Autumn Harvest Festival 2018
You will have the opportunity to meet the producers and discover the story behind your food. All have a strong commitment to producing handcrafted artisan foods, embracing sustainable practices and reviving traditional preparation and preservation methods.
Throughout the day you can listen to a range of fascinating talks and live food demonstrations. Explore the property and hear the stories that reveal the life of the estate over 160 years. 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 and help our farmers feed the cows in the paddock. Or simply bring a picnic rug and enjoy the picturesque setting with a delicious spread from our ready-to-eat food vendors.
Register now for your chance to win an Eat Your History prize pack.
Parking & accessibility
Free parking is available on site, via Guntawong Road. Accessible parking is also available at the Visitors’ Centre. 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 Schofields Station and Rouse Hill House & Farm via Rouse Hill Town Centre, thanks to Sydney Bus Museums.
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 & Farm.
Book online or call SLM Bookings on 02 8239 2211
When & Where
Rouse Hill House & Farm
Shuttle bus timetable
Hop on the free vintage shuttle bus from Schofields Station via Rouse Hill Town Centre, every 30 mins. The first bus leaves Schofields Station at 8.43am and the last bus will leave Rouse Hill House & Farm at 3pm.
Workshops & demonstrations
Raising Backyard Chickens
Join self-proclaimed ‘henpreneur’ Dave Ingham 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!
Beekeeping for beginners
Come and learn the basics of setting up and managing a backyard beehive, the inner workings of the hive and how to raise a happy, healthy colony of bees, so you can harvest your own wax and honey.
FungiCo will demonstrate how easy it is to make your own oyster mushroom garden using straw, coffee, woodchips or other garden waste. Come along and get involved in this interactive workshop to learn about mushroom biology, gardening, art and cuisine!
Join artisan cheesemaker Kristen Allan as she shares her passion for all things cheese and tells tales of her own cheese making, with the hope to inspire people to continue the age-old traditions in their own home. Kristen will cover the basics of cheese making, milk composition, recipe suggestions and the many uses for leftover whey.
Activities & entertainment
The Vegetable Plot
The Vegetable Plot are an award-winning bunch of roots musicians who have sprung from the underground on a radical mission: to get kids to fall in love with vegetables! Their earthy, joyful music is designed to appeal to adults just as much as kids. Be sure to catch one of the two 45 min performances, taking place in between the programmed talks at the main stage.
Kids’ activity zone
Enjoy the shade of the giant Moreton Bay Fig tree while the kids explore a range of activities related to the themes of the Autumn Harvest Festival – get involved in a game about bees, learn how to draw a mushroom, or go on a chicken hunt, searching for Rouse Hill House and Farm’s heritage breed chickens.
Crop Swap and soil testing
Crop Swap Sydney will be joining us, so bring your excess produce, seeds or gardening goods to swap! Not sure what to bring? Check out their past events for inspiration. You can visit the Crop Swap stall throughout the day for advice on growing your own edibles or to rifle through their seed library. They will also be collecting soil samples for free testing conducted by Vegesafe. Bring a sample of your soil to ensure that it is free from metal contaminants and safe to grow your produce in. Find out what you need to bring to have your soil tested [PDF].