Upcoming CHC Events

Canada 150 Blog Challenge 2017
CHC invites food bloggers to participate in our Canada 150 Blog Challenge. We’ll be naming a topic for every month and publicizing entries throughout Canada’s sesquicentennial year. At the end of 2017, we’ll choose our favourite participating blogs and sponsor them for entry into Taste Canada’s blog category.

For January 2017, the topic is fish and seafood. We’re looking for blog posts of any length and in either French or English that relate to the history of fish and seafood in Canada. The approach could be an experiment with a historic recipe, a contemporary take on a traditional dish, a report on a visit to a historic site relating to fishing, a family story with a recipe that relates to the topic, an essay about a historic technique for catching, preserving or preparing fish or seafood… or any other similar topic.

Bloggers need not contribute every month to be considered. To enter, simply publish your entry within the month of January 2017 and post it on the CHC Facebook page before midnight on Friday, February 17.

CHC President Luisa Giacometti demonstrates WWI cooking

CHC President Luisa Giacometti demonstrates WWI cooking. Photo by Carolyn Crawford

Great War Cooking Demonstrations

Tuesday, February 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W (Etobicoke)
Before the CHC embarks to France for the Vimy Centennial commemorations in April, well be testing and demonstrating dishes from the home front and field kitchens of the Great War in the Inn’s Historic Kitchen. Join us as we set up a small cooker (sterno) for a World War One Mess Tin to explore how soldiers cooked in the trenches. There may even been some samples to taste!
Admission: Free with regular admission to the Inn


10th annual Mad for Marmalade, Crazy for Citrus!

Sat, February 18, 2017
Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd (Toronto)
Marmalade is always bittersweet, but this year it’s especially so, as we hold the 10th and final edition of the sensationally popular marmalade event co-hosted by CHC at Fort York.

Among the presenters will be Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison, authors of Batch, and Camilla Wynne, founder of Preservation Society and author of Preservation Society Home Preserves: 100 Modern Recipes. Workshop leaders include Mary Luz Mejia, Rachel Fox, Elizabeth Baird and Jennifer MacKenzie and others. A marmalade competition, a marketplace and a citrus-themed lunch round out the day. Full details will be available soon.


Catharine Wilson

“Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?”: Harvest meals and foodscapes of plenty in rural Ontario

Sat, March 11, Time TBA
University of Guelph
A presentation by Dr. Catharine Wilson, the Redelmeier Professor of Rural History at the University of Guelph, about meals provided by host families at barn raisings, threshing days and quilting bees in 19th- and 20th-century Ontario, plus an introduction to her project the Rural Diary Archive. As she explains, “Farm diaries help us to understand the role of harvest meals in rural hospitality—and the importance of meeting, but not exceeding, community standards.”

CHC member Anya Craig

Anya Craig

Vimy Ridge 100

Fri-Tue, April 7 to 11, 2017
Arras (France)
CHC will animate a presentation with demonstrations about food on the Canadian frontlines and Home Front in WWI and WWII as part of the observance of the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.

Lenore Newman

Lenore Newman

The Why of Butter Chicken Pizza: Change as a constant in Canadian cuisine

Fri, May 26, 2017
Location TBA
A talk about the search for a true Canadian cuisine by Lenore Newman, author of the newly released book Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey.

Catharine Parr Traill

Catharine Parr Traill

Catharine Parr Traill Book Launch

Sat, June 3, 2017
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St. George St (Toronto)
CHC member Nathalie M. Cooke of McGill University (founding editor of CuiZine: the Journal of Canadian Food Cultures) and Past President Fiona Lucas will speak about their new book Catharine Parr Traill’s Female Emigrant’s Guide, Cooking with a Canadian Classic, with a chance to examine some of the Library’s holdings that relate to pioneer Catharine Parr Traill, her family and her domestic writing.

Canada 150

Cross-Canada Confederation Picnic

Sat, July 1, 2017 (Canada Day!)
Across Canada
CHC invites members and friends across Canada to host a Confederation-theme picnic to celebrate Canada 150 and share their photos and videos via a website created for the purpose.

McIntosh apple

The McIntosh Apple

September 2017
Exact date and location TBA
Esteemed food writer Marion Kane will talk about the McIntosh apple, which appeared as a chance sport on a farm near Dundela, Ontario, and has become one of the world’s  most cultivated fruits. Image (above) by Sue Clark on Flickr: plate xlvii, CC BY-SA 2.0.


Annual General Meeting

Sat, October 21, 2017
Location TBA

Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter

Sat, February 24, 2018
The first edition of an annual celebration:an all-day exploration of Canadian winter comfort foods. The first year will focus on First Nations foodways.

Canada’s Table: Our Celebration of Cookbooks

Sat, October 13, 2018
The first edition of an annual celebration

Also: Events Involving CHC Members

  • Saturday & Sunday, January 28 & 29: Toronto’s Chinese New Year Day Dim Sum—Historical Talk & Tastings, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Toronto). It’s celebration time as we kick off the Year of the Rooster! CHC member Shirley Lum of A Taste of the World hosts this annual food event, complete with history of Toronto’s six Chinatowns, how dim sum evolved in Toronto, and special dim sum and pastry creations for the festivities. Admission: $50, including festive tastings at bakery and grocery stores. Capacity: 11. info@Torontowalksbikes.com.

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