The arrival of spring heralds the return of two popular food-related festivals, as well as two exclusive events in our Colonial Gastronomy series.

In September, The Mint again hosts the annual Food & Words festival with Barbara Sweeney and a brilliant line-up of food writers, chefs and producers.

The Spring Harvest Festival also returns to the beautiful grounds of Elizabeth Farm with a market of carefully selected artisan food producers, accompanied by a fascinating talks program, hands-on activities and food demonstrations. Visitors can explore colonial recipes, ingredients, preparation methods and eating habits, as well as the rich culinary history of Elizabeth Farm.

In October, we re-create a sumptuous Regency-style breakfast at Elizabeth Bay House, based on an 1812 menu, with an ‘upstairs, downstairs’ twist. Participants prepare food in the cellar kitchen, or help set the formal breakfast table according to the fashion of the day. They’ll then sample the fruits of their labour and enjoy a rare opportunity to dine in the Macleay family’s formal dining room – and let the servants take care of the washing-up!

A seasonal favourite, the Christmas Puddings workshop, returns in November. Participants will join Colonial Gastronomer Jacqui Newling in the colonial kitchen at Vaucluse House to prepare Mrs Beeton’s Christmas pudding recipe from 1861, and take home their own individual-sized pudding in a traditional pudding bowl.

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Membership

Summer Membership Offer Friday 6 December 2019

This summer, we're excited to offer a 20% saving on our Member + One membership, giving you year-long access to discover Sydney’s story across our 12 historic houses and museums.

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School holidays

Summer School Holidays 2019/20: opening hoursFriday 6 December 2019

To make the most of these holidays we’ve extended our trading hours, with many of our properties now opening for the entire school holiday period.

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Employment

20/SE025 Producer, Public ProgramsMonday 13 January 2020

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Employment

20/SE020 Coordinator, Public ProgramsMonday 13 January 2020