THIS MONTH  (November 2019)

Toronto

  • 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. 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; marketgallery@toronto.ca, 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; marketgallery@toronto.ca, 416-392-7604.
  • Friday, November 22: Italian Renaissance Dinner, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cucinato and Istituto Italiano di Cultura present a special event as part of the third annual World Italian Food Week. This seven-course tasting menu has been assembled from seminal Renaissance works like Scappi’s Opera (1570) and Castelvetro’s The Fruit, Herbs and Vegetables of Italy (1614) by Dr. Karima Moyer-Nocchi, a culinary historian and tenured professor at the University of Siena. She will give a brief presentation about Italian Renaissance cuisine prior to the meal and explain the role of each of the dishes in the evolution of Italian foodways. Admission: $75.
  • Saturday, November 23: Gingerbread Afternoon Tea, two seatings: 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Gibson House presents a festive afternoon tea served by costumed interpreters in the historic surroundings of the Gibson family’s Victorian farmhouse, with flavours inspired by the holiday season. Visitors will enjoy tea, scones, a variety of finger sandwiches and treats inspired by winter spice, after which they will tour the decorated home. This Georgian farmhouse, surrounded by an apple orchard and heritage gardens, offers visitors a glimpse of 19th-century rural life in North York. Admission: $30. Pre-registration is required
  • 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)

  • Sunday, November 10, 1 to 4 p.m.: Remembrance Day Tea. To mark Remembrance Day and the centenary of the Armistice, Montgomery’s Inn is hosting this special tea, featuring WWI-era music and refreshments inspired by recipes from the Great War. Admission: $7 + HST (at the door).
  • Saturday, November 16: Baking for the Victorian Christmas Table, 1 to 4 p.m. (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. Admission: $65 (general), $55 (CHC members). Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
  • 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 period dress, 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.
  • Sunday, November 3: Tea & Bannock: Community Tea, 2 p.m. (Guelph, Ontario). Guelph Civic Museum offers tea, bannock and kitchen conversations with Karonhyakatste of White Pines Catering. Karonhyakatste is a mixed-blood Haudenosaunee woman, experiential knowledge teacher and storyteller. The menu includes bannock, cold cedar tea with cinnamon and lemon, wild rice, mini Indian tacos, salmon crostini, corn soup and strawberry shortcake. Admission: $20 + HST.
  • 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, who 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.
  • Saturdays, November 23 & 30: Communal Bake Days, 2 p.m. (Kitchener, Ontario). Community bake ovens were the information hubs of the past. Visitors to Schneider Haus National Historic Site can prepare their bread at home and bring it to bake in a wood-fired bake oven. While the bread is baking, they can meet up with other bakers, share stories and recipes or visit the museum. Admission: Free with regular admission: $4 to $6  (individual), $15 (family). Pre-registration is required.
LOOKING AHEAD (December 2019)

