For one day only, you can browse, taste and shop from a handpicked selection of products, from pickles, jams and relishes, to teas, cordials and ciders, along with cured meats, cultured butter, artisan cheeses and more.
Meet the producers and discover the story behind your food. All have a strong commitment to handcrafted or locally grown and made foods, embracing sustainable practices and reviving traditional preparation and preservation methods.
Throughout the day learn about Rouse Hill House and Farm’s fascinating culinary heritage, hear some insightful discussion on the topical issue of food waste, and learn how food has long been used as a way to comfort and cure ailments, with a series of fascinating talks led by food writer Barbara Sweeney and featuring experts including our colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling and curator Scott Hill, joined by Anthia Koullouros of Ovvio Organics and Jaya Chopra of Eat Me Chutneys.
Come and watch the free food demonstrations and gains some tips from waste warriors Cornersmith on reducing your kitchen waste and making bone broths with Angie Sceats of Slow Food Sydney.
Take a peek inside the historic convict built house or discover the property’s outbuildings on our free family-friendly tours and workshops. Meet some of the farm animals – feed the cows in the paddock with farmer Lawrence or learn how easy it is to keep your own backyard chooks with chicken expert Dave Ingham from Dave’s Rent-a-Chook.
Explore the property and hear the stories that reveal the life of the estate over 160 years. There will be house viewings and tours of the outbuildings throughout the day, plus some fun chicken-themed kids activities and the chance to meet the Rouse Hill Cows. For further information and times, please visit the Event Program.
Pack a picnic rug and enjoy the picturesque setting with a delicious spread from our ready-to-eat food vendors, including Feather and Bone’s heritage bullboar sausages, Baxter and Bird’s farmhouse toasties, traditional English pies by Broomfield Pie Co., CWA Castle Hill’s scones, and coffee by local enterprise Young Brothers Coffee Co.
Free parking is available on site, via Guntawong Road. Accessible parking is also available at the Visitors' Centre. Or hop on the free vintage shuttle bus operating between Riverstone Station and Rouse Hill House & Farm, thanks to Sydney Bus Museums.
The single shuttle will operate a continual service from Riverstone Station to Rouse Hill House & Farm (approximately 15 minutes each way). The first bus leaves Riverstone Station at 8.55am and the last bus will leave Rouse Hill House & Farm at 3.10pm.
Please note: This is a rural property with uneven terrain. Please wear enclosed shoes suitable for walking across a farm property. The event will run in most weather conditions – please consider bringing sunscreen, hats and wet weather gear. Occasionally events are cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or other situations which may affect the safety of our guests, in these circumstances we provide cancellation notifications through our social channels and on our website.
With the exception of special service dogs (i.e. guide dogs), no pets are allowed on site at Rouse Hill House and Farm.
Reducing your kitchen waste
At Cornersmith we are committed to reducing food waste. We teach traditional home skills like preserving to teach students how to reduce their kitchen waste in creative and delicious ways. In these demonstrations we will show you a quick pickle to use up the leftovers in the vegetable crisper; how to make use of cauliflower and beetroot stalks; a vegetable scrap bouillon; plus many more delicious and waste saving tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your fruit and vegetables before they hit the bin.
Bones and all
Bone broths are rich in protein, minerals and gelatin. Having bone broths on hand in your kitchen is one of the best ways to make quick and nutritiously dense meals for you and your family.
Join Angie Sceats of Slow Food Sydney as she shares her secrets to making delicious and nutritious bone broths which can be used for nourishing soups, to braise vegetables, cook grains or make sauces.
Raising backyard chooks
Join self-proclaimed ‘henpreneur’ Dave Ingham in front of the Rouse Hill House and Farm chicken coop as he explains how easy it is to care for your own backyard chickens - a low-maintenance and eco-friendly pet that are great fun for kids, will turn your kitchen scraps into garden manure and provide the wonderful gift of fresh, free range eggs at home!
Composting and worm farming
Join Jordan Sly from Wormticklers as he shares some tips on worm farming and composting. Learn how to get started on using these effective solutions for improving soil health and avoiding chemical fertilisers in your garden, while also reducing the amount of waste going from your kitchen into landfill