THIS MONTH (September 2018)

Toronto

  • Tuesday, September 4: Table Talk with Laura Carlson, 6 to 9 p.m. In collaboration with Artery, The Depanneur hosts food historian, writer and broadcaster Laura Carlson of The Feast Podcast for an exciting dive into the history of medieval Spanish food and culture. Len Senater will present medieval Spanish recipes: Ajo Blanco (a chilled white gazpacho with almonds and garlic), Pescao en Escabeche (fish cooked in oil and vinegar) dressed with pesto-like Juvert sauce, Ciurons Tendres Ab Let De Melles (chickpeas cooked in almond milk and spices) and Tarta de Santiago (a gluten-free almond cake) with Higos ala Francesa (figs stewed in sweet wine). Admission: $25 + HST.
  • Saturday, September 15: Pioneer Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Black Creek Pioneer Village hosts this Mennonite Central Committee fundraiser featuring a plethora of period culinary experiences from the Mennonite and Pennsylvania-Dutch communities. Admission: Free with regular admission; some activities such as ale sampling incur extra costs.
  • Sunday, September 16: “There’s More to Jam Than Tarts,” 2 p.m. CHC Lifetime Member Mya Sangster presents a talk about the use of jams and marmalades in Jane Austen’s era for members of the Jane Austen Society of North America’s Toronto chapter at the Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury (1847 Bayview Avenue). Admission: $10 (non-members).
  • Sunday, September 16: City Cider, noon to 5 p.m. Spadina House Museum hosts the annual celebration of Toronto’s urban fruit harvest in the historic apple orchard, where guests will enjoy a hard cider bar from Ontario Cideries, listen to local music and help with hand-pressing apples for fresh cider. Admission: $10 (online), $15 (door), free (12 & under), including a tour of Spadina House. All proceeds support Not Far From The Tree’s fruit picking and sharing program.
  • CANCELLED | Saturday, September 22: Opa! Snacking the Greek Way, 2 to 3:30 p.m. CHC presents a Greek cooking workshop at Ralph Thornton Centre. Noted Greek cook Magdaline Dontsos will lead a workshop in which we learn how to make some surprisingly easy Greek mezedes (“little plates,” or “snacks”). Admission: $40-$45. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
  • Saturday & Sunday, September 22 & 23: Canada’s Hundred Days: A Great War Living History Weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fort York National Historic Site salutes the remarkable Canadian contribution made in the final days of the First World War with military exhibits and demonstrations of drills and tactics by accurately uniformed First World War re-enactment units. The Historic Cooks, including CHC members, will be on hand with samples of authentic foods from the front line and the home front. Admission: Free. 416-392-6907.
  • Sunday, September 23: Harvest Festival, noon to 4 p.m. Todmorden Mills invites visitors to celebrate the harvest season in the valley, visit historic homes, sample period recipes, tour the Wildflower Preserve and create a fun take-home craft.
  • Sunday, September 23: Sculpting with Sugar, 1 to 3 p.m. The Gardiner Museum presents renowned culinary historian Ivan Day, who will demonstrate how he creates his sugar masterpieces; attendees will have a chance to make their own sculptures out of sugar clay. Admission: $15 (general), $11 (65+), $9 (students), free (Gardiner Friends, 18 & under).
  • Sunday, September 30: Harvest Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Colborne Lodge invites visitors to celebrate the harvest season in beautiful High Park. Activities include pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, a harvest lunch at the Children’s Garden, period music and dancing, along with food and craft vendors.

Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Thursday, September 6: Corn Roast and Heritage Fair, 5 to 8 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn welcomes visitors to participate in the official unveiling of the newly restored inn while enjoying oven-roasted corn, hot dogs, watermelon, family activities and live music by Gin Lane. CHC will be on hand in the historic tavern and kitchen, selling cookboks and serving up tasty treats. Admission: Free.
  • Sunday, September 9: Fabulous Fall Tonic Elixirs, 2 to 3 p.m. (Goodwood, Ontario). Richter’s Herbs welcomes CHC member Pat Crocker, author of 18 cookbooks, who will discuss tonic herbs to grow and the making of teas, tinctures and syrups for elixirs. Admission: Free.
  • Thursday, September 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.
  • Saturday, September 29: Pumpkins and Spice: The Untold Story, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn National Historic Site welcomes participants to join a hands-on cooking workshop about traditional pumpkin recipes and their spices while learning about the history of this favourite fall vegetable. All participants will take home a recipe booklet and a free pass to the museum. Suitable for ages 14 years and older. Admission: $55. Pre-registration is required.

