THIS MONTH (August 2019)
- Sunday, August 3: Summer Sodas, noon to 5 p.m. Spadina Museum teaches visitors about harvesting ice and how summer ice delivery made cool drinks possible in the 1920s. Mix up a fruity summer soda and enjoy it on the grounds, or design a soda flavor and bottle label. Admission: Free.
- Sunday, August 10: Summer Sodas (see August 3).
- Saturday, August 10: The Edible History of Toronto. 10 a.m. to noon. Mackenzie House presents an immersive tasting tour that explores how Toronto’s diverse cultural traditions shaped the city’s culinary landscape, from the 19th to 20th centuries. Participants will explore historic sites with stops at local restaurants to sample foods and learn how food connected immigrant families to home. Admission: $60. Pre-registration is required.
- Sunday, August 11: Appetizing August, noon to 1 p.m. Todmorden Mills invites visitors to tour the grounds and nature preserve, learning which flowers and herbs have been used in the past as part of a wholesome harvest. Admission: $5 to $8. Pre-registration is required.
- Sunday, August 17: Summer Sodas (see August 3).
- Sunday, August 18: From Pollinators to Produce: Exploring a Heritage Kitchen Garden, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. Fort York National Historic Site presents a walking tour of the historic kitchen garden with a honey tasting from the bee hives: part of Toronto’s Table, a new culinary program at Toronto History Museums. Admission: Included in general admission ($6 to $14). 416-392-6907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sunday, August 24: Summer Sodas (see August 3).
- Sunday, August 25: Campaign Cooking, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It’s often said that an army marches on its stomach, and food was a central part of the life of soldiers who fought in the War of 1812. In this program, visitors to Fort York National Historic Site can watch ongoing demonstrations of campaign cooking and sample recipes made using historic cookbooks. Admission: Free with regular admission ($6 to $14). 416-392-6907.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)
- Saturday, August 24: MacNab’s Kitchen, 10 a.m. to noon (Hamilton, Ontario). At Dundurn Castle, costumed staff will lead a tour through more than 40 rooms to explore the history of the MacNab family and the servants who lived and worked below stairs. Assisted by Dundurn’s Cook Demonstrators, guests will work together to make a traditional recipe in the historic kitchen. For all ages. Admission: $35, including a souvenir historic recipe book. Pre-registration required.
- Thursday, August 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 for a bowl of stew while supplies last. 416-394-8113. No reservation required.
- Friday to Sunday, August 3 to 5: Summer Culinary Weekend (Prince William, New Brunswick). King’s Landing presents common 19th-century summer culinary practices and recipes. Visitors will learn about food origins and production, mealtime etiquette and cooking techniques, and will be able to try their hand at various activities related to summer cuisine. Admission: Included with regular admission.
- Saturday, August 4: Foraging Food, Medicine & Folklore, 1 to 4 p.m. (Prince William, New Brunswick). King’s Landing offers a session on plant identification, finishing with “wild tea” from the collected plants. Admission $35.
- Saturday, August 10: Ukrainian Heritage Foods Workshop, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Edmonton). Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village offers a class on preparing pyrohy from start to finish. Participants will be able to sample their efforts and will leave with a recipe. Admission: $25 (adults & seniors), $15 (7 to 17, accompanied by an adult). Pre-registration is required at email@example.com or 780-662-3640.
- Thursday, August 15: Peach Tea, 1 to 4 p.m. (Peterborough, Ontario). Hutchison House hosts its 28th annual old-time summer social. Indulge in home-baked scones served with fresh peaches and whipped cream or ice cream, topped with blueberries. Tea, iced tea, or lemonade complement this delightful summer repast. Admission: $12 (adults), $8 (children). Pre-registration is required: 705-743-9710.
- Sunday, August 25: Harvest Tartan Tea, 2 to 4 p.m. (Cambridge, Ontario). McDougall House serves up cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam and cream along with live music. Admission: $15. Pre-registration is required at 519-575-4608.
LOOKING AHEAD (September 2019)
- Saturday, September 7: Temperance Tea, 2 to 3:30 p.m. In conjunction with “Toronto Brews,” St. Lawrence Market offers an illustrated presentation on the Temperance movement and Prohibition, followed by afternoon tea. Admission: $25 + HST. Limited seating. Pre-registration is required.
