September 2017

Toronto

  • Saturday, September 16: Pioneer Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Toronto). Black Creek Pioneer Village presents a festival that focuses on traditional food production skills like cider making and grain threshing, plus traditional foods such as pies, cheese curds, sausages, apple butter and handmade ice cream.
  • Sunday, September 17: City Cider, noon to 5 p.m. (Toronto). Spadina Museum welcomes Not Far from the Tree’s annual City Cider, an all-ages cider celebration featuring local food, craft cider, live music and fun for kids. Admission: $5 (advance), free (11 and under).
  • Thursday, September 21: The Secret History of the McIntosh Apple, 7 p.m. (Toronto). CHC presents esteemed food writer Marion Kane at Campbell House for a 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. Admission: $15 (general). $12 (CHC members). Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
  • Friday to Sunday, September 22 to 24: Master and Commander, A Weekend in Nelson’s Navy. JaneAustenDancing presents a weekend in the world of the Royal Navy of 200 years ago. For more information or to reserve a space, contact 416-578-1031.

Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • September 1 to 4: 57th Annual Steam Era (Milton, Ontario). Country Heritage Park hosts a weekend dedicated to the steam era, including farm machinery. Admission: $12.50 (general), free (under 12 with adult), $20 & $25 (weekend passes).
  • Thursday, September 7: Corn Roast, Market and Heritage Fair, 5 to 8 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn presents locally grown corn cooked in the inn’s outdoor bake oven, live music, displays from west-end heritage organizations and other activities. Bring your own lawn chairs. Admission: Free; various prices for food and other items.
  • Thursday, September 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 + HST for a bowl of stew, while supplies last. 416-394-8113.

Other Regions

  • Friday nights through the end of September: Shipyards Night Market, 5 to 10 p.m. (North Vancouver). A beer garden, more than 35 food trucks (Flip Top Truck, Torafuku, Disco Cheetah Korean Grill, I Love Chickpea, and more) and local food vendors offering kettle corn, gelato, cannoli, dessert crepes, Slavic rolls and other baked goods, plus live music.
  • September 2 to 4: 29th Annual Marshville Heritage Festival (Wainfleet, Ontario). Wainfleet Village Sports Complex hosts a day of traditional farm fun. Admission: $6 (general), free (under 10).
  • Sunday, September 10: Harvest of the Past & Harvest Food Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Edmonton). Ukrainian Heritage Village celebrates Alberta’s agricultural roots with a traditional harvest reminiscent of the period 1892 to 1930, including an old-fashioned threshing bee, favourite fall foods, flower and herb drying, kapusta (sour cabbage) making, wheat grinding, and canning of produce from the museum’s gardens.
  • Thursday, September 14: A Taste of Galt, 7 p.m. (Cambridge, Ontario). McDougall Cottage presents a talk by Carolyn Blackstock, who spent a year cooking every day from The New Galt Community Cook Book, published in 1898. Admission: $5, including a sampling of recipes. Register at 519-624-8250.
  • Saturday, September 16: 1860s Fall Fair Weekend, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Morrisburg, Ontario). Upper Canada Village presents its recreated 19th-century Fall Fair, using 1860s fair categories and rules as a guideline. (Public entries of preserves, vegetables and other items are welcome.) Admission: $19 + HST (adult), $18 + HST (senior), $12 + HST (6 to 12), free (5 and under).
  • Saturday, September 16: Market Mexico, 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon (Vancouver). A free outdoor pop-up event at Robson Square featuring Mexican food, drinks, culture and shopping. Markets, or mercados, have been a fixture in Mexico since pre-Hispanic times; Mexico City has over 300 markets alone. At Market Mexico, attendees can experience the sights and sounds of a real Mexican-style market. Admission: Free.
  • Tuesday to Saturday, September 19 to 23: International Plowing Match and Rural Expo 2017 (Walton, Ontario).
  • Saturday, September 23: Jane Austen’s Country Ball, 5:30 to  9 p.m. (Cambridge, Ontario). The recently-opened Fashion History Museum presents a viewing of its new exhibition Jane Austen’s World: 1792-1817, followed by dancing, period games and a Regency buffet supper. Admission: $50 + HST. 519-654-0009.
  • Saturday, September 23: Three Sisters in the Kitchen, 2 to 4:30 p.m. (Vancouver). UBC Farm presents a traditional Mayan cooking workshop at the Maya-in-Exile garden, a place for cultural sharing and sustaining ancestral practices. Once a year they host a traditional cooking workshop to share the garden bounty. Participants will share fresh produce from the garden as they prepare tortillas with amaranth leaf and puréed black beans, tortillas with lambs-quarters and onion, Maya mixed salad, Cafe traditional (Mayan coffee) and hibiscus flower tea. Admission: $30 + GST. For further information, contact mayagardenubc@gmail.com
  • Wednesday, September 27: Good Food in the City: How Cultural Ideas About Food Shape Street Vending Regulation, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (Vancouver). The UBC Future of Food Dialogue Series present a talk by Faculty of Sociology associate professor Dr. Amy Hanser about her most recent research project comparing the regulation of street commerce in China and North America. In particular, the project looks at the way Chinese cities are attempting to eliminate street vending, whereas some North American cities are embracing “street food” and food carts as emblems of cosmopolitan urbanity. Admission: Free (no RSVP required).
  • Friday to Sunday, September 29 to October 1: Hopped Up! Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Kingston, Ontario). Craft beer, cider, heritage food and more than 50 local farmer’s market vendors and artisans on the historic grounds of Bellevue House. Admission: Free. 613-545-8666.
  • Friday to Sunday, September 29 to October 1: What’s Cooking Bracebridge(Bracebridge, Ontario). The Great Muskoka Cookbook Adventure invites celebrity chefs and cookbook authors as well as many local chefs for a weekend of hands-on demonstrations, lectures and a gala.