Toronto

  • Wednesday, December 4: Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food. The Toronto Book Launch!, 6 to 8 p.m. CHC and Culinaria Research Centre at U of T Scarborough present the Toronto launch for food scholar Lenore Newman’s latest book, which deals with the history of foods humans have literally loved to death and what that means for our culinary future. Admission: Free. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
  • Thursday, December 5: Home School Holiday Baking & Christmas Tour, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Black Creek Pioneer Village invites visitors to prepare for the holiday season by baking Christmas treats using a wood-burning stove in the historic Samuel Stong House, with a tour of the village during which they will learn about Christmas traditions of the past. For ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission: $19 (one student plus one adult).
  • Thursday, December 5: Hogmanay and Hygge, 5:30 p.m. Gibson House demonstrates Scottish Hogmanay traditions, Danish Hygge cosiness and global holiday connections. Visitors will explore the candlelit Victorian home, discover the history behind many winter holidays, make a julehjerter (a traditional Danish Christmas decoration) and sample mulled Ontario apple cider, shortbread, gingerbread and candied orange peel. Admission: $20. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, December 7: Christmas Baking Workshop, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mackenzie House offers a tour and a chance to learn about the tastes and culinary technologies of the Victorian period and try baking traditional Christmas sweets in the historic wood-fire oven. Admission: $35 + HST. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, December 7: Christmas by Lamplight, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Black Creek Pioneer Village is transformed by the glow of lamps and lanterns, flickering candles and cozy fireplaces with pioneer carollers and samples of festive foods like mulled cider, gingerbread cookies and chestnuts roasted on an open fire. Full traditional Christmas dinners are also available. Admission: $26.95 to $36.95 (program only); $61.90 to $101.95 (program + dinner). Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, December 7: The Cook’s Apprentice: A Baking Workshop for Children. Noon to 2:30 p.m. Fort York National Historic Site invites children (8 to 12) to learn how to bake traditional recipes in a historic kitchen setting. Cakes, biscuits and confections are on the menu, using recipes for iced queen cakes, gingerbread, peppermint drops and a delicious breakfast griddle cake. Kids can decorate a baker’s box and bring samples of their baking home to their family. Admission: $30 + HST. Pre-registration is required.
  • Sunday, December 8: Gingerbread Sweets and Treats Workshop, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Gibson House gets into the holiday spirit by decorating gingerbread cookies and baking traditional recipes in the historic kitchen. Guests may gather in the parlour with a shortbread cookie and warm apple cider for a reading of the classic tale “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” They can also try out toys that Victorian children would have received on Christmas morning and explore the historic house, which will be bedecked in greenery and cheerful ribbons. Admission: $30 + HST (one adult plus one child), $15 + HST (each additional child or adult).
  • Thursday, December 12: Hogmanay and Hygge, 5:30 p.m. Gibson House demonstrates Scottish Hogmanay traditions, Danish Hygge cosiness and global holiday connections. Visitors will explore the candlelit Victorian home, discover the history behind many winter holidays, make a julehjerter (a traditional Danish Christmas decoration) and sample mulled Ontario apple cider, shortbread, gingerbread and candied orange peel. Admission: $20. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, December 14: Christmas by Lamplight, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Black Creek Pioneer Village. See Saturday, December 7.
  • Saturday, December 14: Gingerbread Afternoon Tea, two seatings: 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Gibson House offers a festive afternoon tea served by costumed interpreters in the historic surroundings of the Gibson family’s Victorian farmhouse, with flavours inspired by the holiday season. Visitors will enjoy tea, scones, a variety of finger sandwiches and treats inspired by winter spice, then tour the decorated home. This Georgian farmhouse, surrounded by an apple orchard and heritage gardens, offers visitors a glimpse of 19th-century rural life in North York. Admission: $30. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, December 14: The Cook’s Apprentice: A Savoury Cooking Workshop for Children, noon to 2:30 p.m. Fort York National Historic Site offers a hands-on workshop during which children ages 8 to 12 learn to make and taste traditional recipes, including macaroni and cheese, chicken curry and a seasonal soup as part of their meal—all in the Officers’ Mess historic kitchen. During the workshop, children will learn both historic and modern cooking techniques and enjoy their finished product. Admission $30 + HST. Pre-registration is required.
  • Sunday, December 15: Gingerbread Sweets and Treats Workshop, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Gibson House gets into the holiday spirit by decorating gingerbread cookies and baking traditional recipes in the historic kitchen. Guests may gather in the parlour with a shortbread cookie and warm apple cider for a reading of the classic tale “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” They can also try out toys that Victorian children would have received on Christmas morning and explore the historic house, which will be bedecked in greenery and cheerful ribbons. Admission: $30 + HST (one adult plus one child), $15 + HST (each additional child or adult).
  • Saturday, December 21: Christmas by Lamplight, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Black Creek Pioneer Village. See Saturday, December 7.
  • Saturday & Sunday, December 21 & 22: Victorian Christmas Talk & Tea, 2 to 3:30 p.m. A 20-minute illustrated presentation on Victorian Christmas traditions in the Market Gallery, followed by tea and Christmas-themed treats in the Market Kitchen. Admission: $25 + HST, including admission to the current exhibit, “Toronto Brews.” Pre-registration is required.
  • Friday to Tuesday, December 27 to 31: Gingerbread Make and Bake, two sessions: 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. In this 45-minute hands-on workshop, kids ages 4+ will use period cooking utensils and tools to sift flour, crush cinnamon, cloves or allspice, pound sugar and grate nutmeg and ginger as they prepare an 1800s gingerbread recipe in Fort York’s historic kitchen. Visitors can sign up for a morning or an afternoon workshop in the Museum Store when they arrive. Admission: $5.30 to $12.40 + HST, including take-home samples.
  • Saturday & Sunday, December 28 & 29: Hogamanay, 6 to 8 p.m. Mackenzie House invites visitors to enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods, including haggis, tatties and neeps at this traditional celebration of the new year. The decorated house will be illuminated by gas and candlelight, and the Gin Lane Trio will perform traditional music of the season. Admission: $35 + HST. Pre-registration is required.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Friday, December 6: Historic Cooking Workshop: Delicious Desserts, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn National Historic Site offers an opportunity to learn how to make Christmas pudding and traditional Scottish Christmas baked goods (for ages 14+). Admission: $50, including a take-home recipe book. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, December 7: Dickens Christmas Feast, 5 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn presents a candlelit four-course Christmas feast served before the roaring fire. Recreated from sumptuous historic recipes of the Victorian era, the menu includes pre-dinner drinks and a demonstration of Dickens’ own recipe for Flaming Rum Punch in the historic bar room. The evening will also include dramatic readings from A Christmas Carol and a brief dance lesson in the ball room to live musical accompaniment. Admission: $100 + HST (includes one glass of wine and rum punch). Cash bar. Pre-registration is required.
Other Regions

