Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm
This Event Is
10.10am – 10.30am
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.
Georges River Aboriginal Riverkeeper team & Paul’s live eel display
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.
Eel Trap Weaving & Sculpture
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.
Storytelling & woodcarving with Uncle Greg and Uncle Wes
Hear Indigenous stories from Aboriginal elders Uncle Greg Simms and Uncle Wes Marne and watch as they demonstrate traditional woodcarving.
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.
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.
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.