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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18/HMP023 Casual Visitor & Interpretation OfficerMonday 19 November 2018

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Education

Expression of interest: Learning Advisory PanelsFriday 16 November 2018

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Media release

Media release: Street photographyThursday 15 November 2018

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Win a trip to Sydney with Lonely Planet KidsMonday 12 November 2018

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Meroogal

Armistice Day: ‘the bells are ringing’Friday 9 November 2018

In early November 1918, Australians knew that the end of World War I was imminent and that an armistice was about to be signed between Germany and the Allies. After some false reports and premature peace rejoicings, the armistice was finally signed in France at 5am on Monday 11 November and came into effect at 11am Paris time. Reverend Tom Thorburn, Presbyterian minister, described how events unfolded in a letter written a few days later to his sister Tot Thorburn at Meroogal in Nowra.