Top chefs headline Heritage Harvest Weekend

Jo Barrett | Jung Eun Chae | Derek Boath

Ballarat’s iconic living museum Sovereign Hill has today announced three award-winning Australian chefs will headline its Heritage Harvest Weekend on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May.

Jo Barrett (Future Food System), Jung Eun Chae (CHAE) and Derek Boath (Underbar) will take over Sovereign Hill’s Victorian Theatre to showcase modern ways of using age-old food techniques in a series of cooking demonstrations.

The three top chefs will be joined by former chief restaurant critic for The Age Gemima Cody who will host the interactive sessions, interviewing each chef while they cook to discover what they love about in-season autumn produce and why it’s important to keep sustainable practices like fermenting, drying, salting, curing, pickling and distilling alive.

Heritage Harvest Weekend will see the chefs run six free sessions across the two-day foodie event.

• Jo Barrett on all things Future Food System – learn new and innovative ways to grow and prepare food including sustainable proteins of the future. Watch as Jo demonstrates ways to eat crickets as well as the many uses of tiger nut, grass and other non-conventional ingredients that are right under our fingertips.

• Let Jung Eun Chae take you through the art of Korean ferments with soy sauce, sake and kimchi making classes.

• Ballarat’s own star chef Derek Boath will take festival-goers through classic French cooking skills brought to Australia during the gold rush but with an Australian spin – think wattle seed and lemon myrtle pot de crème.

Heritage Harvest Weekend is a full foodie take-over of Sovereign Hill’s iconic setting. The weekend program also includes pop-up produce and market stalls; a Botanical Bar featuring sips by Kilderkin Distillery and Mrs Baker’s Still House; an animal farm for kids; damper, butter and cheese-making classes; a line-up of feature events and masterclasses; plus much more.

Admission tickets start from $39 for an adult, $20 for a child and $99 for a family of four. To start planning your Heritage Harvest Weekend, book tickets at


• When: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May 2022
• Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
• Where: Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
• Tickets: Admission – $39 for an adult | $20 for a child. Book at
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