Eel Festival

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Eel Festival
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Sydney Living Museums Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm

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

They may not be the most cuddly creates 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. The event will feature demonstrations, talks and tours, all centred around the humble eel.

Get up close and personal with eels and learn about their role in predicting the health of our river systems with the Georges River Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team. Join the Galamban Weavers and discover the technique behind the local weaving practice that's been passed down for thousands of years.

The theme extends to the food – there’ll be cooked eel to sample, including a recipe from 1861 prepared by Sydney Living Museum’s resident colonial gastronomy expert, Jacqui Newling. Those feeling less adventurous can opt for homemade lemon myrtle scones with cream and lilly pilly jam instead.

To help get you there a free shuttle service will run throughout the day from Parramatta Railway Station to Parramatta Ferry Wharf.

By: Tamar Cranswick

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