Spring Harvest Festival 2018
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Impress your next dinner guests with a classic napkin folding technique, following instructions from Mrs Beeton’s cookery book.
Have a turn grinding whole wheat and making flour the old fashioned way
At the Macarthur’s table
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.
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]