October 2017

Toronto

  • Saturday, October 7: Bountiful Quick Breads (Toronto). A hearth cooking workshop at Gibson House. Admission: TBA.
  • October 7 & 8: Thanksgiving Dinners, noon & 3 p.m. (Toronto). Black Creek Pioneer Village presents a traditional three-course feast with Thanksgiving-themed tours, historic ale sampling and horse-drawn wagon rides through the village. Admission: $58.95 + HST (general); $53.95 + HST (adult member); $29.95 (non-member age 5-12); $26.95 (member age 5-12); free (age 4 and under). Extra charge for beer samples and wagon rides. Reservations required.
  • Saturday, October 21: CHC Annual General Meeting (Toronto). See news item, above.
  • Monday, October 30: Taste Canada Awards Gala, 5:30 to 10 p.m. (Toronto). Taste Canada reveals this year’s winning books, blogs and authors at Arcadian Court. Admission: $80-$125.

Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • October 1: Victory Garden Party (Oshawa, Ontario). Parkwood Estate hosts an event that commemorates wartime; CHC will participate with demonstrations of wartime food. Admission: TBA
  • Thursday, October 26: 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, October 28: Loaf ‘n’ Ladle Pioneer Supper, 7 p.m.to midnight (Brampton, Ontario). Bovaird House. Admission: $20. 905-874-2804 or bovairdhouse@yaho.ca.
  • Sunday, October 29: Soul Cake Making Demonstration, 1 to 4 p.m. (Cambridge, Ontario). McDougall Cottage presents a drop-in demonstration for All Souls’ Day (November 2), the day when Scots traditionally honour the souls of the faithful departed by baking Soul Cakes or “dirge loaves”. Admission: Cash donation, including free recipes. 519-624-8250.

Other Regions

  • Assorted days through October: Vancouver Farmers’ Markets (Vancouver). Freshly harvested autumn crops for sale at eight locations across the city, with food trucks, tastings and entertainment.
  • Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8: Thanksgiving Dinner at Kilby Historic Site, noon, 2 or 4 p.m. (Harrison Mills, British Columbia). Kilby Historic Site presents a traditional Thanksgiving dinner celebration, including a full-course roast turkey dinner with apple or pumpkin pie and a beverage. (Apple-pressing demonstration on Kilby’s 110-year-old press at 1:30 p.m.) Admission: $19.95 + GST & gratuity. Reserve at 604-796-9576 or info@kilby.ca.
  • Tuesday to Saturday, October 25 to 29: Devour! The Food Film Fest (Wolfville, Nova Scotia)
  • Thursday to Saturday, October 27 to 29: Many Flavors, One Nation: Smithsonian Food History Weekend 2017 (Washington, D.C.). The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History hosts its third annual celebration and exploration of American food history. Participants include Ruth Reichl, food and travel writer Simon Majumdar, Top Chef contestant Sheldon Simeon and LA Times food writer Jonathan Gold.
Continuing
  • To  September 4: Scottish Tea, 1 to 4 p.m. (Peterborough, Ontario). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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, 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.

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