THIS MONTH (March 2019)

Toronto
  • Saturday, March 2: Hearth Cooking Workshop: David Gibson’s Favourites. Gibson House Museum invites participants to prepare a meal that includes roast beef and apple pie, two of David Gibson’s favourites. This hands-on workshop is led by an experienced historic cook. Admission: $35. Pre-registration is required.
  • Sunday, March 3: Beyond Murdoch: A Tea & Talk with Maureen Jennings, 2 to 4 p.m. Gibson House Museum mixes literature, history and food as acclaimed author Maureen Jennings discusses Heat Wave, her upcoming book set in Toronto in the 1930s. This event is part of the Toronto History Museums’ Dead of Winter programming. Admission: $30. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday & Sunday, March 9 & 10: Sugar Shack TO. A waterfront festival with skating, maple taffy and other sugary winter treats.
  • Saturday, March 16: 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.
  • Wednesdays, March 20 & 27, April 3 & 10: Hearth Cooking Workshop Series, 7 to 10 p.m. Gibson House offers hands-on classes in preparing recipes using all parts of the hearth, from griddle to bake oven. Working with an experienced historic cook, participants will learn new techniques and sample their creations. Admission: $120. Pre-registration is required.
  • 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. (Please note: There is a 10% discount for CHC members.)
  • 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. Admission: $95. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
  • Tuesday, March 26: Uncovering the History of Food Culture in China: An Archaeological Perspective, 7 to 8 p.m. (reception to follow). The Royal Ontario Museum presents its annual lecture on Chinese art and culture, featuring Gary W. Crawford, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Professor of Anthropology at the U of T and a Research Associate at the ROM, who will discuss the ancient history of Chinese cuisine and food culture stretching back more than 8,000 years. Admission: $20 (general), $18 (teachers & ROM, DPC, RPC & YPC members), $15 (students), including post-event reception and one drink.
  • 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 opportunity 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.
  • Saturday & Sunday, March 30 & 31: Canadian Taste Buds. Scarborough Museum presents a special recipe for one weekend every month as part of the regular Museum Weekends series. March’s theme is maple, and the featured recipe is Maple Glazed Chelsea Buns, a very tasty (and sticky!) historic treat. Admission: Pay What You Can.
  • Sunday, March 31: Beyond Winter Studies: A Tea & Talk with Ann Birch, 2 to 4 p.m. Literature, food and history combine at Gibson House as award-winning author Ann Birc discusses Settlement, her 2010 book set in Ontario in the 1830s. Admission: $30. Pre-registration is required.

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.
  • Sunday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Tea and Tour, 1 to 4 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn celebrates St. Paddy’s Day with afternoon tea and a guided tour of the museum. All ages are welcome. First come, first served. Admission: $12.
  • 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. (Please note: There is a 10% discount for CHC members.)
  • 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.
  • Sunday, March 31: Fighting Flu with Food 1918-1919, noon to 1:30 p.m. Tea and scones served at 1 p.m. (Oshawa, Ontario). Oshawa Museum and Women’s Herstory Connection, Durham Region celebrate International Women’s Day with a special women’s-history themed Tea and Talk featuring Samantha George, curator at Parkwood Estate. She will discuss how Canadian women became kitchen doctors to fight the influenza pandemic in 1918/1919. A women’s-history trivia contest and a tour of the exhibit “Community Health in the 20th Century: An Oshawa Perspective” are included. Admission: $10 (general). $5 (Oshawa Historical Society members). Pre-registration is required at 905-436-7624, extension 106.

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 Honorary Lifetime Member Pat Crocker, based on principles outlined in her latest book, Healing Cannabis Edibles.
  • Tuesday, March 5: Small Talk Tuesday Adventures in Heritage Cooking, 1 to 3 p.m. (Winnipeg). Transcona Museum hosts an afternoon about the trials and tribulations of making heritage recipes from the 1964 Cook Book Edition of the Transcona News. Admission: Pay What You Can..
  • Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 24: Cabane Panache et Bois Rond (Montreal). The ninth annual edition of this urban sugar-shack festival and lumberjack party, with music, traditional food and a focus on all things maple.

LOOKING AHEAD (April 2019)

Toronto

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Thursday, April 25: 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
  • Wednesday, April 3: Heritage Luncheon, two seatings: noon & 1:30 p.m. (Peterborough, Ontario). Hutchison House offers a wonderful meal in the historic Keeping Room by the fire, including an entrée, dessert, coffee or tea, and a tour of the museum. Admission: $15. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, April 6: Etched Pysanka Workshop, 1 to 3 p.m. (Winnipeg). Osederok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre offers participants the opportunity to create their own traditional Ukrainian Easter egg. Admission: $20 (general), $15 (members).
  • Saturday, April 13 (Family), 2019. Family Pysanka Workshop, 1 to 3 p.m. (Winnipeg). Osederok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre offers participants the opportunity to create their own traditional Ukrainian Easter egg. Admission: $15 (general), $10 (members). Children under 8 must be accompanied by adults.
CONTINUING
  • 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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