Check out Spring Harvest at Australia's oldest homestead, Elizabeth Farm this Sunday

Spring in their step: Jacqui Newling and Jessica Abrahams at Elizabeth Farm, which was once thriving with produce, grains and livestock. Picture: Geoff Jones

Spring in their step: Jacqui Newling and Jessica Abrahams at Elizabeth Farm, which was once thriving with produce, grains and livestock. Picture: Geoff Jones

Foodies can take a trip down memory lane to colonial times at Elizabeth Farm this Sunday (September 25).

Spring Harvest draws inspiration from the original food, preparation methods and eating habits at Australia's oldest homestead.

Elizabeth Farm was built in 1783 for farming pioneers John and Elizabeth Macarthur. It’s home to Australia’s oldest surviving olive tree.

Produce that would have been on the Macarthurs’ table more than 230 years ago will be celebrated on Sunday.

“It’s an oasis in the middle of metropolis,” Sydney Living Museum colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling said.

“It’s an opportunity to come along and enjoy things you don’t usually experience in a museum. A lot of food that would have been on the table in 1780s are still enjoyed today but in a more contemporary way.

Visitors will meet artisian producers while learning how to churn butter, make bread and preserves.

There will also be gardening workshops where you can take home a heirloom vegetable seedling.

Ms Newling will show visitors how to set the dining table the traditional way.

“Our history is important to the understanding the pathway of how we came here today,” she said.

“Making your own bread and butter were part of the daily household routine back in the 1800s.”

  • September 25, 10am–3pm at Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill. Gold coin entry. Free shuttle bus from Parramatta Station.
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