Eel Festival 2018

The family-friendly Eel Festival celebrates Parramatta’s namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local Darug people, known as the Burramattagal, who would gather during eel season to feast, trade goods and share stories and food.

This event is presented in partnership with Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural & Education Centre.

Welcome to Country

10.00am – 10.30am

Join us at the start of the day with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by Darug woman Leanne Watson, followed by Jessy Mckinless from Nulungu Dreaming performing the corroboree. 


Darug language workshops 

11.15am & 2.45pm

Step inside the colonial homestead with Leanne Watson and Rhiannon Wright to learn about the Darug language.

Demonstration – collared eel

11.45am & 3.15pm

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


1pm – 1.30pm

Listen to stories of the river told by an Aboriginal cultural educator from Muru Mittigar.

Live eel display 

10am – 3pm

Meet live eels up close and learn about their habitat.

Boomerang Painting

All day

Drop in throughout the day and paint a boomerang with eel motifs – yours to take home as a keepsake.

Fred, the Bush Tucker Man. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Food & Tastings

Fred’s Bush Tucker & cultural cook-up

From 10.30am

Watch as a whole eel is wrapped in paperbark and cooked the traditional way, and then taste the results. A bush tucker barbecue lunch is also available for purchase.

Kallico Catering

From 10.30am

Treat yourself to something scrumptiously different, made from bush tucker foods used in innovative ways.

Elizabeth Farm Tearoom

Enjoy freshly made sweet treats using Indigenous ingredients.

Stiff Gins. Photo courtesy Stiff Gins

Musical performances

12.15pm - Stiff Gins

1.30pm - Gumaroy Newman

2.15pm - Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir

The day’s music line-up includes contemporary Aboriginal performing artist and award winning poet, Gumaroy Newman playing the Yidaki (Didgeridoo), performances from the acclaimed Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir singing in variety of Aboriginal languages and a special guest appearance from Indigenous music act, the Stiff Gins.

Visit the Elizabeth Farm homestead

Step inside the colonial homestead throughout the day and learn more about the connections between the original owners of Elizabeth Farm, John and Elizabeth Macarthur, and the local Indigenous people with curator Dr Scott Hill.

Free event

When & Where

Sunday 11 March 2018 10AM–4PM

Elizabeth Farm

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

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