Eel Festival 2018
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.
Drop in throughout the day and paint a boomerang with eel motifs – yours to take home as a keepsake.
Food & Tastings
Fred’s Bush Tucker & cultural cook-up
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.
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.
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.
Free shuttle bus
The free return shuttle will operate between Parramatta Station (Smith Street), Parramatta Wharf (Charles Street) and Elizabeth Farm from 9.30am to 4.15pm.
Free shuttle bus from Parramatta Station to Elizabeth Farm approximate departure times:
9.30am, 10.15am, 11.00am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2.00pm, 2.45pm
Free shuttle bus from Parramatta Wharf to Elizabeth Farm approximate departure times:
9.45am, 10.30am, 11.15am, 12.00pm, 12.45pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3.00pm
Share & Win
In celebration of the Eel Festival, share your photos from the event on Instagram for your chance to win a $100 Westfield gift card.
To be in the running:
- Snap a photo
- Post it on Instagram
- Tag image with hashtag #Eel Festival @sydlivmus @murumittigar
Entries close 11.59pm, 11/3/2018.