Autumn Harvest Festival 2021
Discover the story behind your food, and 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 house, view outbuildings, and meet farm animals. Or simply bring a picnic rug and enjoy the picturesque setting with a delicious spread from our ready-to-eat food vendors.
Plus learn all there is to know about pickling and fermenting with Cornersmith. Kids can also make traditional hand-rolled pasta to take home and try. Gin lovers can join Archie Rose Distilling Co in the Old Schoolhouse at Rouse Hill Estate for a guided tasting of five limited-edition Archie Rose gins (licensed event, ages 18+). Bookings essential for these ticketed workshops, see below to find out more.
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Please note: this event takes place mostly outdoors. At the Autumn Harvest Festival visitors must wear masks at indoor activities such as inside Rouse Hill House during house viewings and for those attending the workshops: Kids in the kitchen: Pasta; Pickling with Cornersmith; and Fermenting with Cornersmith. Find out more including any exemptions via the NSW Government Health website.
We'll continue to monitor the latest NSW Public Health advice. Please read our COVID-19 conditions of entry before registering and check back for updates. We will also be posting event updates on this webpage and Facebook event page.
- Getting there by shuttle bus
A free return shuttle bus will be running on the day between Tallawong Station and Rouse Hill Estate. Limited parking is available at the station.
- Getting there by car
- Limited event parking is available in the paddock car park located at 21 Guntawong Road, Rouse Hill (approximately 100 metres from Guntawong Road & Windsor Road intersection). See map.
- Please note that the main entrance and car park located at 356 Annangrove Road will only be accessible to the free shuttle bus, visitors who require accessible parking or visitors who arrive on foot.
- We recommend wearing weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable enclosed shoes. A reminder to bring a hat and sunscreen, and rain cover if necessary.
- Bring along a refillable water bottle and keep hydrated.
- Visitors with low mobility can take a ride in the people-mover from the carpark to the top of the site; and there is wheelchair access to the house.
- Rouse Hill Estate is a heritage site. Please be mindful of uneven surfaces and fragile structures when moving around the property.
- As this is a rural site with old farm buildings, dams and insects, children must be supervised at all times.
- Please note that no pets, with the exception of special service dogs (i.e. guide dogs), are allowed on site at Rouse Hill Estate.
Kids in the kitchen: Pasta!
Workshop space, 10am-11am
Get ready to have some fun making pasta with the Cornersmith team! In this class kids will learn how to make a traditional hand rolled pasta which they can take home with them to try! Suitable for 8-16 year olds.
Pickling with Cornersmith
Workshop space, 11.30am-12.30pm
In this workshop we are going to talk pickles and only pickles. You’ll learn all the essential safety information and leave confident to be able to pickle anything. Plus, you’ll get to make and take home a seasonal pickle!
Fermenting with Cornersmith
Workshop space, 1pm-2pm
Come and explore the fun of fermentation. In this workshop, you’ll get to make and take home a traditional sauerkraut to get you started on your fermenting adventure!
Gin tasting masterclass
Old Schoolhouse, 2pm-2.45pm
Join one of Archie Rose’s resident gin enthusiasts in the Old Schoolhouse for a guided tasting of five Archie Rose, limited edition gins. Plus, enjoy a G&T on arrival! This is a licensed event, ages 18+.
Cameron Jones Trio
Cameron Jones is a musician who draws inspiration from the driving rhythms and melodic honesty of the acoustic gypsy jazz guitar. Join the Cameron Jones Trio this Autumn Harvest as they present gypsy jazz guitar performances with Rouse Hill Estate as their backdrop. Explore the historic property and browse the market stalls as you listen to music that stems from the folklore of Sinti and Manouche gypsies of France and The Netherlands, along with little played Django Reinhardt compositions.
Native bush tucker with ‘Bush to Bowl’, 10am-10.30am
Located on Darug Country, the bushlands and gardens sprawling Rouse Hill Estate feature a variety of fascinating native plants, many of which can be used in cooking or for their medicinal properties. In this talk, featuring ‘Bush to Bowl’ you’ll learn about how you can incorporate bush foods into your cooking.
Farmyard tools from the collection, 11.30am-12pm
The outbuildings at Rouse Hill Estate are crammed full of objects that tell a story of rural life, changing technology and farmyard resourcefulness. Join Sydney Living Museums’ curator, Dr Scott Hill, to discover how these tools and gadgets were used, and their significance to the collection; while some are familiar others will take some serious guesswork.
Mushroom ketch-up, 1.45pm-2.15pm
Long before tomatoes made their way into bottles, commonly found resources such as mushrooms were used to make condiment sauces which became known as ketchups. A fan of these types of sauces is Sydney Living Museums’ curator and colonial gastronomer, Jacqui Newling, who will share some of her favorite mushroom anecdotes and recipes from SLM’s collection accompanied by mushroom and foraging expert Diego Bonetto.