Autumnal fare at Rouse Hill House & Farm – this Sunday!

Its the Autumn Harvest at Rouse Hill House & Farm_Artwork (c) Sydney Living Museums

Well there’s no rest for us! Barely is the the 2019 Eel Festival over at Elizabeth Farm than we’re heading up the Windsor Road to Rouse Hill House for the next event on the SLM food festival – Autumn Harvest!

Talk, taste and take home

Esther and Jemima Pender show just how easy it is to make butter. Photo (c) James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

This Sunday, from 9am till 3pm it’s Autumn Harvest at Rouse Hill House & Farm! Come along and meet some of Greater Sydney’s finest artisan producers and be inspired by the food history of Rouse Hill House & Farm 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!  Discover the stories behind your food, listen to a range of fascinating talks and live food demonstrations, and yes, you can feed the cows!

Charlotte Evans at the Autumn Harvest Market. Photo (c) James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Dave Ingham – the unmistakeable ‘man in the yellow chicken feather hat’ – is back to answer all your questions about backyard chickens, and cheese-maker Kristen Allan will be sharing her passion for all things cheese, and tales of her own cheese making to get you inspired.

The chicken man Dave Ingham. Photo (c) James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Hosted by food writer Barbara Sweeny, this year’s talks are with Laurie Green (Founder of Crop Swap Sydney, and dedicated to creating a zero-waste pantry), Sean Prendergast (from the Bilpin Cider Co. on, you guessed it, cider!), Ana Martin (from The Amber Drop who is talking honey and bees) – and I’ll (Scott Hill, ‘the Curator’) be there joining in to discuss Rouse Hill House’s early food history, peach cider and thrift the 19th century way.

Lots for the kids

Over at the restored 1890s schoolhouse try your hand at making butter (it’s really easy!), feed the cows, then head down the garden path to the summerhouse to make your own vintage seed packet – and then a ‘seed ball’ for the garden.

Feed the cows at Rouse Hill House. Photo (c) James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Delicious food and artisan produce at the Autumn Harvest Festival 2018
Sunday, 31 May 2018, 9am-2pm

It’s all in the details!

All you need to know, from our address to what time we open is located here. There’s a full list of our artisan food vendors, times for the talks and demonstrations, and details on kid’s activities. There’s even a vintage shuttle bus running from the Rouse Hill Town Center and Schofields railway station. Too easy! Admission is just $2 at the gate, and then all the talks and demonstrations and tours are free! You can pre-register, which will also give you e-mail updates and tips as we get that little bit closer.

See you at the Harvest!