THIS MONTH (October 2019)


  • Thursday, October 3: Toronto Brews Thursday Nights: Muddy York Brewing, 5 to 6 p.m. The Market Gallery presents craft beer tastings and guided tours of the exhibit “Toronto Brews.” Admission: $12 (limited to age 19+). Pre-registration is required;, 416-392-7604.
  • Friday, October 4: Heritage Explorers Camp, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gibson House Museum presents activities geared to kids ages 7-11, including cooking in the historic kitchen and hands-on garden activities. This Georgian farmhouse, surrounded by an apple orchard and heritage gardens, offers visitors a glimpse of 19th-century rural life in North York. Admission: $40.50. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, October 5: The Iconic Canadian Butter Tart, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fort York National Historic Site invites visitors to explore the sweet history of this iconic Canadian treat. Using WWI recipes, participants will learn how to make the perfect pastry and filling for delicious tarts every time. Light refreshments, recipe package and tarts to take home. Admission: $30. Pre-registration is required.
  • Sunday, October 6: Harvest Cookery Workshop, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gibson House Museum presents a hands-on workshop that uses seasonal produce to create delicious puddings and pies. An experienced historic cook and interpreter will guide participants through decoding historic recipes and preparing dishes to cook over the open hearth, and will share knowledge about life on the Gibson Farm. Admission: $50. Pre-registration is required.
  • Thursday, October 17: Toronto Brews Thursday Nights: Amsterdam  Brewing, 5 to 6 p.m. The Market Gallery presents craft beer tastings and guided tours of the exhibit “Toronto Brews.” Admission: $12 (limited to age 19+). Pre-registration is required;, 416-392-7604.
  • Friday, October 18: The Enlightened Feast, 6 to 10 p.m. As part of the exhibition “Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment,” the Gardiner Museum presents an adventurous menu featuring fresh seal meat, pickled cattails, chewy jellyfish and more. Inspired by the new enlightenment in the worlds of cuisine and food culture, a collective of chefs will work with Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo of CLAY restaurant to create the feast. Ivy Knight, Sheila Heti and Laurie Woolever will discuss the restrictive gender dynamics that have ruled kitchens since Escoffier’s time and the principles that can help us navigate toward a post-patriarchal society and the next age of enlightenment. Admission: $125 (general); $106.25 (Gardiner Friends).
  • Saturday, October 19: Canada’s Table: A Celebration of Our Cookbooks, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fort York National Historic Site celebrates the history, influence and importance of cookbooks and great Canadian authors, both past and present, during a full day of panel discussions, demonstrations and workshops. Price includes morning refreshments, Long Table Lunch and a one-hour workshop. Each workshop participant will receive a signed copy of their workshop leader’s cookbook. Admission: $125. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, October 19: Historical Craft Beer Tour – The Junction, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Rolling Hops Beer Tours presents a chance to sample different beers and learn about craft beer types, brewing processes and history on a walking tour of the Junction neighbourhood. Admission: $80.73, including a light snack.
  • Saturday, October 19: Harvest Tea, various times. Gibson House presents a harvest tea with all the classic accompaniments, served by costumed interpreters in the historic parlours and dining room at Gibson House Museum. Finger sandwiches, scones, and cookies and cakes are inspired by historic menus and recipes. After tea, participants can explore the historic house on a self-guided tour. Admission: $30. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, October 19: 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, October 26: Historical Craft Beer Tour – The Junction, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Rolling Hops Beer Tours presents a chance to sample different beers and learn about craft beer types, brewing processes and history on a walking tour of the Junction neighbourhood. Admission: $80.73, including a light snack.
  • Sunday, October 27: Taste Canada Awards Gala at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel (see news section, above). Admission: $135. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Saturday, October 12: Wood-Burning Oven Baking, 9:30 a.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 successful cooking and baking in a wood-fired oven in this one-of-a-kind experience. Admission: $195.
  • Friday to Sunday, October 18 to 20: Master and Commander: A Weekend in Nelson’s Navy, various times (Etobicoke, Ontario). Led by historical researcher, choreographer and event organizer Karen Millyard, participants will spend the weekend immersed in the world of the Royal Navy of 200 years ago, including favourite sailors’ meals and grog rations. Admission: $50 to $200. Pre-registration is required at
  • Saturday, October 26: Harvest Home Breakfast, 9 to 11 a.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). Guests will enjoy a hearty farmer-style breakfast at the historic Ancaster Old Town Hall before exploring the current exhibition at Fieldcote Museum, “Stories from the Edge,” which showcases stories and artifacts of Ancaster’s history. Admission: $16 (adults), $8 (children). Pre-registration is required.
  • Thursday, October 31 (TBC)Thirsty Thursday, 7 to 10 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn presents a special Hallowe’en edition of Thirsty Thursday tavern night, featuring 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. 416-394-8113No reservation required.

