Holiday Baking, Christmas Markets, and Cooking Demos – A Sneak Peek at the December Food Calendar!

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A sneak peek at the delightfully delicious December Food Calendar!

Christmas at the Park in Colborne Lodge – November 24-January 6; Tuesdays to Sundays from 12pm-4pm (closed on Mondays, December 25, 26, and January 1).  South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive.  Adults $7.08, Seniors $4.42 Youths $3.81, Children $4.42 (plus tax).  Celebrate the magical season of winter in the beautiful, natural setting of High Park with a tour of Victorian home, Colborne Lodge, where you’ll enjoy decorations, traditions, and food from 19th century Toronto including hot mulled cider and holiday treats!

Toronto Christmas Market at The Historic Distillery District – November 30-December 16.  FREE; cost of food and drink on-site.  The sparkling, wintry outdoor market is back at the Distillery District for its 3rd holiday season!  Presented by Lowe’s, the Christmas Market infuses old-town holiday charm with European street market appeal with everything from twinkly night light displays to street vendors selling teas, coffees, European meats, hot food, baked goods, and food gift baskets, to the market’s iconic giant Christmas tree!

Traditional Nutcracker Afternoon Tea at King Edward Hotel, November 30-December 31.  Friday-Sunday, 2:30pm-5pm seatings.  37 King Street East.  $39 +tax/person.  Delight the senses this holiday season at the King Edward Hotel’s special festive nutcracker afternoon tea service!  Bursting with holiday treats, the afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, pastries, sweets, and scones in a beautiful festive dining palace!

80/10/10 Meet & Greet Potluck – Toronto Vegetarian Association, December 1.  6pm.  4 Kinsdale Blvd., Apt 303.  FREE; bring a raw fruit or vegetable (plant-based) potluck dish (no animal products and no cooked food).  Meet fellow raw foodists and vegetarians and enjoy a fantastic potluck dinner inspired by the 80/10/10 diet!  So, what is the 80/10/10?  Pioneered by Dr. Doug Graham, the 80/10/10 diet is a low-fat, plant-based diet devoted to raw food (predominantly fresh and uncooked fruits and vegetables) composed of a minimum of 80% carbohydrates, a maximum of 10% fat and a maximum of 10% protein.  Come to the potluck, bring a dish, and gain a wealth of knowledge and support from fellow 80/10/10’ers and those who are trying it out for the first time in and around the city!,com_jcalpro/Itemid,150/extmode,view/extid,10877/

Christmas Baking Workshop at the Mackenzie House, December 1.  9am-11:30am.  82 Bond Street.  $20 +tax/person.  Pre-registration and pre-payment required; call 416 392-6915 to book.  As part of Toronto’s historic sites cultural program, the Mackenzie House hosts a delicious Christmas treats baking workshop where participants will get to make homemade Victorian Christmas pudding, candy, and cookies in the historic kitchen!

Gingerbread House Workshop at Montgomery’s Inn, December 1 and 2.  11am (December 1 only), 1pm, or 3pm.  4709 Dundas Street West at Islington Ave.  $30 +tax/gingerbread house.  Pre-registration required; call 416-394-8113.  Make gingerbread house making a family event at Montgomery’s Inn as you piece together your sweet dream house with all the tools, candies, and sweet treats you can stomach!

Holiday Baking Bonanza for Children at Scarborough Museum, December 1 and 2.  1pm-4pm.  1007 Brimley Road, just north of Lawrence Ave. in Thomson Memorial Park.  20 +tax/person, for children ages 5-12.  Pre-register online at or call 416-338-4FUN.  The holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without a massive dose of fun baking!  Children will have the chance to bake some delicious holiday treats in the woodstove and the hearth, as well as take home a special recipe booklet along with their fresh baked goods.

Mariposa’s Holiday Dinner Cruise, December 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15.  6:30pm-10:30pm.  6:30pm boarding time.  207 Queens Quay West at the Queens Quay Terminal.  $72.95 +fees and taxes.  Celebrate the holiday season in culinary style at one of Mariposa’s holiday dinner cruises on Toronto’s harbour!  Menu items include shrimp and scallop pasta, roast turkey, prime rib of beef, winter root vegetables, Mediterranean dips and breads, and so much more!  Enjoy a festive evening and a grand winter wonderland buffet dinner on a beautifully decorated cruise ship.

Christmas Mince Pies at Fort York National Historic Site, December 2.  11am-3pm.  250 Fort York Boulevard.  $40 +tax/person; to pre-register call 416-392-6907 ext. 225.  Enjoy an historic cooking class during the festive holiday season!  Learn how to make traditional mincemeat pies using tools and recipes from the historic mess kitchen, savour lunch on the premises while you’re at it, and take home recipes and the delicious pies that you make afterward.

