Sumptuous seasonal delights

 

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.

Three women holding bouquets outside house.

Meroogal

Announcing this year's Meroogal Women's Art Prize winnersTuesday 25 September 2018

Meet our three Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2018 winners: Tamara Dean (First Prize), Kim Davies (Second Prize) and Beth Norling (Highly Commended).

Black and white photograph of exterior.

Vaucluse House

Vaucluse House arch works beginFriday 19 October 2018

Essential maintenance work has begun to ensure the longevity of this significant architectural feature of Vaucluse House.

Exhibition cases being worked on.

Exhibition

How exhibitions workTuesday 16 October 2018

Our 3D Design intern, Isabelle Edwards shares insights into the development of How Cities Work, a children’s exhibition opening at Museum of Sydney this December.

 

Three fruit marmaladeThursday 11 October 2018

Looking up at tall glassfronted buildings from below.

Sydney Open

Sydney Open TrailsWednesday 10 October 2018

Get the most from our exciting program with our newly curated trails, shortlisting key buildings not-to-be-missed with your Sydney Open Pass.