Eel Festival

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Denis Payne helps out as Fred, the Bush Tucker Man, prepares an eel for the barbeque
Photograph: James Horan

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How much do you know about eels? Find out more at Parramatta's Eel Festival

They may not be the most cuddly creatures but eels are an important animal for Parramatta’s local Darug people, the Burramattagal tribe, and are the namesake of the area.  

Get to know more about these underwater creatures and their significance in Indigenous culture at the Eel Festival, presented by Sydney Living Museums. Now in its fourth year the event will feature demonstrations, talks and tours, all centred around the humble eel.

The day at Elizabeth Farm will being with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, followed by a corroboree performed by Nulungu Dreaming. Leading Indigenous performer, cultural storyteller and poet Gumaroy Newman will be the headline act, playing the Yidaki (didgeridoo).

Visitors will also have the chance to learn the Darug language from local cultural leaders, share stories about the Parramatta River in the yarning circle, and join the weaving and boomerang painting workshops.

It’ll be eels for lunch, with Fred’s Bush Tucker serving them traditionally smoked. For dessert, head to Elizabeth Farm Tearooms for tea and scones.

The festival is free to attend, but you'll need to register to ensure your spot.

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