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A taste of the country and a fun-filled family day out
Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

On Sunday 24th of March 2018, the spectacular Autumn Harvest Festival returns to Rouse Hill House & Farm.

Photo © Luisa Brimble for Sydney Living Museums.

All are invited to come down to this historic estate for a fun-filled day and a taste of the country.

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

Meet some of Greater Sydney's finest artisan producers and be inspired by the food history of Rouse Hill House & Farm as you taste, browse and shop from a handpicked selection of products, including jams and relishes, shrubs and ciders, as well as cured meats, artisan bread, delicious cheeses, fresh produce and more.

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

Participating stallholders include:

Amber Drop Honey


Bilpin Cider

Brasserie Bread

Broomfield's Pie Co


Chevre Cheese

Currong Comestibles

Fungi Co

Hand'n'Hoe Macadamias

Kirsten Allan Cheese

Steph's Gourmet Foods

The Gelato Man

Raw & Wild Garlic

Willowbrae Chevre Cheese

Wormticklers Nursery


There will also be a range of delicious "local treats" provided by Good Fella Coffee (Bella Vista) and The Tuckshop (Glenhaven).

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

In addition to a tantalising celebration of Rouse Hill House & Farm's rich food heritage, guests can meet the producers and discover the story behind the food. All have a strong commitment to producing handcrafted foods, embracing sustainable practices and reviving traditional preparation and preservation methods.

Photo © Luisa Brimble for Sydney Living Museums.

There will also be opportunities to join a range of fascinating talks and live food demonstrations with cheesemaker Kristen Allan, Sean Prendergast from Bilpin Cider, beekeepers Ana and Sven Martin from Amber Drop Honey and Crop Swap Sydney's founder, Laurie Green who will be sharing her tips on creating a zero waste pantry. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own home-grown goodies to exchange at the Crop Swap.

Back by popular demand is chicken expert, Dave Ingham, of Rentachook and author of Raising Backyard Chickens - teaching everything you need to know about keeping chickens at home.

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

Kids entertainment includes butter making classes in the 1888 schoolhouse, gardening workshops at the potting shed, a range of craft activities inspired by items from Sydney Living Museums collection as well as the opportunity to feed the cows at the Windsor Rd paddock.

Photo © Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller, Sydney Living Museums.

Guided tours of Rouse Hill House and its fascinating outbuildings and paddocks will run throughout the day. The fee is a gold coin donation. Explore the property and hear the stories that reveal the life of the estate over 160 years.

Photo © Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller, Sydney Living Museums.

Take a peek inside the historic convict-built house or discover the property's outbuildings. Or simply bring a picnic rug and enjoy the picturesque setting with a delicious spread from the ready-to-eat food vendors.

Register now - entry is $2 at the gate.

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When: Sunday 24 March, 9am–3pm
Where: Rouse Hill House & Farm, 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill
Cost: $2 entry at the gate
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