May 22, 2022

Cedar Tea and Wellness

Indigenous Food Workshop


Come learn the benefits of drinking cedar tea!

Cedar tea and honey

Photo by Candace Esquimaux



Sample delicious Indigenous food and learn the history and traditions and recipes in our Indigenous Food Workshops. Harbourfront Centre’s kitchens come to life with workshops for children that target different age groups, allowing for hands-on learning and storytelling in a fun and creative learning space: the kitchen! Plus, food vendors will sell scrumptious traditional and unique Indigenous meals. Indigenous-led and curated by 50/50 Performing Arts Collective. 

Join Chef Candace Esquimaux to learn how to make cedar tea as she shares the many benefits of drinking cedar tea and her wellness journey.  

Note: Women on their moon time (menstruation) can participate in watching the demonstration but cannot drink the tea due to them being in ceremony. Chef Candace will share more on this in the workshop. 

Skitaam Naangwaa biboong, Gijibitaan Anishnaabe Miijim, minwaa gaabesikaak, minwaa waashi digoongeng. Jiigbiikgaamig Jiibaakwegaamigoong aapje Maadsiimgad kinoomaadjigaaswaa binoojiinek noonz ensaaboongisjik, Wiinaankiiwad minwaa wiinoonmoowad debaajimoowiinaan, bekish minindaagesiiwad maampii enjishing gamigoong, Jiibaakwegaamgoong. Jaabaakwejig daa daawiinaa aapje Menpwagoog, maandaasikweok Waamiijing. Anishnaabek Niigaansiikdaanaawaa minwaa aaptaa nemdaabjik Performing Arts Collective. 

Á:se ne ki’ tsyohserà:te ! Ahsate’nyén:ton Onkwewehnéha na’kakhó:ten’s, táhnon aesewaweyentéhta’ne ayekhón:ni nok ó:ni tsi nityawé:non tsi nihotirihò:ten ne Onkwehón:we. Tsi yekhonya’táhkwa ne Harbourfront Centre, nya’teyorì:wake enwaterihwahtén:ti, ne nya’tehotí:yen’s ne ratiksa’okón:’a  ehonnon’wéhswen, tsi ní:yoht ne ayekaratónnyon, táhnon othé:nen ayekhón:ni tsi yekhonnya’táhkwa. Né:’e ó:ni enwá:ton ayehní:non nya’teyawekon’onhtsherò:ten na’kakhò:ten’s. Onkwehón:we ratihén:te táhnon 50/50 Performing Arts Collective enhatika’én:yon. 

About Chef Candace Esquimaux

“Aanii, my name is Nawatiin Kwe meaning Calm Water Woman, and I am First Nations from Manitoulin Island. I am an Indigenous entrepreneur who has worked in the Indigenous community as a frontline worker over the last fifteen years. Candance’s Catering was born out of a lifelong passion for food and has become another way to serve my community. I have catered for work events, ceremonies and community events throughout Toronto.  

Wellness plays a vital role in my life, and I wanted to share this knowledge with others. With this, I began offering Cedar Tea Kits to help others on their journey to wellness. I desire is to make this beautiful medicine more accessible to all in the community and provide wellness for people that need of detoxification, nourishment and immune support. 

My dream is to travel North America and beyond to build relationships with communities, gain knowledge about food, plants and medicines and share these stories with the world. I am excited to share my journey with you as Candace’s Catering evolves and grows. I am so grateful for your support, Miigwetch (thank you)!” – Words of Candace Esquimaux

About 50/50 Performing Arts Collective

50/50 Performing Arts Collective (represented by Cynthia Lickers-Sage and Candace Scott-Moore for this project) is an Indigenous-led organization headed by some of the most significant producers, presenters and creators from across Canada. They bring 40+ years of working in the festival circuit, both in organization and implementation. Activities range from the Tkaronto Music Festival (including the TKMF Festival and TKMF Presents series) to independent works contracted under the 50/50 brand. Their mission is to be a catalyst that elevates Indigenous performing arts and culture to the main stage. 

Dates & Times

May 22
11:30am – 12:30pm
1:30pm – 2:30pm
3:30pm – 4:30pm


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