  • Wednesday, December 4: 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 by the fire. Admission: $15. Pre-registration is required at 705-743-9710.
  • Saturdays, December 14 & 21: Communal Bake Days, 2 p.m. (Kitchener, Ontario). Community bake ovens were the information hubs of the past. Visitors to Schneider Haus National Historic Site can prepare their bread at home and bring it to bake in a wood-fired bake oven. While the bread is baking, they can meet up with other bakers, share stories and recipes or visit the museum. Admission: Free with regular admission: $4 to $6 (individual), $15 (family). Pre-registration is required.

CONTINUING

  • Saturdays & Sundays, November 16 to December 23: Family Christmas Weekends, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Toronto). Black Creek Pioneer Village offers activities geared towards families, including 1860s cooking demonstrations. Admission: Free to $15 (individual).
  • November 19, 2019 to January 5, 2020: Auld Lang Syne 19th-Century New Year’s Celebration, (Toronto). Mackenzie House presents an exploration of the Hogmanay rituals of 19th-century Scottish Canadians and how they parallel New Year’s celebrations in other countries and cultures. Visitors can tour the restored house, learn about the Mackenzie family and New Year’s traditions and taste cider and cookies, among other activities. Admission: $5 to $8.
  • 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.
  • To 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 info@parkwoodestate.com.

Conferences

Compiled by Julia Armstrong

2019

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: Listen to podcasts of past seminars.

November 4 to 5 (Dieppe, New Brunswick)
EATING HERITAGE/GOÛTER L’HISTOIRE 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.

November 8 to 10 (Mumford, New York)
DOMESTIC SKILLS SYMPOSIUM
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: See forms on website.

November 15 to 16 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
AMSTERDAM SYMPOSIUM ON THE HISTORY OF FOOD
Theme: (Post)Colonial Foodways.
Program and registration: See conference website.

2020

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 (Sturbridge, Massachusetts)
ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR LIVING HISTORY, FARM AND AGRICULTURAL MUSEUMS
Venue: Old Sturbridge Village, New England’s largest outdoor living history museum.

2021

May 13 to 15 (Guelph, Ontario)
14TH TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE RURAL WOMEN’S STUDIES ASSOCIATION 

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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