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Chopped, Pioneer Style!

Posted on Monday July 06, 2015

Five chefs, a basket of set ingredients each, a bake-off for the best dessert, and Pickering Museum Village takes the television show to a unique level.

It’s “Chopped”, with a heritage twist. You’ve seen the famous culinary television show, in its second season in Canada. Now come and see PMV’s take off! Five teams will vie for the blue ribbon from a panel of judges on Saturday, July 11. Even better, visitors get to sample the results.

Helena Turner, Volunteer Leader of Vintage Victuals, the museum’s heritage cookery club, was inspired by the show “Chopped” when she proposed the concept for this year’s Blue Ribbon Baking History in Action Saturday. There will be teams of three in the museum’s heritage kitchens, the 1830s Log House, the 1850s Brougham Temperance House, and the 1870s Miller-Cole House. Turner has selected ingredients that would have been available to each of the households, and the teams will have to come up with a dessert appropriate to their time period, and bake it in an open hearth or woodstove. “The Vintage Victuals are so excited! They’ve been poring over recipe books to get ready for the competition,” says Turner.

Just like the show, a panel of judges will decide the winner, and will award a blue ribbon at the end of the day. And the reward to visitors who attend Blue Ribbon Baking from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm? They get to sample their way through the pioneer village. Who said history was boring?!

Pickering Museum Village brings history to life every Saturday with a different theme. Regular admission fees apply. To find out more about the experiences PMV has to offer, call Mandy Smiles, Event & Volunteer Programmer at 905.420.4620 ext. 3715, visit the website at pickering.ca/museum, or follow PMV @pickeringmuse on Facebook or Twitter.

Pickering Museum Village is Durham Region’s largest living history sites, located at 2365 Concession Rd. 6 in the village of Greenwood. The closest intersection is Westney Road and Highway 7. Drop by and experience the award-winning talents of a creative team of staff and volunteers who work to make every visit a magical history tour!


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Media Contact:
Mandy Smiles
Event & Volunteer Programmer l Pickering Museum Village
905.420.4660 ext. 3715
1.866.683.2760 | TTY 905.420.1739