Other Regions

  • Wednesday, October 2: Heritage Luncheon, two seatings: noon & 1:30 p.m. (Peterborough, Ontario). Hutchison House Museum presents a homemade meal served by costumed interpreters in the historic Keeping Room. Admission: $15. Pre-registration is required. 705-743-9710.
  • Saturday, October 5: Indigenous Food Systems, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Hiawatha First Nation, Ontario). Canadian Bushcraft presents a one-day workshop that will introduce participants to traditional foods from the land, from the perspective of the Anishinaabeg people. Maple sugar, wild rice, acorns, fish and game meat will be discussed, processed and cooked for an early afternoon buffet. Admission: $85.
  • Saturday to Monday, October 5, 6, 12, 13 & 14: Thanksgiving at Kings Landing, various times (Prince William, New Brunswick). Kings Landing Historical Settlement presents Thanksgiving dining programs (a traditional Victorian Thanksgiving Dinner and a lively Harvest Home Long-Table Feast) with farm-fresh ingredients, time-honoured recipes and a sense of history unique to New Brunswick. Admission: $28.99 to $38.99 plus tax & tip. Pre-registration is required.
  • Sunday, October 6: Cooks and Cookbooks, (London, Ontario). Eldon House presents culinary scholars Elizabeth Ridolfo and Prof. Irina D. Mihalache, who will speak about the history of culinary culture in Canada, including recent findings from Lucy Harris’s cookbook found in the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Participants will concoct their own home remedies from the recipes in the book. Admission: $30. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, October 19: Schmecks Appeal: The Culinary Legacy of Edna Staebler (Waterloo, Ontario). Rose Murray, CHC Lifetime Member and Edna’s friend, will reflect on the life and food writing of this illustrious Canadian culinary icon, with lunch cooked from Staebler’s books, such as Food That Really Schmecks. Admission: $117 (general), $110 (CHC members), including a full lunch, snacks and a visit to historic Schneider House. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

LOOKING AHEAD (November 2019)


  • Friday, November 1 to Sunday, November 10: Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Prize-winning cows, sheep, pigs, poultry, produce, dairy products and more, along with sales and tastings of local food at Exhibition Place. The CHC sponsors the Heritage Jam and Pickle categories in the annual preserving competition; winners will be on display.
  • Monday, November 4: The King’s Peas—Curator Talk and Book Launch, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Gardiner Museum presents a lecture by curator Meredith Chilton in which she will delve deeper into the stories, images and recipes from the museum’s current exhibition, “Savour,” and its accompanying publication, The King’s Peas: Delectable Recipes and Their Stories from the Age of Enlightenment. Admission: Included with museum admission (free to $15).
  • Thursday, November 7: Toronto Brews Thursday Nights: Great Lakes Brewery, 5 to 6 p.m. The Market Gallery presents craft beer tastings and guided tours of the exhibit “Toronto Brews.” Admission: $12 (limited to age 19+). Pre-registration is required;, 416-392-7604.
  • Sunday, November 10: Drinking with Mr. Darcy: Jane Austen–Inspired Cocktails, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Famous Last Words (392 Pacific Avenue) presents a boozy afternoon at the Pemberley Estate exploring the works of Jane Austen. Organizers will cover a range of spirits and styles that they say will delight every “sense and sensibility.” Participants will learn how to measure, shake, stir, pour and garnish like a pro. Admission: $60, including four cocktails and a copy of the recipes.
  • Thursday, November 21: Toronto Brews Thursday Nights: Junction Craft Brewing, 5 to 6 p.m. The Market Gallery presents craft beer tastings and guided tours of the exhibit “Toronto Brews.” Admission: $12 (limited to age 19+). Pre-registration is required;, 416-392-7604.
  • Sunday, November 24: Mince Pies: An Historical Cooking Workshop, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fort York National Historic Site invites participants to learn how to make the pastry and rich filling of these traditional fruit- and meat-based pies. A recipe package and mince pies to take home are included. Recommended for those aged 13+. Admission: $75 + HST. Pre-registration is required.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Saturday, November 16: Baking for the Victorian Christmas Table (Etobicoke, Ontario). In the historic kitchen at Montgomery’s Inn, CHC board member and historic cook Sherry Murphy will lead the fourth annual hands-on exploration of seasonal recipes dating from the Victorian period.
  • Sunday, November 24: Stir-Up Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Visitors to Montgomery’s Inn will witness a 19th-century working commercial kitchen at an afternoon of cooking demonstrations presented by historic cooks in costume, including CHC members. Admission: $8 (general), $7 (youth & seniors), $5 (child), including samples while supplies last. 416-394-8113.
  • Sunday, November 24: Toussaint: Traditions of the Dark Months, 5 to 9:30 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn hosts a bewitching evening of storytelling and music from the Celtic tradition of Breton folklore, along with a simple meal, created by CHC member Karen Millyard. During the “Black Months” of November and December, people gathered by the fire to hear the eerie tales of northern coastal France. Admission: TBA. 416-578-1031.

