Spring Harvest Festival 2016
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Elizabeth Farm was built by John and Elizabeth Macarthur in 1793. They quickly established a productive farm with an abundance of fresh produce, grains and livestock.
At Spring Harvest, we invite you to step inside Elizabeth Farm and discover the interiors of Australia’s oldest surviving homestead. See how the Macarthur’s dining table would have been set for a formal meal. Explore the food and stories of the colonial dining table – pickles, preserves, honey, coffee, tea, smoked goods and heirloom produce, as you shop from a hand-picked selection of over 15 providores including Brasserie Bread, Pepe Saya, Cornersmith, Feather and Bone, Eat Me Chutneys and more.
Enjoy the shade of the elm tree for short talks hosted by Food and Word’s Barbara Sweeney, where you will hear about artisan food making practices including bread making plus the history of the dairy industry in Australia and the art of making handcrafted cultured dairy products with Pepe Saya. Barbara will also be joined by Mickey Robertson of Glenmore House and SLM’s own horticulturalist, Anita Rayner, as they discuss the differences of traditional versus modern garden design as well as offering their expert advice on seasonal planting and how to plan your own kitchen garden.
You can also drop into a range of live food demonstrations and hands-on opportunities including bread making the colonial kitchen, where you can try your hand at grinding wheat and kneading dough, experience what goes into preparing hand churned butter in the dairy with Pepe Saya, or learn about the art of preserving for the season with Cornersmith. Then look for what’s growing in the kitchen garden and join Anita Rayner for a kitchen gardening workshop, where you will get to plant your very own heirloom vegetable seedling to take home.
Pack a picnic rug and enjoy the picturesque setting with a delicious spread from one of our many ready-to-eat food vendors or visit the Elizabeth Farm Tearooms to savour a homemade Devonshire tea or a ploughman’s lunch, showcasing a variety of produce from the Spring Harvest stallholders.
Please note there is no parking on site at Elizabeth Farm and street parking is limited. We encourage you to take advantage of the FREE shuttle bus service, which will operate between Parramatta station (Darcy Street) and Elizabeth Farm from 10am – 3.15pm*.
*Last bus from Parramatta station at 2.30pm.