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.

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Take 5Thursday 17 May 2018

Flowers from the garden at Elizabeth Farm

Cafes and tearooms

Mother’s Day at Sydney Living MuseumsFriday 11 May 2018

Indulge Mum this Mother’s Day with exciting offers across gift membership, The Governors Kitchen and Vaucluse House Tearooms.Find out more below:Gift membershipGive Mum the gift that...

Entrance to Harry & Penelope Seidler House, Killara NSW

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Penelope Seidler One On One With Stephen Todd: HabitusThursday 10 May 2018

A child of the left wing intelligentsia, Penelope Seidler was never just the wife of one of Australia’s most notable architects. Habitus Living visits her at the home she and Harry designed.