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Celebrating the eel

March 15, 2017

Last Sunday was spent at the Eel Festival 2017, held within the beautiful grounds of Elizabeth Farm, Rosehill.  The festival celebrates the eel and its significance to the local Darug people known as Burramattagal, who would gather and feast, share yarns and trade around the time of the eel season.  I spent some time with the Galamban weavers making yarn to help build a giant eel trap sculpture and learned more about the grasses used to weave, the techniques and how the trap worked.  I also got the opportunity to taste some traditionally cooked eel, roo and croc - courtesy of Fred's Bush Tucker.  The markets were also a treat with a wide range of traditional arts and crafts on offer.  Keep an eye out for the next time this festival is on.  Well worth a visit.

 

 

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