Enjoy Christmas the way it was celebrated at Ireland House – a long time ago.

REVISED November 27, 2012

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  November 26, 2012    There has been a whiff of winter; there was a sprinkling of snow and there are Christmas decorations on many if not most of the houses on my street.

Christmas is the marketing event of the year for the commercial sector and a time for families to gather and be families.  It is also the celebration of the most significant event on the Christian calendar.

The kids are out of school and parents will be looking for places to take them and things to do.  Ireland House, one of the well run parts of Museums Burlington, runs interesting events that have a uniqueness one doesn’t see within the commercial sector.

Food prepared and served the way it was at Ireland House – a long time ago.

December  7th there is a very quaint and close to intimate Christmas food sampling event at Ireland House.   If you’re looking to keep your holiday spirit intact throughout the busy month of December, this is a very festive evening.

Period music, period costumes during an Ireland House Christmas food sampling.

A licensed event, with traditional Christmas food samplings and beverage tastings from the Ireland family will be  offered inside the historic Ireland House.

During the three hour experience you will  sample a range of foods such as Figgy pudding, potato croquettes, cayenne cheese wafers, Jubilees and parsnip and apple soup and also festive beverages such as mulled wine, hot toddies and traditional wassail, all prepared using historic Ireland House recipes.  This isn’t a intimate sit down dinner but rather an occasion to stroll from table to table to table sampling different foods.  The intimate part is the candlelight setting and the music.

There will be musical entertainment, a “Chef of Christmas Past” giving presentations at set intervals, Christmas Fire Cracker making, and a take-away.

You will dine by candle light with a roaring fire and end enjoy live entertainment by Pearls of Time—costumed historic performers.

This is designed to be a fun, celebratory evening; an occasion to sample various holiday foods made from historic recipes aided by festive beverages – mulled wine, hot toddies and traditional wassail! There will be heritage musicians, special presentations, holiday activities and a take-away.

An Ireland House Christmas food sampling, held in a quaint, almost intimate setting and enjoyed under candle lights.

Tickets available in advance: $20/person (there are only 125 tickets available!)  Not recommended for children under the age of 12.  Friday December 7th, 6 to 9 pm.

For further information on these holiday events, please contact: Sylvia Hentz, Special Events Programmer: 905-332-9888 – hentzs@burlington.ca   Ireland House is located at  – 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON L7P 5A8

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