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Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm - CANCELLED

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Published February 27th 2022
A family-friendly cultural event for all to enjoy
UPDATE 10/3: This event has been cancelled due to severe wet weather and the poor and hazardous site conditions of the gardens and grounds at Elizabeth Farm. Sydney Living Museums has made this difficult decision with the safety of our visitors, performers and facilitators in mind. For more information visit
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 13 March, celebrating Parramatta's Indigenous heritage and its fascinating story of Country.

Photo © Joshua Morris for Sydney Living Museums

Now in its seventh year, this family-friendly festival celebrates Parramatta's namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local Burramuttagal people, who would gather in autumn to trade goods and share stories and food.

The day begins with a Welcome to Country by Rhiannon Wright and a smoking ceremony, followed by a corroboree by Nulungu Dreaming and performances by Gumaroy Newman.

Photo © Joshua Morris for Sydney Living Museums

Then join the fun and engaging drop-in activities on offer, including boomerang painting, weaving and Darug language workshops.

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

FREE house entry is included on the day. Explore the house and gardens, join Sydney Living Museums' colonial gastronomer Dr Jacqui Newling in the courtyard to discover the various ways colonists prepared eels.

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Conclude the day with a meal by Indigenous food providers Kallico Catering and tea or coffee by Nomadic Cafe.

The day is a wonderful opportunity to learn about, engage with and celebrate Indigenous culture.

Photo © Joshua Morris for Sydney Living Museums

Start planning your Eel Festival 2022 experience today! See the full line-up of events and activities and register your interest at

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Where: Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142
Cost: FREE EVENT - Registration recommended
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