Mother’s Day Tea: Historic Cooking WorkshopREGION 3: Hamilton, Halton and Brant Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Blvd., Hamilton, ON Dundurn National Historic Site
ABOUT THE EVENT / PROMOTION
No other meal conjures up images of the Victorian era more than Afternoon Tea. During this workshop, you’ll work with Dundurn’s historic cooks to prepare nineteenth-century recipes next to our wood-fired range. Then visit Dundurn’s public rooms to discover tea traditions during the MacNab family’s time, and explore below stairs to find out about the role of the servants in preparing and serving tea for family and guests. The workshop concludes with having a cozy early Afternoon Tea all together by gaslight in the historic kitchen.
Once home to Sir Allan Napier MacNab, railway magnate, lawyer and Premier of the United Canadas (1854-1856) and his family, today Dundurn Castle tells the story of the family who lived above stairs and the servants who lived and worked below stairs to support their affluent lifestyle. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is the museum’s Patron and the great, great, great granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab.
William Reid was Sir Allan’s gardener for over 25 years. Explore the lovingly restored two-acre Historic Kitchen Garden where costumed staff grow over 200 heirloom varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers for use in the historic kitchen. Open mid-May through mid-October. Enjoy free garden tours in July and August.
The 1870’s Coach House is home to The Castle Shop featuring a variety of Canadian handmade crafts, souvenirs and special gifts.