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Fun Days at Fort York

News & Events | Written on February 10, 2016

Liberty Village, it’s time to get out your calendars, there’s a whole lot of fun heading our way and you’ll certainly want to save the dates. It’s been a busy winter season so far at Fort York and there’s no signs of that slowing down in the coming weeks. First up: Family Day.

The Fort York National Historic Site invites you to enjoy a fun (and educational) Family Day on their grounds on Monday, February 15th. From 11am to 4:00pm, the historical site will be open to the public for tours that involve a trip to Fort York in the 19th century. And of course, they wouldn’t invite you to explore their grounds and kitchens without also offering you the opportunity to sample delicious baked goods, created fresh on their hearth.

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Family Day at Fort York is just that, a day for families to enjoy all that Fort York has to offer. On February 15th, children who visit the grounds can experience a drill class from the 1800s, officers’ sword drills, games from yesteryears and, they’ll be able to top off their experience with a fun-filled activity book. All participants in Family Day tours at Fort York are also invited to relax fireside and enjoy hot chocolate.

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Photo by Drew Hays

The prices of entry for this day of family fun at Fort York are: Adults: $9.00, Seniors (65+): $5.50, Youth (13–18 yrs.): $5.50, Children (6–12 yrs.): $4.25 and Children (5 and under): free.

Liberty Village, this is a wonderful opportunity to spend this Family Day enjoying a great, social activity in our area. For more information about Family Day at Fort York, visit their website here.

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Fresh off a fun-filled Family Day on Monday, Fort York will be trading hot chocolate for another sweet treat—marmalade! On Saturday, February 20th from 10am to 4:00pm, The Fort York National Historic Site hosts, “Mad for Marmalade, Crazy for Citrus!” This delicious event includes a series of workshops that allow participants to explore the flavours of citrus in a Persian kitchen.

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Photo by Foreign Feasts

There will be a total of eight workshops, each offering a different, delectable experience:

Workshop One: Participants will be treated to a cooking class led by guest speaker, chef and cookbook writer, Ariana Bundy, who will prepare Persian jewelled rice with candied orange peel with rose and citrus scented fish. There’s only one way to describe this workshop: YUM!

Workshop Two: Sour cherries are an oft included ingredient in Persian dishes. Participants in this workshop will be treated to a lesson on some delicious dishes that feature sour cherries by chefs from the renowned Banu Iranian Restaurant, located in Toronto.

Workshop Three: Deliciousness flows over into Workshop Three as award-winning food memoir blog writer of The Spice Spoon, Shayma Saadat, teaches participants how to prepare a rose ring cake.

Workshop Four: Spices are a well-known part of Persian cuisine. For this workshop, Neema Lakhani, owner of Celestial Delights, teaches participants different ways to mix spices and infuse oils to elevate home-cooked meals.

Workshop Five: Author, cooking teacher and caterer, Han Main, teaches guests of this workshop how to make a traditional Persian pound cake with a lemon-orange glaze. Simply delicious!

Workshop Six: Learn how to add this favourite to your Persian breakfasts at home! Elizabeth Baird leads this workshop that teaches participants how to make a Persian fruit preserve using Seville oranges.

Workshop Seven: This workshop includes a trip back in time for a lesson in making meatballs, using a recipe from the 1300’s! This session will be led by Mya Sangster and the historic cooks at Fort York, and it will take place in the 1826 Officers’ Mess Kitchen.

Workshop Eight: It’s time for a drink! This final workshop includes a lesson on making a delicious sherbet, following a recipe from 1769. It will take place in the Officers’ Mess Servants Kitchen and will be hosted by Fort York Historic Foodways Program Officers, Melissa Beynon and Bridget Wranch.

Liberty Village, if you’re looking for a few fun activities to enjoy in the coming days and weeks, you don’t have to look far. There are some great events happening at Fort York and they offer entertainment (and education) for you, your friends and your family. For more information about The Fort York National Historic Site or their upcoming events, visit their website here.


Written by L. D. Moore