THIS MONTH (June 2019)

Toronto

  • Wednesday, June 5: The Incredible Indian Kitchen: Madhur Jaffrey and Vikas Khanna in Conversation, 7 to 8 p.m. The Royal Ontario Museum’s ROM Speaks series presents renowned chefs and authors Madhur Jaffrey and Vikas Khanna, in support of the ROM’s exhibition Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India. Moderated by award-winning journalist Jacob Richler, the event explores the deep history of Indian regional flavours. Admission: $18, including post-event reception with one drink.
  • Saturday, June 8: Historical Craft Beer Tour – west end, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Rolling Hops Beer Tours presents a journey through the streets of the west-end Toronto to experience the finest craft beer, commencing outside Lansdowne TTC station and proceeding to breweries in the Junction—Brockton Village area, sharing some rich history of Toronto and how the city is connected with beer. At each stop, participants will sample local beers. The tour will finish near College and Dufferin streets. Admission: $80.73, including visits, more than 60 ounces of samples and a light snack.
  • Sunday, June 9: Historical Craft Beer Tour – east end, noon to 4 p.m. Rolling Hops Beer Tours presents a journey through the streets of west-end Toronto to experience the finest craft beer, commencing outside Greenwood TTC station and proceeding to breweries in the growing Greenwood-Coxwell neighbourhood, sharing some rich history of Toronto and how the city is connected with beer. At each stop, participants will sample local beers. The tour will finish near Leslie Street and Eastern Avenue. Admission: $80.73, including visits, more than 60 ounces of samples and a light snack.
  • Saturday, June 22: Indigenous Food Past and Present, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A hands-on workshop using the hearth in the Gibson House historic kitchen, led by historical interpreter and CHC member Mackenzie Bodnar. Admission: $50.
  • Saturday, June 22: Historical Craft Beer Tour – west end. (See Saturday, June 8.)
  • Sunday, June 23: Historical Craft Beer Tour – east end.  (See Sunday, June 9.)
  • Thursday, June 27: Good Eats: A History of Food & Dining in Toronto, 6:30 to 8 p.m. This guided walking tour presented by Heritage Toronto explores the city’s food history, from the rustic taverns of Muddy York to opulent department-store restaurants. Participants will learn how diverse and iconic locations contributed to the food haven that is Toronto today. Admission: $10 donation suggested. Pre-registration is required.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Thursday, June 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 for a bowl of stew while supplies last. 416-394-8113. No reservations required.
  • Friday, June 28: Historic Cooking Workshop: Strawberry Soiree, 5 to 7:30 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn Castle invites participants to prepare historic recipes using strawberries from the Kitchen Garden under the guidance of a cook demonstrator. While everything is baking, garden demonstrators will lead a tour of the Kitchen Garden. This event concludes with an alfresco tasting of the “fruits” of the group’s labour (weather permitting). All participants will take home a recipe booklet and strawberry plant for their garden. Admission: $55. Pre-registration is required.

Other Regions

  • Saturday, June 1: Ukrainian Heritage Foods Workshop, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Edmonton, Alberta). Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village invites guests to learn how to prepare pyrohy from start to finish, and then sample their efforts. Admission: $25 (adults & seniors), $15 (7 to 17). Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required at uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca or 780-662-3640.
  • Wednesday, June 5: Heritage Luncheon, two seatings: noon & 1:30 p.m. (Peterborough, Ontario). Hutchinson House welcomes guests to enjoy a meal in the historic Keeping Room by the fire, with an entrée, dessert, coffee or tea and a tour of the museum. Admission: $15. Pre-registration is required at 705-743-9710.
  • Saturday, June 8: Setting a Good Table Workshop: Recipes from the Tobacco Farm, 1 to 4 p.m. (Delhi, Ontario). Delhi Tobacco Museum & Heritage Centre presents a workshop about the recipes used by the farm women who contributed labour to tobacco farming and also fuelled the effort from their kitchens. Recipes were hearty, easy, inexpensive and delicious. Participants will prepare and taste some of the more common recipes and a few unusual ones. Admission: $35 per person. Pre-registration is required at 519-582-0278 or delhi.museum@norfolkcounty.ca.
  • Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16: Spring Culinary Weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Prince William, New Brunswick). Kings Landing hosts a weekend that explores how 19th-century culinary practices varied depending on the time of year and ingredients available. Visitors will focus on common 19th-century spring culinary practices and recipes and learn about food origins and production, mealtime etiquette, cooking techniques and more. They will be able to try their hand at various activities related to spring cooking. Admission: Free with regular admission.
  • Sunday, June 16: Strawberry Tartan Tea, 2 p.m. (Cambridge, Ontario). McDougall Cottage presents its popular tea with strawberries piled high on scones, topped with fresh cream, and served alongside other tasty treats. Eleanor Matte (fiddle) provides the musical ambience. Admission: $15.

LOOKING AHEAD  (July 2019)

Toronto

  • Saturday, July 20: Historical Craft Beer Tour – west end, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Rolling Hops Beer Tours presents a journey through the streets of west-end Toronto to experience the finest craft beer, commencing outside Lansdowne TTC station and proceeding to breweries in the Junction—Brockton Village area, sharing some rich history of Toronto and how the city is connected with beer. At each stop, participants will sample local beers. The tour will finish near College and Dufferin streets. Admission: $80.73, including visits, more than 60 ounces of samples and a light snack.
  • Sunday, July 21: Historical Craft Beer Tour – east end, noon to 4 p.m. Rolling Hops Beer Tours presents a journey through the streets of the west-end Toronto to experience the finest craft beer, commencing outside Greenwood TTC station and proceeding to breweries in the growing Greenwood-Coxwell neighbourhood, sharing some rich history of Toronto and how the city is connected with beer. At each stop, participants will sample local beers. The tour will finish near Leslie Street and Eastern Avenue. Admission: $80.73, including visits, more than 60 ounces of samples and a light snack.
  • Saturday, July 27: Historical Craft Beer Tour – west end.  (See Saturday, July 20.)
  • Saturday, July 27: Wood-Burning Oven Baking at Montgomery’s Inn, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College invites participants to discover bread-baking as it once was, in the historic wood-burning oven at Montgomery’s Inn. Participants will bake a full menu, including pizza, focaccia and sourdough, with an expert instructor. They will learn the fundamentals essential to successfully cooking and baking in a wood-fired oven in this one-of-a-kind experience. Admission: $195.
  • Sunday, July 28: Historical Craft Beer Tour – east end. (See Sunday, July 21.)

