Autumn Harvest returns to Rouse Hill House & Farm in 2017


The hugely popular Autumn Harvest returns to Rouse Hill House & Farm exploring themes of food waste and food as medicine.

Come and enjoy Autumn amongst the beautiful, rustic, 19th century setting of Rouse Hill House & Farm at Autumn Harvest on Sunday 28 May with a full day of talks, demonstrations, tours, activities and stalls all based on the themes of how to tackle food waste through sustainable food practices and exploring the health giving properties of food.



The talks program hosted by food writer, Barbara Sweeney, will begin with Sydney Living Museums’ curator, Scott Hill and colonial gastronomer, Jacqui Newling offering an introduction to Rouse Hill House & Farm, its food heritage, stories of famous hunt lunches, Nina Rouse’s beef tea recipe and the family’s interest in homeopathies.

Kitchen Thrift: Join Ankit Chopra of Eat Me Chutneys to hear about their socially enterprising mission to re-purpose rescued produce to create ethical and sustainable chutneys that are good for our planet and its people.

Old meets new in the Comforts and Cures talk where Jacqui Newling will offer insights into 19th century cookbooks which often contained sections dedicated to invalid cookery. Jacqui will be joined by Anthia Kallourous from Ovvio Organics, who will offer a modern day perspective on medicinal food.


Reducing Kitchen Waste - Watch and learn how to become a waste warrior in the kitchen as Cornersmith teach some basic food saving techniques and creative solutions to use up those last scraps in the fridge.

Bones and All - Slow Food Sydney will demonstrate the art of making a superb bone broth and explore its healthy properties.

Wormticklers Nursery will show how worm farms work, composting and its benefits.

Tours & Activities

Join ‘hentrepreneur’ Dave Ingham at the Rouse Hill chicken coop as he shows how easy it is to care for backyard chickens and enjoy your own fresh free range eggs! The kids can enjoy a range of chicken themed activities; search for heritage breed chooks in a fun chicken game and chicken colouring in for the little ones as well as meeting the Rouse Hill House and Farm cows and horses with farmer Lawrence. Take a peek inside the historic Rouse Hill House with its rich interiors and collection of treasures and explore the property’s fascinating outbuildings including dairy, piggery and old stables.


Visitors to Autumn Harvest will be able to select from a delicious array of food from specialty and gourmet food to bush honey, Milla cordials, Brasserie Bread, Pepe Saya butter, handcrafted cheese, pickles, preserves and condiments, olive oils and vinegars. Ready to eat food will include traditional English pies, farmhouse toasties, heritage recipe bullboar sausages and who could go past the renowned Country Women’s Association Devonshire tea.

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Emma Heath
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