Other Regions

  • Sunday, September 9: Harvest of the Past, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Edmonton, Alberta). A family-friendly Ukrainian harvest festival at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.
  • Sunday, September 9: Open Hearth Cooking at the Manor, 1 or 6 p.m. (Grimsby, Ontario). Nelles Manor Museum presents an introductory hearth-cooking class using 19th-century recipes and an original 230-year-old hearth and crane, led by historical interpreter Julia Baird. Admission: $30, including a tour.
  • Saturday, September 15: Tango Tea, 2 to 5 p.m. (Cambridge, Ontario). A high tea of finger sandwiches and petits fours. Accompanying the repast will be an afternoon of entertainment that will include an overview of the 1910s, songs, silent films and recitations, followed by period dances led by internationally renowned social dancers Richard Powers and Kimber Rudo. Period costume is encouraged but not mandatory. Admission: $50.
  • Sunday, September 16: What Is Canadian Cuisine? Lessons from Generations Past, 2 p.m. (Picton, Ontario). The Waring House presents a special lecture by CHC member Nathalie Cooke about the way Canada’s diversity finds expression in food choices over time. Admission: Free.
  • Sunday, September 16: Applefest Fall Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Burlington, Ontario). Ireland House Museum celebrates autumn with a day of attractions, including historic demonstrations and entertainment featuring the Halton Dance Network, BarryO Kidshow & the Poacher Ukulele Band. Admission: Free. 905-332-9888.
  • Tuesday to Saturday, September 18 to 22: International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Paincourt, Ontario). A rural tradition of plowing, agriculture and food. Admission: $20 (adult), $5 (6-15), free (under 6).
  • Sunday, September 30: Suffragette Tea, 1 to 3 p.m. (Pickering, Ontario). A discussion at Pickering Village Museum about the struggle for women’s right to vote. Edwardian recipes will be featured: menus typically include sandwiches or a hearty equivalent, pickles, dessert, sweets, tea and a cold beverage. Throughout the course of the meal, costumed interpreter(s) lead an interactive presentation on the tradition of tea and women’s rights. Recipe handout provided. Admission: $32. Pre-registration is required.

LOOKING AHEAD (October 2018)

Toronto

  • Wednesday, October 3: From Past to Present: A Jewish Food Tour Through Kensington Market, 6 to 8 p.m.. The Ontario Jewish Archives’ Stories of Spadina Tour explores the history of Kensington Market when it was a thriving Jewish village with  kosher bakeries, butchers and shuls. Participants will learn the history of this once-Jewish market while discovering the Jewish cultural renewal happening in the area. This unique tour includes a visit to two community gardens. Admission: Free. Pre-registration is required; enrolment priority will be given to Birthright Israel alumni.
  • Saturday, October 6: Hearth Cooking Workshop: Hearth & Harvest, 10 a.m. to noon. Gibson House Museum presents a class in which participants will use produce from the season’s harvest to create an autumn meal over the open hearth. This hands-on workshop is led by an experienced historic cook. Participants must be 12 years of age or older. Admission: $35.
  • Saturday, October 20: Harvest Tea, two seatings: noon & 2:30 p.m. Gibson House Museum invites guests to relax and enjoy a Victorian-inspired harvest tea with finger sandwiches and sweets in the historic 1850s farmhouse, served in the company of costumed interpreters. Not recommended for children under 6. Admission: $20, including a tour. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
  • Saturday, October 20: CHC Annual General Meeting, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Village Room at Swansea Town Hall (95 Lavinia Avenue, near Runnymede TTC station). Please join us!
  • Monday, October 29: Taste Canada Awards Gala, 5:30 to 10 p.m. The Fairmont Royal York Hotel hosts this pre-eminent celebration of Canadian culinary writing, of which CHC is once again a sponsor.

Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Friday to Sunday, October 19 to 21: Master and Commander – A Weekend in 1812, all day. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn hosts the meals for this immersive experience in the fascinating world of the 1812-era Royal Navy, presented by CHC member Karen Millyard. The event also includes a tall ship cruise, sea shanties, French duellists, dancing, antique weapons and hands-on workshops and demonstrations. Admission: Various prices. Pre-registration is required. 416-578-1031.
  • Thursday, October 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.
  • Saturday, October 27: Loaf ’n’ Ladle Pioneer Supper, 7 p.m. (Brampton, Ontario). Bovaird House presents another instalment of its popular historical feast. More details to follow.

Other Regions

  • Saturday, October 3: Historic 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 to Monday, October 6 to 8: 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. Pre-registration is required.
  • Friday, October 26: Autumn Tartan Tea, 2 p.m. (Cambridge, Ontario). McDougall Cottage presents a traditional tea with sandwiches and sweets. Musician Bill Muir sets the musical mood. Admission: $15 + HST. Pre-registration is required.

