- Saturday, December 2: Hearth Cooking Workshop: Sweet Tooth, 10 a.m. to noon. Gibson House Museum welcomes the festive season with a trio of 19th-century treats made by participants in the historic kitchen. This hands-on workshop is led by an experienced historic cook. Admission: $25. Pre-registration is required at 416-395-7432.
- Saturday, December 2: The Cook’s Apprentice, 1 to 3 p.m. Fort York presents a historical cooking class for kids age 8 to 12, during which they will learn to bake traditional cakes, biscuits and confections in the officers’ historic kitchen. Recipes include iced Queen Cakes, Gingerbread, Peppermint Drops and a delicious breakfast griddle cake for the holidays. Recipe package and tastes to take home. Admission: $30 + HST. Pre-registration and payment are required at 416-392-7484.
- Saturday, December 9: Frost Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fort York National Historic Site celebrates the legacy of the early-19th-century English Frost Fair with a market, music and food amid Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812-era buildings. CHC participates with cookbooks and historic baking for sale. Admission: Free (in honour of Canada 150).
- Saturday, December 9: Christmas by Lamplight, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Two dinner seatings: 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. Black Creek Pioneer Village presents a magical night of traditional folk music, Christmas carolling, crafts to take home and a sampling of festive foods, along with a shop featuring one-of-a-kind gifts handmade in the village. An optional Christmas dinner menu includes soup or salad, Traditional Roasted Turkey or Fall Vegetable Cassoulet and a dessert of Warm Apple Blossom or Pumpkin Pie. Admission: $22.45-$29.95 + HST (without dinner); $52.75-$81.95 + HST (with dinner). Reservations are required at email@example.com or 416-736-1733 (members only, 416-667-6295, ext. 2).
- Saturday, December 9: Christmas Baking Workshop, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mackenzie House invites visitors to try Victorian Christmas baking in the historic kitchen range and learn about the tastes and culinary technology of the 1850s. Admission: $30. Pre-registration is required at 416-392-6915.
- Saturday, December 9: Desserts By Lamplight, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Scarborough Museum presents a magical evening in lamp-lit rooms, where you will enjoy decadent desserts while listening to carollers. Admission: $25. Pre-registration is required at 416-338-8807.
- Saturday, December 16: Christmas by Lamplight, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Two dinner seatings: 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. Black Creek Pioneer Village presents a magical night of traditional folk music, Christmas carolling, crafts to take home and a sampling of festive foods, along with a shop featuring one-of-a-kind gifts handmade in the village. An optional Christmas dinner menu includes soup or salad, Traditional Roasted Turkey or Fall Vegetable Cassoulet and a dessert of Warm Apple Blossom or Pumpkin Pie. Admission: $22.45-$29.95 + HST (without dinner); $52.75-$81.95 + HST (with dinner). Reservations are required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-736-1733 (members only: 416-667-6295, ext. 2).
- Saturday, December 23: Christmas by Lamplight, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Two dinner seatings: 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. Black Creek Pioneer Village presents a magical night of traditional folk music, Christmas carolling, crafts to take home and a sampling of festive foods, along with a shop featuring one-of-a-kind gifts handmade in the village. An optional Christmas dinner menu includes soup or salad, Traditional Roasted Turkey or Fall Vegetable Cassoulet and a dessert of Warm Apple Blossom or Pumpkin Pie. Admission: $26.95-$34.95 + HST (without dinner); $57.75-$86.95 + HST (with dinner). Reservations are required at email@example.com or 416-736-1733 (members only: 416-667-6295, ext. 2).
- Thursday & Friday, December 28 & 29: Hogmanay at Gibson House Museum, 6 p.m. Gibson House hosts a special evening inspired by the Scottish traditions of Hogmanay, during which visitors will share dinner and welcome the First Footer to bring luck and best wishes to Gibson House Museum for 2018. Pre-registration and payment are required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-395-7432. Must be 12 years or older. Admission: $65.
Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA)
- Friday, December 1: A Night at Ireland House, 6 to 9 p.m. (Burlington, Ontario). Ireland House invites visitors to sample seasonal foods prepared on the historic hearth and woodstove, such as turkey, maple-glazed ham, soup and desserts, along with tastings of local Niagara wines from Legends Estate Winery, Highlander Brew Co. craft beers and specialty coffees from Tribeca Coffee Co. The High Five quartet will sing Christmas songs. Participants must be 19 or older. Admission: $40. Pre-registration and payment are required.
- Saturday, December 2: Victorian Christmas Delights: Historic Cooking Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn National Historic Site presents a hands-on cooking class led by costumed cooks below stairs in Dundurn’s 19th-century kitchen. A tour of Dundurn decked out for the season is also included. Suitable for ages 14 and older. Admission: $55 for one adult and one child; $25 for each additional child. Pre-registration is required at 905-546-2872.
- Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3: Victorian Christmas Open House & Gift Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Brampton, Ontario). Bovaird House welcomes visitors to browse the Carriage House Gift Shop and rooms throughout the house plus the Pendergast log house for handmade gifts by local artisans. Afterwards, they can relax and enjoy seasonal treats with a selection of holiday gourmet teas or mugs of steaming mulled cider, all served in front of the blazing yuletide fire in Mossie’s Tea Room. Admission: Free.
- Sunday, December 3: Christmas in the Village, Winter in the Woods, noon to 3:30 p.m. (Pickering, Ontario). Pickering Village Museum presents a visit with the inhabitants of the pioneer village as they share their holiday customs. Enjoy Scottish Hogmanay, Welsh traditions, Victorian English Christmas celebrations, Squire Jonathan’s Christmas Ball, and a walk in the woods to see how Pickering’s first settlers struggled in the wilderness.
