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History Week 2011 – EAT History

September 3, 2011toSeptember 11, 2011

 * SYDNEY and NSW  

History Week 2011: The theme for History Week 2011 will be EAT History.  How did we cook and where did our food come from?  Over 200 events.

  • 3-11 September – EAT History
  • Various venues around Sydney and NSW

History Week 2011 featured events

 History Week has the theme EAT History for 2011.  History Week 2011 will bring to the table the Edible, Appetising and Tasty history of food.  Who ate what and where in the past?  How did we cook and where did our food come from? History Week 2011 will be a smorgasbord of delectable delights!

Feature Events
Each year the History Council of NSW selects several events to feature as part of History Week.

Unwrapped Sweets: Tales from the City
Customs House will present a taste of Sydney’s diverse relationships with food. Join the historians from the City of Sydney’s History Program and the Sydney Town Hall Curator as they discuss food production in South Sydney, lavish civic receptions at Town Hall, diets of prisoners at Darlinghurst Gaol, and the privations of working families along Sydney’s ‘Hungry Mile’ in the early twentieth century.

Nielsen Park Aboriginal Heritage and Bush Tucker Tasting Tour
Nielsen Park celebrates 100 years as one of Sydney’s most popular public reserves. At this event you will discover why this iconic location has been an important place for many more hundreds of years.

2011 NSW Premier’s History Awards Dinner
New South Wales Premier’s History Awards 2011 will be announced at a formal dinner hosted by the Hon. Barry O’Farrell, MP, Premier of NSW. Cherry Ripe, food writer and journalist, will present the 2011 Premier’s History Awards Address and Annette Shun Wah, prominent media figure, will be the MC for the evening.

Eat History: A Symposium on the History of Food and Drink in Australia and Beyond
According to Cherry Ripe, Australians have the most adventurous palates in the world. Join us at this free symposium that will explore the role of food and drink in our history.

Walking Tour of Leichhardt’s Famous Italian Cafes
If you were to walk down Weston Road, Rozelle in 1908 the sweet smells of Saporiti and Bardelini’s confectionary would greet you, just as today in Norton Street the alluring aromas of cannoli, mandorlati, nacatloi, rigate and more waft from Mezzapica, a thriving Italian panifico and a jewel in the crown of Leichhardt’s patisseries.

Feasting and Fasting: Histories of Food and Wine in the Hunter and Beyond
All are invited to a luscious visual and audio treat – a panel on our histories of food and wine.

Colonial Gastronomy: An Antipodean Dinner
Join a unique colonial gastronomy experience which draws from an 1846 gentlemen’s dinner party celebrating indigenous foods such as wonga pigeon and kangaroo venison. Start your evening with a pre-dinner estate tour by resident HHT colonial gastronomer, Jacqui Newling.

Out of the Vaults High Tea
Ever wanted to know how to make and bake delicious dainties?  Well who better to teach you than the ladies of Country Women’s Association of NSW, champions of the baker’s arts since 1922.

The Art of Living in Australia: A Special Event with Tony Bilson
Tony Bilson and Darren De Bortoli will discuss the development of Sydney’s food and wine scene with Simon Marnie from ABC 702 Sydney, while guests savour a specially created menu inspired by recipes featured in Philip E. Muskett’s book, The Art of Living in Australia.

Historical Mural Launch and Heritage Camp Oven Cooking will Delight all your senses! Sample historic morsels, enjoy musical entertainment, marvel at the realism of a new mural, view the new Kitchen Exhibition and examine our display of historic cook books from the Queanbeyan region.

Elusive Ingredients: Preparing Lebanese Food in Country NSW in the 1940s
Preparing and sharing meals are an integral part of Lebanese culture. In 1942 John Koorey was born of Lebanese parents in Wagga Wagga in the Riverina. Join John for Lebanese afternoon tea and hear how families maintained religious and social networks and established a ‘mini economy’ out of nothing but the food on their table.

History Week 2011 further information

History Week
History Week was initiated by the Council in 1997 to showcase the rich, diverse history being produced by organisations and individuals across the state. With over 200 events across NSW, History Week is about celebrating the best in community and professional history, highlighting its role in our cultural life and inviting people to get involved.

During History Week, community groups, local councils, libraries, archives, museums, universities, cultural institutions, professional and amateur historians across NSW open their doors to present the latest in today’s historical research – fascinating stories, artefacts and experiences about both our past and ourselves today.

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