02/10/2015 03:22 EST | Updated 04/12/2015 05:59 EDT

Citrus lovers can take part in workshops, tastings in Mad for Marmalade event

TORONTO - Lovers of oranges and lemons can learn how to make everything from preserves to the refreshing drink limoncello at a series of workshops celebrating marmalade and all things citrus.

Mad for Marmalade, set for Saturday, Feb. 21, is being organized by the Canadian Historians of Canada and held at Fort York National Historic Site.

The event, the eighth annual, will have an Italian flavour.

Gino Marchetti, executive chef of Toronto's Ristorante Boccaccio, will show how lemon, alcohol, water and sugar creates the delectable liqueur limoncello.

Joanne Girimonte of Meaty Meats will demonstrate her grandmother's pollo al mattone, or chicken cooked under bricks.

If you think fruitcake is only from Great Britain, cookbook author Elizabeth Baird, also a volunteer historic cook at the fort, will show how Italian panpepato is the ultimate year-round treat, chock full of almonds, walnuts, honey, wine, golden raisins, candied fruit, chocolate, pepper, sweet spices and lots of fresh orange peel.

Professional home economist and food writer Emily Richards shares her family recipe for crostata di marmellata, a traditional jam tart with a simple crust.

There will also be workshops featuring Italian marmalade, Italian ice cream with lemon and orange, and citrus biscotti.

As well, those who fancy themselves champion marmalade makers or bakers using marmalade can take part in a competition.

Speakers are Fina Scroppo, author of "The Healthy Italian," and Loretta Gatto-White, co-editor of the anthology "Italian Canadians at Table: A Narrative Feast in Five Courses."

Tickets are $50 plus HST and include a tour of Fort York. For information call 416-392-7503.