation.

June 6 to 7 (Tours, France)
Focus: Multi-disciplinary, covering all time periods.
Deadline for call for proposals: November 15, 2018.

June 6 to 8 (Washington, D.C.)
Theme: Power in Agricultural History; see details and suggested topics.
Of note: 100th anniversary of the society.

June 8 to 12 (Saint-Marie Among the Hurons, Midland, Ontario)

June 18 to 21 (Barcelona, Spain)
Themes and information: Click here.
Venue: Observatorio de la Alimentación (University of Barcelona) and Fundación Alícia.

July 12 to 14 (Oxford, England)
Call for papers deadline: mid-January 2019.


June 21 to 25 (Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts)

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