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THE ANNUAL EEL FESTIVAL ELIZABETH FARM

SUNDAY 3 MARCH, CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS HERITAGE AND ITS FASCINATING STORY OF COUNTRY

 

A family-friendly festival celebrating 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.

 

Sunday 3 March, Elizabeth Farm will come alive with a program of music along with traditional and contemporary activities offering visitors a unique opportunity to reconnect with this historical property.

 

Share stories of the Parramatta River in the yarning circle

 

Learn Darug language in sessions throughout the day 

 

Enjoy weaving and boomerang painting inspired by themes from the eel totem.

 

Sample a variety of foods from traditionally smoked eel made by Fred’s Bush Tucker and ready-to-eat delicious Indigenous Food. Sample a smoked eel and cucumber canapé in the 1820s kitchen and hear about the Macarthur’s smokehouses and the various ways that colonial people enjoyed eels.

 

Enjoy Music  by contemporary Aboriginal performing artist and award winning poet, Gumaroy Newman playing the Yidaki (Didgeridoo).

 

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. Visitors can also enjoy a delightful Devonshire Tea in the Elizabeth Farm Tearooms.

 

What:   The annual Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm
When:  Sunday 3 March, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Where:  Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill
Entry:  FREE

A complimentary return shuttle bus service between Parramatta Station (Smith Street) and Elizabeth Farm, is available from Parramatta Station and Parramatta Wharf.

More Details: The land of the eels