I'm a postgraduate student living in the inner west cities of Sydney, with a passion for food, music and travel.
A cultural fun sunday
One of Sydney's largest annual cultural festivities is soon to be happening once again. The Moon Festival in Cabramatta is one of the most important events in the area, hosted by the Fairfield Local Council.
Source: Fairfield Local Council
The Moon Festival comes along with many legendary stories. One story is about a girl named Chang Er who is seen dancing on the full moon during the festival. The festival is also a time for families to reunite and have dinner together, eating moon cakes and drinking tea while enjoying the sight of the full moon.
This year the moon festival in Cabramatta is to be held on the 23rd of September. Each year the event attracts over 90,000 people, crowding out the main streets and alleyways. It is an event filled with food stalls, a sponsored company kiosk, amusement rides, carnival games and a variety of competitions catering for all ages.
Crowd-favorite competitions include moon cake eating, pho noodle eating and prawn peeling. This year, the Papa Roti Bun bakery will also host a competition with the winners receiving a voucher to Iron Chef Restaurant.
One of the main highlights this year is the line up of performers. The talented "Justice Crew" will be performing live on stage at Cabramatta, with the smash hit song "Boom Boom". There'll also be Australia's Got Talent Grand Finalist dance crew Kookies n' Kreme, and Rhythm Hunters performing jaw dropping moves. If you're interested in a more cultural performance, Master Peng Cheng Mu will impress you with his mask changing act.
The event is suitable for families wanting a great day out, catch-ups for teenagers and friends, or a kid's fun day. The streets are lined up with gourmet food stalls that will cater for all the foodies. Children can get up close with farm animals or even attend the dumpling-making course hosted by taste tours.
The event's stipulated time is 11am-8pm but if you plan to drive to the venue, it is best to go much earlier. Many of the roads will be closed off for the venue and car parks will be limited. On an average weekend the car parks fill up quickly, so you can imagine how difficult it would be to find parking space on a festivity.
Public transport would be the most convenient because the event is located right in front of the station. By 11am, most stalls should be opened and filled with people from all areas roaming around to explore the festival, so it is best to go early so you can have an idea of where to go. At 8pm, there will be fireworks to officially end the festival.
A festival of cultural significance is on its way. Be part of it.