Spring Harvest Festival 2018

Join us on Sunday 23 September to celebrate the arrival of spring at our unique artisan food market, Spring Harvest Festival, returning to the beautiful grounds of Elizabeth Farm. We invite you to explore the rich culinary history of Australia’s oldest surviving homestead.

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. Discover stories of the Macarthur family as you take a peek into the colonial kitchen with its woodfired stove, check out what’s growing in the kitchen garden, or see how the dining room would have been set for a formal occasion.

Enjoy a variety of fascinating talks, food demonstrations and hands-on workshops as you meet historians, food personalities and producers and discover the stories behind your food. Then embrace the opportunity to taste your history with food inspired by the colonial dining table as you browse, sample, sip and shop from a handpicked selection of products from Sydney’s finest artisan producers. Pack a picnic rug and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Elizabeth Farm with a delicious spread from our premium food vendors.

Spring Harvest Festival is one of many programs and events presented by Sydney Living Museums that explore the food heritage of our properties, including the annual Autumn Harvest Festival at Rouse Hill House & Farm and the Colonial Gastronomy and Eat Your History workshop series.

Share your Spring Harvest Festival experience with us on our Facebook eventInstagram and Twitter. Use #SLMharvest and @sydlivmus.

It is now Spring, & the Eye is delighted with a most beautiful variegated Landscape – Almonds – Apricots, Pear and Apple Trees are in full bloom. The native shrubs are also in flower, & the whole Country gives a grateful perfume.

Elizabeth Macarthur to her friend Miss Kingdon, 1798


Hosted by food writer Barbara Sweeney and Sydney Living Museums’ resident gastrononmer, Jacqui Newling.

10.15am – Welcome to country

Rhiannon Wright, Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre

10.30am – Eat Your History at Elizabeth Farm

Jacqui Newling, Sydney Living Museums

Jacqui Newling, Sydney Living Museums’ resident gastronomer and author of the Eat Your History book, shares her stories on the food history of Australia’s oldest surviving homestead, Elizabeth Farm.

12pm – First Vintage: Wine in Colonial NSW

Dr. Julie McIntyre, Senior History Lecturer, University of Newcastle

Dr Julie McIntyre is  Australia's foremost historian of the role of wine in Australian life. Julie will be sharing her knowledge in a discussion with Jacqui on the Macarthur family’s role in establishing early wine production in colonial NSW.

1.30pm – Country Women, City Women

Janice Eagleton, Secretary of the Country Women’s Association - Phillip Group

Janice and Jacqui will discuss the history of the Country Women’s Association in NSW and share insights on their role in rural, regional and urban communities today.


Scone making secrets

with the Country Women’s Association

10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm

Join the CWA to discover the secret recipe behind their famous scones

Easy as Pie

Perfect pie crusts with Ryan Broomfield

11.30am & 1.30pm

Artisan pie maker Ryan Broomfield shares how to make a delicious all butter pastry for your own homemade pies


Kids Gardening Workshops

with Pocket City Farms

Every hour from 11am to 2pm

Kids will learn all about composting and take home their very own decorated counter top scraps container, or make flower seed balls to help invite helpful friends like birds, bees and butterflies into the garden. There will also be a range of fun craft activities inspired by the collections of Sydney Living Museums’ Caroline Simpson Library.

Kids’ butter-making


Every hour from 10.30am to 1.30pm

Kids (and grown-ups!) can learn how to make your very own homemade butter - have a turn on an old butter churn before rolling up your sleeves trying your hand at making your own butter with a simple and fun technique you can use at home too.


Crop Swap

All day

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.

Napkin folding

All day

Impress your next dinner guests with a classic napkin folding technique, following instructions from Mrs Beeton’s cookery book.

Grain grinding

All day

Have a turn grinding whole wheat and making flour the old fashioned way

House tours

At the Macarthur’s table

Dining Room

Every hour from 11am to 2pm

Join us in the Dining Room to see how the Macarthurs’ dining table would have been set for a formal occasion. 




The Colonial Kitchen

11.30am, 12.45pm & 2.15pm

Find out what was cooking in Macarthur family’s kitchen with Colonial Gastronomer Jacqui Newling.

The Kitchen Garden

11am, 12.30pm & 2pm

Come and chat to Sydney Living Museums’ horticulturalist Steve Halliday as you discover what’s growing in the kitchen garden. Plant your own heirloom vegetable seed to grow at home.



Register now for your chance to win an Eat Your History hamper valued at $150.

NSW Permit No. LTPM/18/03290. T&Cs apply.

Where & When

Sunday 23 September 2018 10AM–3PM

Elizabeth Farm

70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142
+61 2 9635 9488

A free shuttle bus will be operating on the day from Parramatta Station.

Please note: There is limited on-street parking available.

More information

House open for self-guided viewing from 10am–4pm.

With the exception of special service dogs (i.e. guide dogs), no pets are allowed on site at Elizabeth Farm.

Ready-to-eat food stalls are marked with an asterisk.*

Download the program [PDF]


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