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!  http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/featured-events.htm#colborne

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!  http://www.torontochristmasmarket.com/

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!  http://www.thekingedwardhotel.com/festiveseason

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!   http://veg.ca/component/option,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!  http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/featured-events.htm#mackenzie

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!  http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/featured-events.htm#montgomery

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 http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun 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.  http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/featured-events.htm#scarborough

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.  http://www.mariposacruises.com/cruises-special-events.php

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.  http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/featured-events.htm#fort

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A Beautiful Tree, Gingerbread House, and Market Goodies – The Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery, Part I

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I am SO, SO excited to be sharing these photos with you all!  If there are 3 things you should know about me, they are: 1) Christmas is my favourite holiday, 2) I am an absolute sucker for markets, and 3) The Distillery District is my favourite neighbourhood in Toronto aside from Kensington Market.  I can’t decide which area I love more, I love them both!  My boyfriend Richard and I went to the Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery District on Tuesday and even though we froze our tooshies off, I had SO much fun *prances around the room*. 

There was a gorgeous, GIANT Christmas tree, all the shops were decked out in Christmas greenery, wreaths, and bows, there were signs decorated to look like iced gingerbread cookies, and there was even a life-size gingerbread house to boot!  The market was beautiful with an incredibly charming old-town feel to it, selling everything from toys to tea to meats to baked goods to cakes.  The Distillery District is beautiful and a photographer’s dream at any point in the year, but it looked especially magical with all the market festivities going on.  I only wish I could go at night when everything is lit up, but I’m happy that I got to go during the day because at least I get to show you all everything in daylight!

I have a lot to post tomorrow with more pictures and descriptions of everything foodie-related in the Distillery I could lay my eyes on and get my hands (or mittens!) on for that day.  So for now, I leave you with tons of pictures to get us started!  The Toronto Christmas Market is on until the end of Sunday, so you have plenty of time to still make it down and enjoy everything.  And yes, the gingerbread house is REAL, and yes,  you may go huddle inside and play, and no, you cannot help yourself and start eating the wreath.  Or the doorway.  Or the windowsill.  No, not the roof either.  I know, we’ll all have to exercise self-control.  There, there.

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For more info on locations and directions, go here.  The Distillery District is located south of Front St.E, between Parliament and Cherry St.  The Distillery District is the neighbourhood east of the the St. Lawrence Market.  A huge thank you to my sweetie for the last two photos!