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Eel Festival 2021 - FREE EVENT

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A family-friendly cultural event for all to enjoy
Photo James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

Come and celebrate Indigenous heritage at the popular Eel Festival on Darug Country.

The popular FREE Eel Festival returns to Elizabeth Farm on Sunday 7 March, celebrating Parramatta's Indigenous heritage and its fascinating story of Country.

Photo James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

Now in its sixth year, this family-friendly festival celebrates Parramatta's namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local Darug people, known as the Burramuttagal, who have gathered for thousands of years during eel season to feast, trade and share their culture.

From 10am, Elizabeth Farm will come alive with a full program of performances and talks, along with traditional and contemporary activities offering visitors a unique opportunity to reconnect with this historical property.

Photo James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

The day begins with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, followed by a corroboree by Nulungu Dreaming and performances by Gumaroy Newman.

Then join the fun and engaging drop-in activities on offer, including boomerang painting, weaving and Darug language workshops, as well as a live eel display.

Plus explore the house and gardens, sample eel cooked traditionally in paperbark by Fred's Bush Tucker and see Sydney Living Museums' colonial gastronomer, Jacqui Newling in the courtyard demonstrating the various ways colonists prepared eels.

Conclude the day with a meal by Indigenous food providers Kallico Catering.

Photo James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

Start planning your Eel Festival 2021 experience today! See the full line-up of events and activities and register your interest at
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When: Sunday 7 March, 10am to 3pm
Where: Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142
Cost: FREE EVENT - Registration recommended
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