CONTINUING

  • To Labour Day: Scottish Tea at Hutchison (Peterborough, Ontario), Tuesday to Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Served on the terrace in the period garden, the tea includes scones, preserves, whipped cream, oatcakes and tea, lemonade or iced tea. Admission: $10 (adults & youth), $5 (under 10), including tours of the 1840s restored stone house. Pre-registration is required at 705-743-9710.
  • To Labour Day: Upper Canada Village (Morrisburg, Ontario). Open daily, the village offers historical culinary treats, from Sasparilla and Ginger Beer at the Cook’s Tavern to period dinners and afternoon teas at Willard’s Hotel. Admission varies.
  • To September 16: Agriculture in Huron County (Goderich, Ontario). Huron County Museum & Archives presents an exhibit on modern agricultural practices, successes and challenges in Huron County.
  • To October 8: Kings Landing Historical Site (Prince William, New Brunswick). The site offers historical wine-, butter- and cheese-making demonstrations as well as open-hearth baking and cooking demonstrations.
  • Through October 2018: From Glen Notes to War Notes: A Canadian Perspective on the First World War in Rilla of Ingleside (Guelph, Ontario). The first exhibit in the new Archival & Special Collections space in the University of Guelph’s McLaughlin Library, co-curated by staff, students and faculty from the Department of History, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Materials are drawn from the U of G Library’s extensive L.M. Montgomery Collection.
  • 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 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 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: Ongoing exhibits at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum(Ottawa) explore Food Preservation, Bees and Canola. Admission: Free with entrance to the museum. 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.

Conferences

Upcoming 

September 20 to 21, 2018 (Edinburgh, Scotland)
1st BIANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FOOD AND COMMUNICATION
“Food is one of the key aspects through which we represent ourselves individually and as a community,” write the organizers of this conference. “It is also located at the core of many social issues and issues and interests.” See the details about attending and the list of keynote speakers.

September 21 to 22, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario)
A PASSION FOR PORCELAIN
An international symposium celebrating the career and scholarship of Meredith Chilton, former chief curator at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum. Includes a presentation by noted English food historian Ivan Day on “Frozen Treats: The Development of the Ice-Cream Cooler.”

October 4 to 5, 2018 (Antalya, Turkey)
3rd TASTE OF CITY CONFERENCE: FOOD AND MARKETING
This conference focuses on understanding the role that food plays in place marketing and branding, including food tourism and multidisciplinary approaches to gastronomy and culture. One of the many sub-themes focuses on the marketing of heritage food.

October 25 to 26, 2018 (Vancouver, British Columbia)
8th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FOOD STUDIES
The three themes of the conference are food production and sustainability; food, nutrition and health; food politics, policies and cultures. Register here.

November 1 to 3, 2018 (Washington, D.C.)
4th ANNUAL SMITHSONIAN FOOD HISTORY WEEKEND
Explore the history and changing dynamics of regional food cultures in the United States. On the menu are cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning, dynamic conversations, Smithsonian collections, a black-tie gala and dance performances.

November 15 to 16, 2018 (Tours, France)
FOOD AS A CULTURAL HERITAGE: CHALLENGES, PROCESSES AND PERSPECTIVES
Organized by the European Institute for the History and Culture of Food (IEHCA), the objective of the conference is to advocate a multidisciplinary approach to food heritage and to examine, from a European and international standpoint, countries that have successfully added food elements to UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

November 16 to 17, 2018 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
AMSTERDAM SYMPOSIUM ON THE HISTORY OF FOOD
This annual conference is a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam’s Special Collections and School of Historical Studies and the Social & Cultural Food Studies (FOST) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It is targeted at both an academic and professional audience. See the conference page for details.

Looking Ahead

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 8, 2019 (Washington, D.C.)
AGRICULTURAL HISTORY SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING
Call for papers deadline: September 28, 2018.
Theme: Power in Agricultural History; see details and suggested topics.
Of note: 100th anniversary of the society.

June 8 to 12, 2019 (Saint-Marie Among the Hurons, Midland, Ontario)
ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR LIVING HISTORY, FARM AND AGRICULTURAL MUSEUMS

June 18 to 21 (Barcelona, Spain)
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON CULINARY HERITAGE, TOURISM AND SUSTAINABILITY
Call for papers deadline: September 30, 2018.
Themes and information: Click here.
Venue: Observatorio de la Alimentación (University of Barcelona) and Fundación Alícia.

July 12 to 14, 2019 (Oxford, England)
OXFORD SYMPOSIUM ON FOOD & COOKERY
Call for papers deadline: mid-January 2019.

2020

June 21 to 25, 2020 (Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts)
ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR LIVING HISTORY, FARM AND AGRICULTURAL MUSEUMS

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