Jump on carnival rides, see traditional performances and peruse diverse market stalls at the largest festival of its kind in Australia
Bringing together thousands of Sydney residents from more than 35 communities across the city, the Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair (MEFF) is a celebration following the religious holiday Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. This continuously evolving event has been running for 34 years at the Fairfield Showground, and this year will include more than 150 market stalls, traditional live performances, carnival rides, animal shows and art workshops.
You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to lunch. There’s every kind of kebab, gozleme and kofte you could wish for, as well as traditional Pakistani dishes, salty potato snacks, Indian-influenced curries and a flood of fresh sugarcane juice. Wander further into the market for clothing, jewellery, books and homewares, and pick up a free showbag while you’re there.
While the little ones get colourful making craft in the kids’ corner or have their faces painted for free, unleash your inner-child on the fair rides or see a traditional folk dances, songs and plays on the central stage. There’s a huge variety of events the whole family can enjoy, with circus performances, magic shows, fire-breathers and fireworks entertaining the crowd throughout the day and into the evening.
Congregational prayer is available for men and women during the festivities.