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An 18th-century Maritime French Feast: Saturday, January 26
A hands-on historic cooking workshop at Ralph Thornton Community Centre in Toronto led by chef and historic cook Chantal Véchambre Admission: $65 (general). $60 (CHC members).
Frost Fair: Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Frost Fair, Fort York National Historic Site. CHC participated, selling books and baked goods. Admission: Free.
Baking for the Victorian Christmas Table: Saturday, November 24, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
In the the historic kitchen at Campbell House (160 Queen St. W., Toronto)
CHC board member and historic cook Sherry Murphy led the third annual hands-on exploration of seasonal recipes dating from the Victorian period. Admission: $55-$65.
Taste Canada Awards Gala: Monday, October 29
Fairmont Royal York Hotel (100 Front St. W., Toronto). CHC once again sponsored of the pre-eminent celebration of Canadian culinary writing.
Annual General Meeting: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Village Room, Swansea Town Hall (95 Lavinia Avenue, southwest of Runnymede TTC station in Toronto)
Corn Roast and Heritage Fair, Thursday, September 6, 5 to 8 p.m.
Montgomery’s Inn (4709 Dundas St W at Islington Ave, Etobicoke)
CHC will be on hand in the historic tavern and kitchen, selling cookbooks and serving up tasty treats at this annual event, which this year sees the official unveiling of the newly restored inn, as well as oven-roasted corn, hot dogs and watermelon, family activities and live music by Gin Lane. (Don’t forget to bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs!) Admission: Free.
Adelaide Hoodless and Friends, Saturday, July 28, 2018, 9 a.m.to 6 p.m., A day trip from Toronto via motor coach to explore the Canadian roots of the Women’s Institutes and the E.D. Smith jam company in the Stoney Creek area (near Hamilton, Ontario), with visits to the Erland Lee Museum (birthplace of the Women’s Institutes) and Battlefield House Museum and Park (site of the Georgian-era home of the Gage family). Admission: $85 before June 1; $95 afterwards, including tours, lunch, historic food tastings and a chance to tour, taste, nibble and shop at the Ridge Road Estate Winery.
Mixed Messages: Shaping Culinary Culture, Thursday, June 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (120 St. George St., Toronto): Co-curator and Special Collections Projects Librarian Elizabeth Ridolfo, gave CHC members a guided tour of this exciting new culinary exhibit at the Fisher. The Mixed Messages exhibit will display “a tasty arrangement of rare cookbooks, periodicals (magazines), manuscripts and culinary objects from the 1820s to the 1960s.”
Foodways & Fisticuffs, The Larger-than-Life Personalities Who Shaped Quebec Cuisine, Wednesday, May 23 , 6 to 8 p.m., University of Toronto, Bissell Bldg, Room 728 (140 St. George St., Toronto): CHC, Culinaria Research Centre UTSC and U of T’s Faculty of Information presented a talk by Julian Armstrong and Nathalie Cooke.
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