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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Exterior of cafe with seating and planter boxes.

Museum of Sydney

Thank you to our Governors Kitchen patrons for their supportSaturday 4 August 2018

The Governors Kitchen cafe will be closed for ongoing renovations from Friday 3 August. Throughout August, visitors can enjoy coffee, cold beverages and light refreshments from the coffee cart located on the museum forecourt.

Interior of tearooms with table set for high tea.

Vaucluse House

Vaucluse House Tearooms has one of best high teas in SydneyFriday 3 August 2018

The Tearooms at Vaucluse House have come in at number 3 on a list of the best high teas in Sydney, according to TimeOut.

Bronze sculptures of birds installed on the roof of museum.

Museum of Sydney

Tracey Emin’s handmade bronze birds: have you spotted them?Wednesday 1 August 2018

See this dreamy City of Sydney video of Tracey Emin’s 'The Distance of Your Heart' installation of bronze birds around Sydney, including at Museum of Sydney.

Plate of stew with fork and spoon.

SLM Food

ABC News: What did Sydney's early settlers eat?Monday 30 July 2018

Long before cultural diversity gifted Sydney its vibrant and accessible foodscape, colonial settlers were reliant on stews, native spinach and even imported ice to keep their meals exciting.