Upcoming CHC Events

Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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.


Foodways & Fisticuffs, The Larger-than-Life Personalities Who Shaped Quebec Cuisine

Wednesday, May 23 , time & location TBA (Toronto) 
CHC, Culinaria Research Centre UTSC and U of T’s Faculty of Information present a talk by Julian Armstrong and Nathalie Cooke. From world-class restaurants to popular and affordable foodstuffs, food has been an iconic part of Quebec identity across and through cultural, religious and linguistic shifts.

Montreal Gazette food writer Julian Armstrong and culinary historian Nathalie Cooke will talk about a toolkit for cooking with historical recipes and will explore how French-Canadian passion and iconic personalities have shaped Quebec’s distinctive culinary traditions.

Why did tourtière and pouding chômeur spark impassioned brawls? How did Joe Beef’s social advocacy support the working-class community in the 19th century? Why have bagels and smoked meats become de facto Montreal food icons? Why do our latest food trends remind us of bygone days?


Adelaide Hoodless and friends

Saturday, July 28
A day trip from Toronto to explore the roots of the Women’s Institute 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 Institute) and Battlefield House Museum and Park (site of the Georgian-era home of the Gage family). Admission: $85-$95, including tours, lunch, historic food tastings and a chance to shop at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market, founded in 1837.


Canada’s Table: Our Celebration of Cookbooks

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto
The first edition of an annual celebration of cookbooks


Annual General Meeting

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Location TBA

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