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Published September 9th 2015
Moon festivals are an important event in the Chinese Lunar calendar, celebrating the harvest of the year. People come together when the moon is at its fullest, according to a Chinese saying, and these colourful events will certainly draw a crowd. There's a load of entertainment to be had, activities to participate in and a feast of food to indulge in and experience.
Here are four favourites in the city and its suburbs.
University of Sydney
The Chinese Studies Centre have developed this moon festival for all to enjoy. Highlights include moon cake tasting and the Tsuru Food Truck Garden, a Luck Wall, traditional live music performances and a costumes photo booth. Add workshops, such as tea appreciation, Tai Ji and traditional paper cutting, and you've got a jam-packed 2 hours.
Furthermore, there's a photography exhibition and an Over the Moon Instagram Competition. Share your moon-inspired photo and be in the chance to win some money. Just tag #sydmoonfest, #student or #staff and @sydney_uni.
Where: Eastern Avenue, New Law Building lawns When: 24th September, noon-2pm Website:whatson.sydney.edu.au/events
Home to a large Chinese and Korean community, Eastwood is putting on festivities in various places within the suburb. In the library, you will find a huge mural from street artist Heesco, depicting the rich heritage of Eastwood and at the oval a Korean Festival will showcase modern and traditional activities and performances.
It's a family affair so bring the clan down for an interesting day of fun. At the Eastwood Hotel from noon, there will be plenty of markets and food stalls plus arts and crafts, a petting zoo and face painting until 4pm.
A Children's Lantern Procession will start from 5.30pm. Lion dancers will lead the parade to Eastwood Mall and then on to the library. Join in and bring your own lantern or get a free one with safe lights at the hotel, thanks to Eastwood Rotary.
Image courtesy of Eastwood Moon Festival Facebook page
Music and performances, food stalls and art are on offer. Children are well catered for with a new lantern workshop and a Bollywood dance, balloon twisting and face painting. A hip hop dance will get young persons bopping whilst Korean drumming and a Tae Kwon Do performance will keep you fascinated.
Traditional Chinese dancers will also perform and a lion dance is part and parcel of these celebrations.
A full program should be released soon. For more detail in coming days, visit the website below.
Where: Town Square, Cnr Mary St & Rider Blvd When: 26th September, noon-7pm Website:www.rmca.org.au
This one's a huge celebration attracting over 90,000 visitors in Sydney's west and the highlights this year are the Minions, from those Despicable Me movies. Two live performances on the Blue Star Air Conditioning Stage in Railway Parade at 2.25pm and 4.30pm will delight young and old. A meet and greet tent will allow you to get a selfie with these lovable yellow and blue clad characters from 3.30-4.00pm. The kids can also get creative in the Loony Minions Laboratory of Despicable Me 2 with the making of their own clay version of a Minion.
But that's not all. There's also Hoot and Hootabelle's Owl Pal Playdate performing live at noon and 2pm. They have a meet and greet tent as well, from 1-1.30pm. Other entertainment includes cultural performances and former The Voice contestant, Prinnie Stevens. A human snow globe will also entertain. Step inside for free and play with the fluffy snow and take a few pics.
Gourmet food and market stalls will abound and there's some awesome competitions with Minions, Giggle and Hoot prize packs up for grabs via Facebook page, Cabramatta - A Taste of Asia. Then there's the food comps to compete in on the day. How fast can you peel prawns, eat a mooncake or slurp a bowl of noodle soup? You can try all of these but make sure you register first at the Mekong Mounties Group stage. Prizes are available here too with competitions commencing at 1pm and 4pm.
Image courtesy of Cabramatta - A Taste of Asia Facebook page
A lantern parade and a fashion parade, lion dance, amusement rides and a fireworks finale round out the interest.