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First annual Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter, Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto: Join fellow food enthusiasts to explore how different peoples survived and thrived in Canada’s bitter winter. This year, the spotlight is on the culinary stories of the First Nations, Metis, French and English, with speakers, demonstrations, workshops and tastings. See the schedule for the day.
This year’s workshops include “Traditional Indigenous Teas,” led by Mark Sault (Migizi Gikino’ amaage inini), knowledge keeper from the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation; “Hungry for Apples” (culinary historian Fiona Lucas); “Maple Syrup Memories” (Métis writer and filmmaker Virginia Barter); “A Taste of Summer” (historic cook Mya Sangster); “Chicken Soup with Barley and Herbs” (Chantal Véchambre, author of French Taste in Atlantic Canada, 1604-1758, A Gastronomic History); and “Give Us This Day Our Great War Bread” (historic cook Mark D’Aguilar).
Like its predecessor, the event includes cooking competitions sponsored by Redpath Sugar. The baking category is Apple Pie. The preserving competition again features marmalade in two categories: Classic Seville, and other citrus fruit. New this year is the Apple Chutney category. Download the entry form here.
Admission: $75 + HST. Early bird: $65 + HST (until February 9), including refreshments and lunch. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are available online.
Piragi not Pierogies: A Dumpling Workshop, Sunday, January 28, 2018, noon to 4 p.m., Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto: A hands-on workshop led by CHC member Inese Grava-Gubins, in which we will learn to make the delicious Latvian baked version of the popular boiled dumplings, as well as tricks for using the easy and flexible “magic” dumpling dough for delicious treats such as cinnamon buns and apple tarts.
Saturday, December 9, 10 am to 5 pm
Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto
In early 19th-century England, the local winter market was one of the social and shopping highlights of the year. Fort York celebrates the legacy of the Frost Fair with a market, music, and food at Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812-era buildings and the new Fort York Visitor Centre. Visitors can shop for unique gifts made by local artisans, including jewellery, heritage-inspired reproductions, and holiday greenery. CHC participates with cookbooks and historic baking for sale.
Admission: Free (in honour of Canada 150)
Baking for the Victorian Christmas Table
Saturday, November 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W (at Islington Ave), Etobicoke
CHC and Montgomery’s Inn presented a hands-on early Victorian cooking class led by Sherry Murphy. Participants assisted in preparing authentic historic recipes in the Inn’s 1840s-era kitchen using historic equipment and techniques beside the hearth fire. Samples to take home, tea, snacks and a tour of the Inn, decked out for Christmas, are included. Admission: $65 ($55 for CHC members, students & seniors). Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Friday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to noon & Saturday, November 11, noon to 1 p.m.
During the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Remembrance Day presentations on the Burnbrae Farms Food & Lifestyle Stage at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto on the theme of WWI and WWII cooking on the front lines and homefront in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Also, the CHC sponsors two Heritage categories in the Fair’s Jams, Jellies and Pickling Competition.
Annual General Meeting
Saturday, October 21, 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Ralph Thornton Centre (765 Queen St. E.), Toronto