Join us for the arrival of spring at our unique artisan food event, Spring Harvest Festival. We invite you to explore the rich culinary history of Elizabeth Farm.

Enjoy fascinating talks, food demonstrations and hands-on workshops as you meet food historians, personalities and producers and discover the stories behind your food.

Embrace the opportunity to taste your history with food inspired by the colonial kitchen 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.

Click here to view the program for the day.

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

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


Talks & demos

Join Barbara Sweeney of Food & Words, Sydney Living Museum’s house curator, Scott Hill and resident colonial gastronomer, Jacqui Newling, for a full day of talks and food demonstrations. See the event program for the line up of talks on the day.

Talks with Barbara Sweeney of Food & Words

Regency spices and plum pudding

SLM resident colonial gastronomer, Jacqui Newling with Dr Madeline Shanahan

An exploration of Regency spices from 17th century Ireland to colonial Australia and the kitchen of Elizabeth Farm. Learn about the spices in common usage, popular recipes and how an everyday pudding came to symbolise Christmas.

Flowers in the colonial garden and arranging them for the table

SLM curator, Dr Scott Hill

Join us on an imaginary stroll through the Elizabeth Farm pleasure and kitchen gardens of the 1800s to discuss the plantings and flowers that grew here and how cut flowers were used in the house and arranged on the dining table.

The beauty of the kitchen garden

SLM horticulturalist, Anita Rayner with Mickey Robertson and Bernadette Hince

We’ll tackle the practical, purposeful and beautiful aspects of planning and working a successful kitchen garden, discuss plants commonly grown in the 1800s (with reference to the Colonial Plant Database), and pay homage to the structures – from the trellis to the wigwam, cone and tunnel – that were made, often in willow, to support plants.

Activities & workshops

Drop in Workshop with Diego Bonetto

Wild stories: the heroes and villain in our kitchen

Food adventurer Diego Bonetto invites you to create stories using common vegetables. Transform everyday potatoes and carrots into superheroes and fairies. Playing with food is so much fun!

About Diego

Diego Bonetto is a forager, artist, storyteller and an expert on identifying the nutritious plants that grow under our feet that most people call ‘weeds’.

Building on the knowledge acquired while growing up on a farm in Italy, Diego introduces people to the ever-present food and medicine plants that surround us. He collaborates extensively with chefs, herbalists, environmentalists and cultural workers promoting a new understanding of what the environment has to offer and works with council and institutions to provide content for community engagement projects.

You see weeds, Diego sees food.

Alice Lindstrom’s paper collage activity

Take a break from the hustle and bustle with this creative collage workshop designed by artist Alice Lindstrom. This activity has been inspired by Elizabeth Farm’s colonial kitchen.

About Alice

Alice studied Philosophy, graduating with a Bachelor of Humanities from the University of Adelaide. Shortly afterward, Alice completed a Bachelor of Design at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). After working as a theatre designer in Sydney, Alice returned to the University of Adelaide and completed a Masters of Museum Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Art History.

Alice works in paper collage, using cut and paste techniques, painting and preparing the paper beforehand, before cutting and assembling it to create textured and painterly collages. Alice's aesthetic draws on diverse influences, including mid-century illustration and design, folk art as well as Modern art movements.

Make your own lemon sherbet

Make your own lemon ‘sherbet’ and discover the lost art of ‘rasping’ following a recipe from 1816 as featured on Sydney Living Museum’s Cook and Curator blog.

Napkin Folding

Try your hand at the folding a ‘Rose and Star’ or lotus flower napkin as featured in the 1907 edition of Mrs Beeton’s Guide to House Hold Management.

Food demonstrations

The allure of fresh spices with Spice Zen

Follow your nose on this exploration of spice with Preeti Swatup from Spice Zen, who will unveil the spices used in colonial baking, such as mace and allspice, a typical 1800s curry powder mix and her own recipes. Learn how to select, store, toast, grind and cook with spices.

The art of making the perfect scones with Eastwood-Epping CWA

Learn the secrets to baking the perfect scone from some of the practised and accomplished cooks from the Eastwood-Epping branch of the Couuntry Women's Association. Their tips and techniques will ensure success the next time you head into the kitchen to bake a batch of fresh-made scones. They will offer tastings.

Stalls marked with an asterisk* indicate ready-to-eat food available.

General $8

Member $5

Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) $25

Under 5s FREE


When & Where

Sunday 13 October 2019 10AM–3PM

Elizabeth Farm

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

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