Other Regions

  • Friday, November 1 to Wednesday, November 13: MTLàTABLE (Montreal). The 8th edition of Montréal’s annual food festival, with 150 restaurants offering table d’hôte menus at $23, $33 and $43, as well as $17 brunches that highlight Quebec terroir products.
  • Thursday to Saturday, November 7 to 9: 5th annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend (Washington, D.C.), Food innovators, entrepreneurs, chefs, scholars and enthusiasts will engage museum visitors around the theme Power Through Food, with a special focus on migrant and refugee women and organizations and how their food-related enterprises are helping create sustainable livelihoods and stronger communities. The weekend includes cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning, beer history and a black-tie gala. Admission: Various prices; some free events.
  • Sunday, November 10: Traditional Fire Tonic Making and Use, 1 to 3 p.m. (Galt, Ontario). McDougall Cottage hosts this hands-on workshop presented by holistic practitioner Jassie Bhuee. He will discuss Fire Tonic, its health benefits, how to make it, and how it can be enjoyed in everyday life. Students will need a cutting board and a sharp knife; all other materials and ingredients will be provided. Admission: $45 + HST, including tastings, notes and recipes. Pre-registration is required.


  • Thursday, October 17 to Sunday, January 19, 2020: Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment (Toronto). The Gardiner Museum presents a multifaceted exhibit that explores the ways that food and dining were transformed in Europe during the Age of Enlightenment, and how these profound changes still resonate today.
  • 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! Pre-registration is required.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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


Compiled by Julia Armstrong


Throughout Academic Year 2019-2020 (Virtual)
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: Listen to podcasts of past seminars.

October 14 to 15 (New York, N.Y.)
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)
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, New Jersey)
Organizers: Mens et Mensa: Society for the Study of Food in the Middle Ages, in cooperation with Rutgers University.
Venue: The State University of New Jersey.

November 4 to 5 (Dieppe, New Brunswick)
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.

November 8 to 10 (Mumford, New York)
Venue and host: Genesee Country Village & Museum.
Details: Saturday (9th) symposium features four lectures on food, material culture, technology and more. Pre- and post-symposium workshops optional.
Of note: Buffet luncheon for registrants, featuring receipts from 18th- and 19th-century cookery books.
Registration: Before Oct. 18 to avoid late fee. See forms on website.

November 15 to 16 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Theme: (Post)Colonial Foodways.
Program and registration: See conference website.


May 26 to 27 (Dublin, Ireland)
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 (Sturbridge, Massachusetts)
Venue: Old Sturbridge Village, New England’s largest outdoor living history museum.


May 13 to 15 (Guelph, Ontario)

Theme: Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum.
Of note: RWSA is an international association to promote and advance farm and rural women’s/gender studies in a historical perspective.
Call for proposals (deadline May 31, 2020): see the conference website.
Venue: University of Guelph.

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