- Saturday, September 21: Tour & Taste: Toronto Brews Exhibit Tour, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Curator and certified beer judge Wayne Reeves leads a tour of the “Toronto Brews” exhibit at the Market Gallery at St. Lawrence Mareket, with tutored beer and food tasting. Admission: $60 + HST. Pre-registration is required.
- Saturday, September 21: Harvest Festival, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Black Creek Pioneer Village presents family-friendly harvest-themed activities and the Toronto Mennonite Festival on the Town Hall Green, including a Mennonite and Pennsylvania-German festival featuring delicious foods. Admission: $15 (adults), $11 (5-11), free (under 5).
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)
- Saturday, September 21: Victorian Cake Decorating, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). CHC members Monika Paradi and Sherry Murphy present a workshop for just 15 people at Montgomery’s Inn. Admission: $50 (general). $45 (CHC members), including a $15 decorating kit to take home. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
- Tuesday, September 24: Dining Decorum. 7 p.m. (Oshawa, Ontario). Parkwood House presents an exploration of the etiquette of a bygone era, capturing some of the niceties and absurdities of formal entertaining in the mansion during the 1920s and 1930s, followed by tea and homemade scones in the Gardener’s Lodge. $30. Limited space; reserve at 905-433-4311.
- Thursday, September 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. No reservation required.
- Saturday, September 28: MacNab’s Kitchen, 10 a.m. to noon. (Hamilton, Ontario). See August 24.
- Sunday, September 8: Harvest of the Past, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Edmonton). The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village celebrates Alberta’s agricultural roots with a traditional harvest.
- Saturday, September 28: Culture Days at McDougall Cottage – A Taste of Scotland, 1 to 4 p.m. (Cambridge, Ontario). McDougall Cottage offers take-home recipes and samples of some of Scotland’s favourite dishes, like shortbread, cloutie dumpling and haggis. Admission: By donation.
- Sunday, September 29: Tartan Tea, 2 to 4 p.m. (Cambridge, Ontario). McDougall House serves up cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam and cream along with live music. Admission: $15. Pre-registration is required at 519-575-4608.
- To August 25: Staycation Sundays (Toronto), noon to 5 p.m. Every Sunday, Gibson House offers indoor and outdoor 19th-century preserving demonstrations using seasonal produce from the garden. Visitors can taste traditional summer drinks or ice creams and play games on the great lawn. Admission: $5 to $8.
- To September 1: Historic Garden Tours (Hamilton, Ontario), 2 to 3 p.m. The costumed garden staff of Dundurn National Historic Site convey informative stories and historic gardening knowledge. Daily except Monday.
- To September 2: Scottish Tea, Hutchison House Museum, 1 to 4 p.m. (Peterborough, Ontario). Daily except Monday. Served on the terrace in the period garden, the tea includes fresh-baked scones, preserves, whipped cream, oatcakes, and tea, lemonade or iced tea. Admission: $10 (adults); $5 (9 and under), including tour of the 1840s restored stone house. 705-743-9710.
- To December 28: Toronto Brews (Toronto). The Market Gallery invites visitors to explore Toronto’s rich beer legacy through artifacts, artworks, archival images and videos at the exhibition “Toronto Brews!” The exhibit tells of the tiny breweries established in the early 1800s, the scaling-up of the industry in Victorian times, the impact of Prohibition and more! Per-registration is required.
- To August 2020: Temperance & Temptation (Mulmur, Ontario). Museum of Dufferin presents an exhibit about Prohibition, bootlegging and alcohol consumption from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s,
- 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 and tour. 604-513-4799 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 demos and 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, Ontario). 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 email@example.com.
Compiled by Julia Armstrong
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.
October 16 to 18 (Forest Grove and Hillsboro, Oregon)
WESTERN REGION CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR LIVING HISTORY, FARM AND AGRICULTURAL MUSEUMS (ALHFAM)
Theme: Building Community at the End of the Trail: Creating a Living History Network.
Program and lodging information: Click here.
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.
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
November 4 to 5 (Dieppe, New Brunswick)
EATING HERITAGE SYMPOSIUM
Of note: New Brunswick’s first food tourism conference, with collaboration from Really Local Harvest.
Theme: Focused on inspiring and connecting local producers, tourism operators, and destination marketing organizations to tap into their food tourism potential.