Immerse yourself in the rich food history of Rouse Hill Estate at this festive celebration of seasonal harvests. 

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 the cows. Or simply bring a picnic rug and enjoy the picturesque setting with a delicious spread from our ready-to-eat food vendors. 

Meet some of Greater Sydney’s finest artisan producers and be inspired by traditional food production as you taste, savour, browse, and shop from a handpicked selection of products, including jams and relishes, teas, cured meats, artisan bread, cheeses and more. You'll also have the chance to bring your preloved cookbooks to swap with other collectors.

Kids activities include buttermaking, craft activities as well as the opportunity to help our farmer Gareth, feed the cows. Plus, take part in cooking workshops (bookings essential) and food-focused tours of the property. 

Download the Event Program

This is an outdoor event and will proceed in wet weather, except in extreme conditions. Please dress appropriately. 

Due to recent wet weather, please use caution when walking around the grounds as surfaces may be slippery and uneven. 

Featured as part of the 2022 Blacktown City Festival program.

Please note there is no parking on site due to unsuitable event parking conditions. Free return shuttle buses will be run on the day approximately every 15 minutes from Tallawong Station and Rouse Hill Station to Rouse Hill Estate. Limited parking is available at each train station. Read our important information below for more details.

Important information

  • Plan your day
    The full-day program is now available to download as a PDF complete with map and timings so you can plan your day. There will be food, drinks and gourmet produce available for purchase on site
     
  • There is no parking on site
     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
     
  • Getting there by shuttle bus
     Free return shuttle buses will be running on the day approximately every 15 minutes from Tallawong Station and Rouse Hill Station to Rouse Hill Estate. Limited parking is available at each station.
     
  • From Tallawong Station: First bus: 8.45am; Last bus: 2.15pm
    The bus stop is located on Themeda Avenue, opposite the coffee shop and near the ‘kiss and ride’ zone. Please look for the Autumn Harvest Festival signage.
     
  • From Rouse Hill Station: First bus: 8.45am; Last bus: 2.15pm
    The bus stop is located in the Rouse Hill Station bus bays. Please look for the Autumn Harvest Festival signage.
     
  • More information
    -  Due to recent wet weather, please use caution when walking around the grounds as surfaces may be slippery and uneven.
    - 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. 


Free entry

Ticket includes free bus transfer.

 

When & Where

Sunday 15 May 2022 9AM–3PM

Rouse Hill Estate

356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, NSW 2155
+612 9627 6777

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Live music

Marcello’s Manouche Trio

Enjoy music by leading piano-accordionist Marcello Maio and his trio of delightfully continental musicians. An acoustic instrumental blend takes you on a musical journey with pre-eminent Django guitarist Cameron Jones and double bassist Stan Valacos.
 


 

Activities

  • A man stoking the fire at Autumn Harvest 2021

    Billy tea and damper demonstrations

    9.30am, 10.30am & 11.30am

    Developed by early Australian settlers, a traditional ‘billy tea’ involves the use of recycled cans as tea pots on an open fire. Watch this exciting Aussie tea ceremony in action!

  • A selection of fresh produce on display at Autumn Harvest 2021.

    Cookbook swap meet

    12pm–3pm

    We invite you to bring along a handful of your preloved cookbooks to swap with other collectors and share favourite recipes.

    Annotated Women’s Weekly and Family Circle cookbooks are very welcome!

  • Kids activities

    Various sessions

    Kids activities include butter making, craft activities inspired by Sydney Living Museums collection as well as the opportunity to help our farmer Gareth, feed the cows.


 

Drop-in talks

Hosted by Barbara Sweeney, founder of the Food and Words Writers’ Festival.
  • Selection of bush foods.

    Growing a bush foods garden

    10am–10.30am

    It’s time to get planting! Find out how you can set up a successful native bush foods garden at home. Come with any questions you may have! 

  • picture of cookies on plate with cloth.

    Australian life in cookbooks

    11.15am–11.45am

    Get nostalgic as we discuss popular cookbooks & recipes handed down between generations of Australians, including recipes from the Rouse Hill Estate collection and the ubiquitous Australian Women’s Weekly.

  • All about citrus

    1pm–1.30pm

    Autumn is the perfect time to start thinking all things citrus! We’ll discuss some of the weird and wonderful varieties of citrus, their uses, and the history of how these fantastic fruits have been grown in Australian gardens and orchards.


 

Workshops by Cornersmith


  • Members only: Pasta by Hand (SOLD OUT)

    9.30am-10.30am, Rouse Hill Estate

    For families or pasta lovers alike, enjoy this exclusive Sydney Living Museums members workshop. Join Cornersmith as they teach you how to make pasta by hand. No pasta machine, and no worries! Hand rolled pici will be cooked in class and gobbled up with a vegetarian sugo. Leave with recipes and a happy belly!

    Free for members. This member cooking workshop is now sold out.


  • Marmalade Intensive

    11am-12pm, Rouse Hill Estate

    Join Cornersmith’s Alex Elliott-Howery in this intensive marmalade demonstration. She will discuss all the finer points to making everybody’s favourite citrus preserve. Pectin, sugar, setting point and storage will be covered. Take home a recipe and a jar of Cornersmith new season marmalade. 

    General: $50 and Member: $40. Places are limited.

    Book now


  • How to Pickle Anything! 

    12.30pm-1.30pm, Rouse Hill Estate

    Want to know the best way to enjoy the Autumn Harvest? Pickle it! In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of pickling and how it can be applied to almost any vegetable. Make and take home a jar of Autumn Harvest pickles.

    General: $50 and Member: $40. One ticket remaining. Please check availability on booking page.

    Check availability


 

Stallholders

Stay tuned for more stallholders to be announced soon.


 

Win a prize pack

Enter now for the chance to win a Autumn Harvest Festival prize pack valued over $300!

Entries open from 9am, 15 May 2022 to 10am, 23 May 2022.

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