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Indigenous Culinary Experience

Special Event

Date & Time:

September 23, 2023


Hendrie Park (680 Plains Rd W)


Evenings, Food and Drink, Special Event


Ticketed Event

Event Description

Saturday September 23, 6 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Join us for an intimate performance of the Oron’ónhta / Beings of Light in addition to a build your own Indigenous culinary experience, prepared by guest Chef Destiny Moser from Cedar Spoon.

This meal is designed as a build your own buffet experience and includes Salad, Side, Land and Sky Entrée options and Dessert

  • Pre-registration required
  • $125 / person (+ $1 service fee)
  • Registration deadline: September 21
  • Large rib dish from cedar spoon
  • Indigenous dancers performing in a ring of sunflowers
  • Hand prepping a large number of cake and berry desserts for a high-end meal
  • Indigenous dancers performing in a ring of sunflowers
  • Vegetable stew dish from Cedar Spoon

Event Features

Chef Destiny Moser standing in a kitchen

Dinner by Cedar Spoon

Cedar Spoon Indigenous Catering aims to bring awareness to authentic Indigenous Cuisine all that Mother Earth provides us, while celebrating a traditional and regional pantry of ingredients and honouring Canada’s roots from a food perspective.

Indigenous dancers performing in a ring of sunflowers, holding a Skybeings Pot

Performance: Oron’ónhta – Beings of Light

Oron’ónhta (O-lun ‘ un-da) means sunflower in Kanyen’kéha. Smith’s vision for Oron’ónhta  / Beings of Light is to celebrate our kinship to non-human entities, to extend greetings, love and respect to nature, to embody the journey of the sunflower seeds from Skyworld to their home on Turtle Island. Four dancers embody the seed journey which is inspired by the Rotinonhsión:ni – Creation Story. 

Held in Hendrie Park

All performances and enhanced experiences will take place in Hendrie Park, in the grassy area on the Southeast corner of the Rose Garden.

Arrive / park at RBG Centre (680 Plains Road W. Burlington), and enter the building to access Hendrie Park via the tunnel under Plains Road. Staff and volunteers will be present to help point you in the right direction upon arrival.

Map of RBG Centre and Hendrie Park, indicating to arrive at RBG Centre, and the performance location just outside the southwest corner of the Rose Garden

Frequently Asked Questions


Pre-registration is required for this special event, tickets are limited. Deadline for registration is September 21.

Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. General admission discounts and coupons are not applicable to this ticketed event. After a purchase is complete, the tickets are the property of the ticket-holder, and RBG will be unable to accommodate any date or time changes.

Directions and Parking

This event is held in Hendrie Park – please enter through RBG Centre at 680 Plains Road W. Burlington Ontario. Parking is included, available in the large lot at RBG Centre.


The 15- 20 minute performance will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner to follow. Performance length is estimated and may vary based on weather, temperature, and turf conditions (wet, dry, hard, soft).


Garden chairs will be provided for seating, set up on the grass turf.

Photography / Videography

Photography and videography is not permitted during the performance.

Dietary Restrictions

Please indicate any dietary restrictions upon registration. For specific inquiries, get in touch at

Pets and Service Animals

With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted at this event. 

Terms and Conditions

Tickets purchased to special events are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend. Please keep your tickets and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry into the event.

Liability: RBG assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property, or for personal injury or mishap; all activities are at the risk of the participant. 

Filming/Photography Release: Please be advised that all photos, audio-video, and static images taken at this tour may be used for exhibit, reproduction, and/or distribution for RBG related promotional use, including all forms of print, television advertisement, social media and /or website display. In consideration of your participation as a guest or attendee of this event, you authorize Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use such photos and images under their sole discretion. Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns are released without limitation of any claims for libel or invasion of privacy. 

By purchasing tickets and participating in this event on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests. 

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