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Eel Festival 2019 - FREE Event

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

Discover the Indigenous heritage of Parramatta, on Darug country.

The popular, annual Eel Festival returns to Elizabeth Farm on Sunday 3 March, celebrating Parramatta's Indigenous heritage and its fascinating story of Country.

Photo © Alex Wisser for Sydney Living Museums

Now in its fourth year, this family-friendly festival celebrates Parramatta's namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local Darug people, known as the Burramattagal, 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 music and song along with traditional and contemporary activities, offering visitors a unique opportunity to reconnect with this hugely historical property.

Photo © Alex Wisser for Sydney Living Museums

Enjoy the performances and entertainment, celebrate Indigenous culture and connect to Country. Join the fun and engaging activities on offer, with storytelling at the yarning circle, weaving, boomerang painting and more.

The festival program includes the opportunity to get up close with eels, attend talks and tours, and taste delicious food. Learn about bush foods and traditional cookery techniques with Uncle Fred from Fred's Bush Tucker.

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

You can also step inside the colonial homestead and learn more about the connections between the original owners of Elizabeth Farm, John and Elizabeth Macarthur, and the local Indigenous people.

Start planning your Eel Festival 2019 experience today! See the full line-up of events and activities and register your interest at

Photo © Alex Wisser for Sydney Living Museums
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When: Sunday 3 March 2019, 10am–4pm
Where: Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill NSW 2142
Cost: FREE entry
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