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.

CHC President Luisa Giacometti demonstrates WWI cooking

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

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.


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.

Frost Fair

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)

Piragi not Pierogies: A Dumpling Workshop

Sunday, January 28, 2018 (to be confirmed)
Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto
A hands-on workshop led by CHC member Inese Grave-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.

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
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. Tickets will soon be available online.

Tea with John A. and Lady Agnes Macdonald

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Campbell House Museum, Toronto
In honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation (but postponed from 2017), CHC presents tea with John A. and Lady Agnes Macdonald . Historical interpreter and retired history teacher Brian Porter will discuss the background of this notorious Canadian figure; his wife Renee Porter will portray Lady Agnes. The presentation will be followed by a delicious, historically appropriate tea.

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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