• Saturday, June 3: Cooking with a Canadian Classic, 2 to 3:15 p.m. (Toronto). CHC presents a book launch at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.
  • Saturday, June 3: Anniversary Garden Party, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Toronto). Gibson House Museum celebrates the 46th anniversary of the museum’s opening along with Canada’s sesquicentennial. Visitors will learn about the heritage garden and container gardening, make ice cream on the porch and watch heritage demonstrations in the historic house. Admission: Free.
  • Saturday, June 3: From Our Garden to Yours, noon to 4 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn’s Historic Kitchen Garden hosts a one-day plant-sharing event. Under the guidance of Garden Demonstrators, visitors will have the opportunity to dig up and pot “Victoria” rhubarb, which dates back to 1837. Quantities are limited and participants are required to bring a 6-inch plastic pot or sturdy plastic bag for transplanting. Admission: Free, including tours of the Kitchen Garden.
  • Saturday, June 3: Canada 150 Dinner, 6 to 9 p.m. (Stratford, Ontario). CHC presents an 1867-inspired menu of locally grown foods prepared by Chef Liz Mountain at the Falstaff Family Centre.
  • Saturday, June 10: Ukrainian Heritage Foods Workshop, 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Edmonton). A maximum of 15 participants will learn how to prepare pyrohy and then sample their efforts! Admission: $20 (18+); $15 (7–17 accompanied by a participating adult). Preregistration is required at uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca or 780-662-3640.
  • Saturday, June 10: Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival and Contest, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Midland, Ontario)
  • Sunday, June 11: Mount Olympus Greek Supper Club, 6 to 9:30 p.m. (Toronto). At the St. Lawrence Market Kitchen, Peter Minaki of Kalofagas Supper Club presents an evening of Greek cuisine inspired by the region of Mount Olympus, including Perek Stuffed with Cheese, Pork Brined in Mount Olympus Tea with Lentils, Taratori (cold cucumber soup), Bobota (cornbread) and Kelaidi (slow-cooked beef medallion topped with vegetables and kefalotyri cheese). Admission: $90, including wine pairings.
  • Friday to Sunday, June 16 to 18: Thrill of the Grill Weekend (Minett, Ontario). The Rosseau, a JW Marriott Resort & Spa, presents chef and cookbook author Ted Reader at a weekend of BBQ fun. Admission: $349–$469.
  • Saturday, June 17: Inspired to Taste Canada, noon to 3 p.m. (Vancouver). Hudson’s Bay hosts an opportunity to meet authors Meeru Dhalwala (Vij’s Indian: Cherished Recipes) and Denise Marchessault (British Columbia from Scratch), buy their autographed books and taste their recipes. Preregistration is required.
  • Saturday, June 17: Dundurn’s Golden Anniversary Celebration, noon to 4 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn National Historic Site marks the 50th anniversary of its public opening as a historic house museum with activities such as gardening and cooking using 1850s tools and techniques. Admission: Regular admission applies.
  • Saturday, June 17: Summer Solstice Supper, 6:30 p.m. (Pickering, Ontario). World-class humour is served up alongside a full-course circa-1850 meal shared with an intimate group. Admission: $62. Tickets are available online or in person at the Pickering Museum Village Gift Shop.
  • Sunday, June 18: Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast, 10 a.m. to noon (Burlington, Ontario). An outdoor pancake breakfast set in a historic backdrop at Ireland House Museum with pancakes cooked on a 1900s woodstove. Admission: $6 (general), $1.50 (fathers), including a museum tour.
  • Sunday, June 18: Fab ’40s Day, noon to 4 p.m. (Toronto). Todmorden Mills invites visitors to dress in 1940s attire for a costume contest, learn the dance moves of the wartime era, tour the historic 1940s cottage, sample wartime recipes and check out vintage vendors. Admission: $10 + HST. Tickets are available online or at 416-396-2819.
  • Sunday, June 18: Heritage Gardening, 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Prince William, New Brunswick). King’s Landing Historical Settlement offers a teaching session with instructor Corinne Hersey on edible flowers, edible weeds and high-pollen herbs. Admission: $5, including seed samples and information sheets.
  • Thursday, June 22: Global Tastes International Food Night, 6 to 8 p.m. (Ottawa). Canada Agriculture and Food Museum presents the cuisine of Ukraine. Admission: TBA.
  • Saturday, June 24: Croil Barn Agricultural Museum Launch, 11 a.m. (Morrisburg, Ontario). Upper Canada Village celebrates the transformation of a recently restored barn at Loucks Farm into a new and attractive agricultural museum that will feature artifacts from the village’s extensive agricultural collection, now on display for the first time, tracing life on the farm through the seasons and highlighting changes and advances in farm machinery in the 19th century. Admission: Included in regular admission.
  • Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25: Gatsby Garden Party, noon to 5 p.m. (Toronto). Spadina Museum invites visitors to dress in 1920s garb, enjoy live music, learn how to dance 1920s style, play a game of croquet and have their picture taken in the Canada 150 Photo Booth. Admission: $10 + HST. Tickets are sold through Facebook.
  • Wednesday, June 28: Ambition Nutrition Symposium. (Toronto). George Brown College hosts an interactive day for academic professionals, dietitians, culinary experts and industry leaders. Admission: $249, including breakfast, lunch and refreshments.
  • Thursday, June 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+HST for a bowl of stew, while supplies last. 416-394-8113.
  • Saturday, July 1: Canada Day, celebrating Canada 150 across the country.
  • Saturday, July 2: Historic Cooking Workshop: Pastry, 10 a.m. to noon. (Hamilton). A costumed cook in Dundurn National Historic Site’s historic kitchen provides a hands-on historic cooking session using the wood-fired cast iron range. Includes a kitchen garden tour, tastings and take-home recipes. Suitable for ages 12 and older. Admission: $55 per person. Preregistration is required.
  • Sunday, July 2: Celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday, noon to 4 p.m. (Brampton, Ontario). Historic Bovaird House and Brampton Historical Society celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with an afternoon of festivities topped off with strawberries, ice cream and lemonade. Admission: Free.
  • Thursday, July 6: Dishing Up Toronto: Follow the Maize—From Mexico to the Great Lakes, 6 to 8 p.m. (Toronto). Toronto Reference Library Beeton Hall presents an evening dedicated to the long story of corn’s development as one of the world’s premier foods, its place in Mexican culture and gastronomy, and its gradual transition to the Great Lakes area, where large corn farms were cultivated by the Peoples of the Longhouse, the Huron-Wendat (and later the Seneca) in villages all across the Toronto area long before Europeans arrived here. Samples will be served. Preregistration is required.
  • Friday, July 7: Ukrainian Heritage Foods Workshop, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Edmonton). Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village offers a class in making pyrohy from start to finish, with sampling at the end and a take-home recipe. Preregister at uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca or 780-662-3640. Admission: $20 (18+); $15 (7–17, accompanied by an adult).
  • Saturday, July 8: Ukrainian Heritage Foods Workshop, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Edmonton). Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village offers a class in making pyrohy from start to finish, with sampling at the end and a take-home recipe. Preregister at uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca or 780-662-3640. Admission: $20 (18+); $15 (7–17, accompanied by an adult).
  • Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9: Historic Garden Tours, noon to 1:30 p.m. & 2 to 3 p.m. (Hamilton). Historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff at Dundurn National Historic Site’s historic Kitchen Garden. Admission: Free.
  • Wednesday, July 12: Confederation Tea, 1 to 3 p.m. (Pickering, Ontario). Pickering Museum Village celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday with a Confederation-themed tea, featuring take-home recipes and costumed interpreters leading an interactive presentation on tea traditions. Admission: $31.06. Preregistration is required.
  • Saturday, July 15: Historic Cooking Workshop: Something Sweet!, 10 a.m. to noon. (Hamilton). A costumed cook in Dundurn National Historic Site’s historic kitchen provides a hands-on historic cooking session using the wood-fired cast iron range. Includes a tour, tastings and take-home recipes. Suitable for ages 12 and older. Admission: $55 per person. Preregistration is required.
  • Saturday, July 15: Long Table Dinner, 5 p.m. (Edmonton). Chef Brad Smoliak from Kitchen by Brad offers a long-table dinner with cooking demonstration and an after-hours, interactive tour of the Ukrainian Village, a horse-drawn wagon ride and complimentary bag of Red Fife flour to take home. Limited to 18 preregistered participants. Admission: $132 + GST. Preregistration is required at info@kitchenbybrad.ca or 780-757-7704.
  • Saturday & Sunday, July 15 & 16: Historic Garden Tours, noon to 1:30 p.m. & 2 to 3 p.m. (Hamilton). Historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff at Dundurn National Historic Site’s historic Kitchen Garden. Admission: Free.
  • Sunday, July 16: Ice Cream Festival, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Ottawa). Canada Agriculture and Food Museum celebrates everyone’s favourite summertime treat. Admission: Included with entry.
  • Saturday & Sunday, July 22 & 23: Historic Garden Tours, noon to 1:30 p.m. & 2 to 3 p.m. (Hamilton). Historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff at Dundurn National Historic Site’s historic Kitchen Garden. Admission: Free.
  • Thursday, July 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+HST for a bowl of stew, while supplies last. 416-394-8113.
  • Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30: Historic Garden Tours, noon to 1:30 p.m. & 2 to 3 p.m. (Hamilton). Historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff at Dundurn National Historic Site’s historic Kitchen Garden. Admission: Free.
  • Saturday, August 12: A Taste of the Life of Lucy Maud Montgomery (Norval & Glen Williams, Ontario). CHC presents a full-day tour to the home and gardens where Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery lived from 1926 to 1935. Includes a lunch and transportation from the Toronto area.
  • September (Date & location TBA): The McIntosh Apple. (Toronto). CHC presents esteemed food writer Marion Kane, who will 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.
  • Saturday, October 21: CHC Annual General Meeting.
  • November (Date TBA): Remembrance Day at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place (Toronto). CHC presentations on the theme of 1867: Confederation.
  • November/December (Date TBA): Victorian Cooking Class (Etobicoke). CHC and Montgomery’s Inn present a hands-on cooking class in the historic kitchen.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018: Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter. (Toronto).
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018: Canada’s Table: Our Celebration of Cookbooks. (Toronto).

CONTINUING

  • 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. (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 built 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 home front during the Second World War. Focusing on shopping, eating, conserving and volunteering, it 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.

If you have an event you think might be of interest to CHC members please forward to info@culinaryhistorians.ca no later than the 24th of the preceding month.

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