Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm

This family-friendly festival celebrates Parramatta’s namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local Darug people known as the Burramattagal who for generations have gathered during eel season to feast, trade and share stories.

See and touch live eels, discover how they are used to determine the health of our local river systems and try your hand at testing water quality with the Georges River Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team.  Learn how to make traditional yarn with the Galamban weavers group and add your string to a giant eel sculpture on site. 

Sample traditionally cooked eel with Fred’s Bush Tucker while Sydney Living Museums' own colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling cooks eel using a colonial recipe. Step inside the colonial homestead with curator Scott Hill and learn more about the connections between John and Elizabeth Macarthur, who built Elizabeth Farm, and the local Indigenous people.

Renowned Indigenous market stalls from Muru Mittigar Markets will sell authentic traditional and contemporary goods alongside ready-to-eat food stalls offering delicious bush tucker. The Elizabeth Farm tearooms will also be open, selling lemon myrtle scones with cream and lilly pilly jam.

A special free shuttle bus to Elizabeth Farm, arranged by the Sydney Bus Museum, will operate on the day between Parramatta Railway Station and Parramatta Ferry Wharf.

Entry is FREE

No bookings required

When & Where

Sunday 12 March 2017 10AM–4PM

Elizabeth Farm

70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142
+61 2 9635 9488