Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm

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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.

10.10am – 10.30am

Welcome and Smoking Ceremony

Join us at the start of the day for the Welcome to Country by Uncle Greg Simms and traditional smoking ceremony by Uncle Wes Marne.

All day

Muru Mittigar Markets

Visit the renowned Muru Mittigar market stalls and shop for authentic Indigenous traditional and contemporary paintings, designs and artefacts.

Food & Drink

Tuck into a tasty BBQ lunch from Muru Mittigar, or enjoy homemade lemon myrtle scones with lilly pilly jam from the Elizabeth Farm Tearoom.

All available for purchase on the day.

Shuttle bus

A free shuttle bus will operate between Parramatta Station (Smith St), Parramatta Wharf (Charles St) and Elizabeth Farm from 10am – 4.15pm*.

*Last bus from Parramatta Station at 3.30pm and from the Wharf at 3.45pm approximately.

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

Activities, talks and demonstations

Georges River Aboriginal Riverkeeper team & Paul’s live eel display

All day

Meet members of the Georges River Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team and learn about the habitat of the eel and the Riverkeeper’s work in monitoring river health. Get hands on with water quality testing and even ‘meet’ an eel face-to-face with Paul’s live eel display. 

Get up close to an eel with Paul’s Live Eel Display. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Eel Trap Weaving & Sculpture

All day

Participate in an ancient southeast tradition of weaving using local natural materials and technologies passed through thousands of generations.  Learn how to make traditional yarn with the Galamban weavers group and add your string to a giant eel sculpture on site. 

Make traditional yarn with the Galamban Weavers Group. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Storytelling & woodcarving with Uncle Greg and Uncle Wes

From 11am

Hear Indigenous stories from Aboriginal elders Uncle Greg Simms and Uncle Wes Marne and watch as they demonstrate traditional woodcarving.

Uncle Greg Simms demonstrating traditional woodcarving. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

 

Demonstration – 1816 eel

11am, 12.30pm, 2pm

Join Sydney Living Museums’ colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling in the homestead’s kitchen as she demonstrates how to prepare collared eel using an 1816 recipe.

Sydney Living Museums gastronomer Jacqui Newling in the kitchen preparing collared eel. Photo James Horan

Curator Talk

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

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 Aboriginal people.
 

Join curator Scott Hill inside the colonial homestead. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Fred’s Bush Tucker & Cultural Cook-up

Join Fred’s Bush Tucker as he prepares a whole eel, wrapped in paperbark and cooked the traditional way, and afterwards enjoy a taste. A bush tucker BBQ lunch is also available for purchase. 

Lindsay Adam from Fred’s Bush Tucker preparing an eel to be cooked . Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums