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Fort York National Historic Site

Events at Fort York

Take part in year-round special events on this 43-acre site. From historic cooking classes for 8 people to huge outdoor concerts for thousands, Fort York offers activities that appeal to everyone.

Don't miss these great events at Fort York. Contact us at 416-392-6907 or fortyork@toronto.ca

Mince Pies - An Historic Cooking Class - November 29

Historic Cooking Classes in the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen - One in a Series

Mince Pies
Sunday, November 29

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Join us in the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen where participants will prepare (and sample!) a variety of delicious 18th and early 19th century dishes during this series.

At this hands-on class, you will learn how to make the pastry and rich filling for these traditional fruit and meat-based pies. Lunch and mince pies to take home are included.

$75 plus tax. Pre-payment required (to cover materials and ingredients).

For class information please call: Bridget Wranich at 416 392-7455
To register, call: 416 392-7484


Frost Fair: Christmas Market Past & Present - December 5 & 6

December 5 & 6, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stroll through the historic 1812 buildings of Fort York, where merchants will be selling their heritage inspired reproductions, regency fashions and holiday greenery. Experience military demonstrations, children's drill workshops, games and crafts. Enjoy heritage cuisine, try on historic costumes and print a Frost Fair souvenir on the Mackenzie House proof press. Visit with the Fort York Volunteer Historic Cooks in the Officer's Mess Kitchen as they prepare late 18th and early 19th century recipes.

In the new Visitor Centre, shop for unique Christmas gifts for friends and family from local artisans and Etsy sellers. Visit a Sugar Plum demonstration and talk by the Culinary Historians of Canada and sample historic negus ice and ginger ice cream. Savour gourmet pretzels, handmade shortbread, heritage chocolate and more. Enjoy dance performances and Christmas carolers all weekend long.

Regular admission applies:
Adults: $7.96 / Seniors (65 +): $4.87 / Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87 / Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (plus tax). Children 5 and under are free.

Vendors in the Visitor Centre:

The Holiday Season at Fort York - Dec. 14 to 31

December 14 to December 31
Mon. to Fri.:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy a visit to Fort York National Historic Site this festive season. Sample some baking from the 1826 Officers' Mess kitchen and soak up the warmth of a crackling wood fire. Be sure to browse the Museum Store to find that special gift you won't find anywhere else. The Museum Store features gifts suitable for all ages and interests. Regular admission applies. Adults: $7.96
Seniors (65 +): $4.87, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (Plus tax).
Children 5 and under are Free

Gingerbread Make and Bake! - Dec. 27 to 31

Extra fun for Kids at Fort York (ages 4 and up)
December 27 to 31 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

When you arrive, sign your child up for a session of gingerbread making in the historic Officers' Mess Kitchen. While you enjoy a tour of Fort York, your kids can join the cooks to create traditional gingerbread cookies. In this hands-on workshop, they will use period cooking utensils and tools to sift flour, crush cinnamon, cloves or allspice, pound sugar and grate nutmeg and ginger as they prepare an 1800's gingerbread recipe. Samples can be taken home - if they last that long! Sometimes parents can take part too! The workshops are limited to 15 participants. Included with regular admission. Adults: $7.96, Seniors (65 +): $4.87, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (plus tax). Children 5 and under are Free.