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Sunday, July 21: Historic Cooking Workshop: Plant Bake Hunt Eat, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn Castle invites participants to join costumed interpreters for a hands-on workshop packed with family-friendly fun. The visit includes a tour of the historic kitchen garden, planting historic seeds to take home and grow, a scavenger hunt, the chance to prepare a historic recipe in the kitchen and an outdoor tasting. Admission: $55 (adult + 1 child), $20 (each additional child). Pre-registration is required.
  • Thursday, July 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. No reservations required.
  • Saturday, July 27: MacNab’s Kitchen, 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn National Historic Site invites visitors to discover the history of the MacNab family and the servants who lived and worked below stairs, led by costumed staff. Assisted by Dundurn’s cook demonstrators, guests will then work together to make a traditional recipe in the historic kitchen. Admission: $35, including a historic recipe souvenir book and family admission pass valid at any one of the Hamilton Civic Museums. Pre-registration is required.

Other Regions

  • Sunday, July 7: Foraging Food, Medicine and Folklore, 1 to 4 p.m. (Prince William, New Brunswick). Kings Landing presents a day for learning to identify everyday plants with Adam Weaver. After a walk through the beautiful Kings Landing Settlement, guests will sip a “wild tea” made from collected plants. Admission: $35.
  • Saturday, July 13: Ukranian Heritage Foods Workshop, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Edmonton, Alberta). Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village invites guests to learn how to prepare pyrohy from start to finish, and then sample their efforts. Admission: $25 (adults & seniors), $15 (7 to 17). Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required at uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca or 780-662-3640.
  • Sunday, July 28: Berries Dessert Tea, noon to 3 p.m. (Ameliasburgh, Ontario). This popular annual tea takes place in Amelia’s Tea Room in the historic village. Admission: $8. 613-476-2148, ext. 2522.

CONTINUING

  • 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 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, Tea and Tour of Roedde House 1 to 3:15 p.m. (Vancouver). A tea tasting of Roedde House blend by Metropolitan Tea Co., along with a tour of the museum. Admission: $8. No reservations required.
  • Saturdays & Sundays: Tour & Taste Weekends 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Toronto). Gibson House offers tea, cookies and a seat at the harvest table in the 1850s historic kitchen. Admission: Free with regular admission.
  • Indefinite run: Ongoing exhibits at Canada Agriculture & Food Museum (Ottawa). Admission: Free with regular admission. 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.
  • Thursdays to Sundays, May 18 to September 1: Dairy Heritage Museum, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Aylmer, Ontaro). The museum offers a permanent display of over 19,000 artifacts from the dairy industry. Admission: $5 (adults), $3 (children).
  • Sundays, Tea Time at the Inn, 1 to 4 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn offers a spot of tea and a taste of history in the Tea Room, including in-house baking and unlimited tea service. Tea served and goods baked by the dedicated Montgomery’s Inn volunteers. Admission: $8.
  • Wednesdays, Guided Garden Tour & Tea, 11 a.m. (Oshawa, Ontario). Parkwood Estates welcomes visitors to explore the Parkwood gardens on this 90-minute guided tour, which will conclude with tea in the Gardener’s Lodge. Admission: $20. Pre-registration is required at 905-433-4311 or info@parkwoodestate.com.

Conferences

Compiled by Julia Armstrong

2019

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 (ALHFAM)
Theme: Rendezvous in Time: Widening Our Horizons of Interest.
Of note: Several CHC members will present sessions. See details in “What’s Cooking?” (above).
Download the full program here.

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.

Throughout Academic Year 2019-2020 (Virtual)
FOOD HISTORY SEMINAR
Based in London, U.K., the Institute of Historical Research launched the Food History Seminar in 2017 to provide an inclusive setting in which food historians, academics and other experts could come together to discuss research.
More info: See the call for papers to present during the academic year 2019-2020.
Of note: The institute will be live streaming the seminars, which will run every other Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., during the term.

October 14 to 15 (New York, N.Y.)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: NOURISHMENT, CULTURE, MEANING
Organizers: Food Studies Program, New York University (NYU), the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Communication (CIRCe) and the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences, University of Turin, in collaboration with the EU Program Marie Skłodowska-Curie.
Deadline for call for papers: June 23.

October 18 to 19 (New Brunswick, N.J.)
AT THE MEDIEVAL TABLE: COOKING, CULTURES & CUSTOMS
Organizers: Mens et Mensa: Society for the Study of Food in the Middle Ages and Rutgers University.
Venue: The State University of New Jersey.
Deadline for call for papers: August 1.

November 15 to 16 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
AMSTERDAM SYMPOSIUM ON THE HISTORY OF FOOD
Theme: (Post)Colonial Foodways.

2020

May 26 to 27 (Dublin, Ireland)
DUBLIN GASTRONOMY SYMPOSIUM
Theme: Food and Disruption: What Shall We Eat Tomorrow?
Of note: Disruptors in food history can include people, movements, technological advancements and disasters.

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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