James Oseland – Saveur: The Way We Cook at The Cookbook Store, December 4.  5:30pm.  850 Yonge Street at Yorkville Ave.  FREE.  We’ve read the magazines from cover to cover and we’ve drooled over the luscious photography; James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine, is this year’s Gastronomic Writer in Residence Stratford Chef School and he’ll be in town at The Cookbook Store for an engaging and delicious talk, Q&A and book signing! Find out more about the Stratford Residence program here:

Dessert by Lamplight at Scarborough Museum, December 8.  6:30pm-9pm.  1007 Brimley Road, just north of Lawrence Ave. in Thomson Memorial Park.  $20/person; pre-registration only.  Call 416-338-8807 to purchase tickets.  Bask in the magic of the winter and holiday season in historic candlelit rooms housing decadent desserts and plenty of carolers and music!

Jennifer Low – Everyday Kitchen for Kids at The Cookbook Store, December 8.  2pm.  850 Yonge Street at Yorkville Ave in the Kitchen Studio adjacent to The Cookbook Store.  FREE.  Please register for this event to book your spot; call 416-920-6225.  Enjoy an afternoon with your kids or your friends (or both!) with author Jennifer Low at the Kitchen Studio!  Loved by adults and children alike, her book Everyday Kitchen for Kids allows readers to master fun cooking and baking techniques like making pizza dough and cinnamon buns!

Rebellious Women: Teaspoons Raised at Gibson House, December 9.  1pm-3pm.  5172 Yonge Street just north of North York Centre subway station.  $27.50 +tax/person.  Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Call 416-395-7432 to register.  Mix history, politics, and tea at this historic reenactment of the 1837 Rebellion through the perspective and eyes of three women from this period.  Enjoy a Scottish tea as you transport yourself back to 1851 in the historic rooms in the Gibson farmhouse.

Holiday Treats From the Past at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, December 15.  1pm-4pm.  67 Pottery Road, at the bottom of Pottery Road, east of the Bayview Extension, and west of Broadview Avenue.  $20 +tax for adults, $15 for children 8+.  Pre-registration is required, call 416-396-2819 to book.  As part of the Cast Iron Chef Historic Cooking Workshop Series, this special holiday workshop is devoted to all things sweet and spice in the comforts of a historic Regency cottage.  Use 19th century recipes to prepare a number of delicious treats!

Christmas Bazaar at Rawlicious Bloor West, December 17.  10am-2pm.  2122 Bloor Street West.  FREE; cost of food, drink and/or merchandise at the event (but a monetary donation and/or a food bank donation would be very much appreciated!).  It’s never too late for holiday and Christmas shopping!  Just in time for Christmas and in the thick of the holiday season, Rawlicious on Bloor West will be hosting a Christmas Bazaar with a number of local raw and vegan companies selling their wares and spreading the holiday spirit!  Enjoy some great food, pick up a gift or two, and support local vendors and businesses.

Toronto Vegetarian Association Dinner Social Group, December 20.  7pm-9pm.  Vegetarian Haven (17 Baldwin Street).  Cost of food.  Enjoy delicious vegetarian food and great conversation and discussion with foodies, vegetarians, non-vegetarians, and TVA members!  All are welcome.  Please RSVP by the Wednesday before each event at: or by phone: 416-544-9800. Seating is limited.,com_jcalpro/Itemid,150/extmode,view/extid,10866/

Christmas Cookie Creation for Children at Colborne Lodge, December 23.  9:30am-11:30am.  South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive.  $22.50 plus tax (includes supplies and a dozen cookies to bring home).  For children ages 8-12.  Feel the wonder and splendour of historic Victorian Toronto as the kids bake holiday cookies using a gingerbread recipe dating back to 1830!  Children will also have the opportunity to learn about old holiday and Christmas traditions and hear stories while their fresh cookies are baking in the historic kitchen!

Gingerbread Make and Bake at Fort York National Historic Site, December 27-31.  11am-2pm.  250 Fort York Boulevard.  Included with regular admission: Adults: $7.96, Seniors (65 +): $3.81, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76, Children 5 and under are FREE, but please note the event is limited to children 4 and up.  Children will have the opportunity to make fresh gingerbread cookies using historic period tools, crushing and grating spices, sifting flour, and mixing cookie dough.

Hogmanay! at Mackenzie House, December 28.  7pm-9pm.  82 Bond Street.  $22.50 +tax/person.  Pre-registration and pre-payment are required; call 416-392-6915.  Celebrate the upcoming new year, Scottish style, with traditional festivities, music, and food!

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