- Saturday, December 9: Kensington Festive Food Roots Tour & Tastings, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Toronto). Join food historian Shirley Lum in peeling back the delicious layers of festive immigrant food roots, beginning with the founding Denison family, while celebrating the diverse Festivals of Lights—Diwali, Winter Solstice, Channukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa—in multicultural Kensington Market. Admission: $50 (general); $45 (students & seniors 65+); $35 (3-12), including pre-ordered food. Pre-registration and payment are required at Shirley.SH.Lum@gmail.com and 416-923-6813.
- Saturday, December 9: Georgian Christmas Supper. Two seatings: 5 & 8 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). JaneAustenDancing presents a Georgian meal at historic Montgomery’s Inn. Admission: $60. 416-578-1031.
- Sunday, December 10: Artemis, A Greek Supper Club with Game Meat, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Peter Minaki of Kalofagas presents a banquet of game meat at St. Lawrence Market Kitchen. He writes: “Canada’s wilderness and the bounty that comes with it are a natural fit for Greek cuisine. Game birds, wild hare, deer and boar are just some of animals Greeks have been hunting and cooking for millennia. Artemis was the goddess of hunting, the wilderness and wild animals, and this Greek Supper Club is dedicated to her. The menu includes Wild Boar Keftedes; Prassopita (Leek Pie) with Homemade Phyllo; Duck Gyro; Raw Artichoke Salad; Rabbit Stifado; and Braised Venison; with a dessert of Peanut Butter & Chocolate Parfait with Baklava Crumble. Admission: $85-$99.
- Saturday, Deceitage recipes in the “Christmas Cafe,” unique stocking stuffers, period toys and games and costumed characters from bygone days. Admission: Free. 613-476-2148, ext. 2521.
- Sunday to Thursday, December 3 to 7: Christmas at the King’s Head Inn Restaurant, 7 p.m. (Prince William, New Brunswick). King’s Landing historic site presents Christmas dinner by candlelight in a 19th-century inn decked out for the holidays. Christmas music, firelight and complimentary port, walnut toffee and gingerbread men accompany a menu of turkey soup, a choice of prime rib, turkey or roast goose, and an assortment of 19th-century desserts. Admission: $41.99 (adult); $26.99 (12 & under). Reservations are required at email@example.com or 506-363-4968.
- Tuesday, December 5: Épices crépitantes et histoires sacrées / Sizzling Spices, Sacred Stories, 6 to 8 p.m. (Montreal). Centre Soha hosts a colourful, multi-sensory evening featuring Indian cuisine, fact and legend, spice inhalations and food tasting, music, photographs and ritual. Admission: $25.
- Monday to Thursday, December 11 to 14: Christmas at the King’s Head Inn Restaurant, 7 p.m. See Sunday to Thursday, December 3 to 7.
- Monday to Wednesday, December 18 to 20: Christmas at the King’s Head Inn Restaurant, 7 p.m. See Sunday to Thursday, December 3 to 7.
- Saturday, January 13: Haggis Cooking Class, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Toronto). Mackenzie House offers a unique opportunity to make a rustic Scottish meal, including the infamous haggis. Participants will work in the historic kitchen and explore the lives of 19th-century Scottish settlers. Admission: $30+HST. Pre-registration is required. 416-392-6915.
- Sunday, January 28: Piragi not Pierogies, A Dumpling Workshop (Toronto). CHC presents a hands-on workshop led by member Inese Grava-Gubins at the Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, focusing on the delicious Latvian baked version of the popular boiled dumplings, as well as tricks for using the easy and flexible “magic” dumpling dough for delicious treats such as cinnamon buns and apple tarts. Admission: $55 (general); $45 (CHC members, students & seniors 65+). Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA)
- Friday & Saturday, January 5 & 6: Jane Austen Twelfth Night Supper and Dance (Etobicoke, Ontario). See “What’s Cooking,” above, for further details.
- Thursday, January 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.
- Saturday, January 6: Twelfth Night: An Ancient Midwinter Celebration, 7:30 p.m. (Cambridge, Ontario). The Mill Race Folk Society celebrates this unique and ancient holiday at the British Club (35 International Village Drive) with a festive buffet, live music, dancing, carols and a traditional Mummers’ Play. Costumes encouraged. Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Cash bar.
- Friday, January 19: Iordan – Feast of Jordan, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Edmonton). Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village celebrates one of the most important holy days of the Ukrainian church calendar, Iordan, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany. The Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society will be offering food services featuring kutia (boiled wheat sweetened with honey and poppy seed), borshch (beet soup), pyrhoy (perogies) with roast fish, and pampushky (doughnuts).
- Wednesday to Sunday, November 15 to December 31: Scottish Holiday Traditions, 1 to 5 p.m.; to 8 p.m. on Thursdays (Toronto). Gibson House Museum invites visitors to enjoy the simple and elegant traditions of the Scottish holiday season, learn how the Gibson family celebrated the season in the 19th century and sample some treats by the open hearth. Admission: $3.76-$7.08 + HST. 416-395-7432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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. Admission: Free.
- To March 30: From Latkes to Laffas (Toronto). Beth Tzedec Congregation’s Reuben & Helene Dennis Museum presents an exhibit on the history of Jewish Toronto’s favourite restaurants, going as far back as 1900. Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Admission: Free. 416-781-3511.
- 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 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 email@example.com.
- 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 home front during the Second World War. Focusing on shopping, eating, conserving and volunteering, the exhibit 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.