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.
Bloggers need not contribute every month to be considered. To enter, simply publish a blog entry on the given month’s topic and post it on the CHC Facebook page.
Annual General Meeting
Saturday, October 21, 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Ralph Thornton Centre (765 Queen St. E.), Toronto
Please note: Memberships expire on the date of the AGM!
New members are welcome at the AGM; however, only members in good standing are eligible to vote. Renew on this site or at the door.
At this year’s AGM, we’ll be revisiting April’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. Board members Luisa Giacometti, Carolyn Crawford, Samantha George and Sherry Murphy will offer a mini-version of their presentations on WWI and WWII trench cooking and food on the home front, which intrigued thousands of eager students at the Vimy event in France.
Canada 150 Tea with John A. and Lady Agnes Macdonald
Saturday, November 4, 2 to 4 p.m.
Ralph Thornton Centre (765 Queen St E, Toronto)
Who was John A. Macdonald? At this Canada 150 culinary history event presented by the Culinary Historians of Canada, we step back to 1887, the 20th anniversary of Confederation, as “Sir John A. Macdonald” (Brian Porter) looks back at the formation of this new nation in 1867 and the notable achievements of its first 20 years, accompanied by “Lady Agnes” (Renee Porter), both resplendent in their 1880s finery.
From time to time, Brian will step out of character and speak to some of the controversy that has arisen around this man in the 150 years since Confederation, discussing Macdonald and his critical role in the founding of Canada, using quotations from some of his contemporaries and his own commentary. An 1867-period tea follows.
Brian and Renee Porter have been portraying Sir John A. and Lady Agnes Macdonald at events all over Ontario for 16 years. They have volunteered at the Brockville Museum for more than 20 years and participate in traditional English, Scottish and Irish dance.
Admission: $55 ($45 for CHC members, students & seniors). Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Friday & Saturday, November 10 & 11, times TBA
Remembrance Day presentations 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 will sponsor two Heritage categories in the Fair’s Jams, Jellies and Pickling Competition.
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.
Saturday, December 9, 10 am to 5 pm
Fort York National Historic Site
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)
Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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.
Come together with other food enthusiasts to explore how different cultures historically survived the winter. This year we will explore the culinary story of the Indigenous, French, Métis, and English through talks, tastings and demonstrations. We will also be hosting a baking and preserving competition, which includes our annual marmalade competition.
Admission: $65 + HST until February 9; $75 + HST afterwards, including refreshments and lunch. Pre-registration is required at 416-392-7484.
Canada’s Table: Our Celebration of Cookbooks
Saturday, October 13, 2018
The first edition of an annual celebration of cookbooks