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At the door, the Marquee de Maison Fort (played by re-enactor Joe Moroze) greets people entering the Bigot Theatre at the Fortress of Louisbourg on Sunday for the Taste of History event. It was the second year for the event which features four important dates in Canadian history, picks popular food from those times and gives a quick overview of what happened during that year before each course. – Nikki Sullivan Taste of History event highlights food from the past and important dates

LOUISBOURG, N.S. — Lettuce salad with lily flower petals, salmon loaf and corn bread were served with a slice of history at Sunday’s Taste of History at the Fortress of Louisbourg.

It was the second year for the event where a sample menu is created based on popular food from four dates which hold historical significance for Canada.

The years chosen for the 2018 event were: 1758, the end of the second siege of the Fortress of Louisbourg, 1868, Laura Secord’s death, 1918, women win the right to vote and the end of the World War 1, and 1968, Trudeaumania and the quest for a just society. In the back on the left is Marquee de Maison Fort (played by re-enactor Joe Moroze) who is telling the Kalaboukis family about the ingredients in the lettuce salad they are eating. The Kalaboukis family are from Toronto. Front left is Voula Kalaboukis, front middle is Ted Kalaboukis, and front left is Yanni Kalaboukis. Behind Yanni, not visible, is his brother, Antonio Kalaboukis. The food is served after a quick history lesson about the year. Mi’kmaq, Fortress of Louisbourg and Canadian history were all mixed in the lessons, giving a glimpse of life at the time from all angles.

Hosted by Marquee de Maison Fort (played by re-enactor Joe Moroze) and Jeanne mas d’Entremont (played by re-enactor Barbara Landry) the history lessons before each course were done in English and French.

“I loved that they did that. You learn different history from a different time era … Usually you’re familiar with some of the history, but not all of it,” said Voula Kalaboukis, from Toronto, who was there with her husband and two teenage sons.

At the end of the event, Kalaboukis remarked how long the Mi’kmaq and other First Nations in Canada were mistreated and repressed. Highlighted in the history lessons were: how the movement to give women the right to vote didn’t include First Nation women, who didn’t get the right to vote until 1960, how roughly 4,000 indigenous Canadians fought in World War 1 but didn’t get the same benefits as other war vets and how Indigenous women didn’t get full status until 1985.

The food featured produce from the fortress and was aimed to recipes from the time period. For 1758, a lettuce salad with edible flowers in an oil and vinegar dressing was served, representing how homeowners in Louisbourg at the time grew their own produce for the health benefits. A vegetable soup was featured for 1868, for similar reasons.

A salmon loaf, nicknamed goldfish loaf by soldiers during World War 1 because of their dislike of it, was picked for 1918, along with corn bread in “honour of housewives who were asked to cut back on flour during the Great War.” For dessert, an upside-down pineapple cake was chosen, because of its popularity during 1968 and the rise in a love for exotic fruits at the time. Salmon loaf and corn bread were the third course at the Taste of History. The corn bread was in honour of housewives who were asked to find replacements for flour during WW1 […]

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