Embark on an autumn foodie adventure at Sovereign Hill’s Heritage Harvest Weekend this 28-29 May.
Part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival, the new two-day event will showcase age-old techniques for growing and preserving seasonal food which were brought to Australia by diggers during the gold rush.
From 10am to 5pm each day, explore Sovereign Hill‘s iconic setting and immerse yourself in the practices of fermenting, drying, salting, curing, pickling and distilling through a series of pop-up food and market stalls, events, demonstrations, masterclasses, workshops and hands-on activities.
Heritage Harvest Weekend tickets start from $39 adult, $20 child and $99 for a family of four.
To book, visit bookings.sovereignhill.com.au
Masterclass events must be booked separately.
Wander rows of stalls and meet regional producers selling artisan products and wares that celebrate growing and preserving food. Think everyone from basket-makers to picklers.
Award-winning chefs Jo Barrett (Future Food System), Jung Eun Chae (CHAE restaurant) and Derek Boath (from Ballarat’s Underbar) will take over Victoria Theatre for the Creative Exchange session – a series of cooking demos showcasing modern ways of using age-old food techniques.
The interactive session will be hosted by Gemima Cody, The Age‘s former chief restaurant critic.
You can also delight in a series of demonstrations by Sovereign Hill experts, from blacksmithing to wheel-making, cheese-making to butter-making.
Discover how to start a backyard bee colony at the Secret Life of Bees masterclass or join Mick Nunn from Salt Kitchen Charcuterie to explore the wide and varied world of French terrines and pates. Bookings essential.
A space for kids (young and old) to get their hands dirty! Plant your own veggies, learn how to pickle, delve into the fizzy world of soda-making, find your way through the hay bale maze, and get up close with baby goats and ducklings, lambs and rabbits at the animal farm.
Encounter the intoxicating smell of dumplings, noodles and aromatic Chinese herbs in the air, all while enjoying the sounds of traditional Chinese dancing.
Partake in authentic damper making over an open fire before digging into a hearty bowl of bush stew.