Cabramatta moon fest celebrates culture and cuisine

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Cabramatta Moon Festival 2017
Cabramatta Moon Festival 2016

More than 90,000 visitors expected as streets burst into festivities on 24 Sept; flavours of moon cake available; fireworks display at 8 pm

Fairfield City Council’s Cabramatta Moon Festival, on Sunday 24 September, will be a showcase of the City’s diverse community coming together to celebrate as one.

Recognised as Sydney’s largest South East Asian cultural event, the Cabramatta Moon Festival attracts more than 90,000 visitors each year.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said there were more than 100 different cultures living in Fairfield City.

“Each year our communities unite to share and celebrate this rich South East Asian tradition of the Moon Festival,” Mayor Carbone said. “Fairfield City has become an epicentre for positive and healthy cultural diversity. The Festival is a showcase of global cultures, food and a variety of performances.”

“The festival is about celebrating world culture and the entertainment will take you to all corners of the globe”
— Mayor Carbone

Food plays an important role in many cultures as it unites and strengthens bonds between friends and family. Such is the case with the Moon Cake, a traditional sweet of this annual celebration, which is given as gifts signifying a long, happy life with much prosperity for the coming year. Today, you can find a variety of moon cake flavours including chocolate, ice-cream, coconut milk and green tea.

“Each year our festival stages are jam-packed with fantastic live entertainment. The festival is about celebrating world culture and the entertainment will take you to all corners of the globe,” Mayor Carbone said.

Other festival highlights include X-Factor winner and Eurovision finalist Dami Im, My Kitchen Rules favourites David and Betty, Peppa Pig, the Minions, lion dance demonstrations, the children’s lantern parade led by the beautiful Moon Goddess, food competitions, martial arts demonstrations and performances by our talented local school groups.

The Moon Festival celebrates the annual Moon Harvest and is observed across South East Asia during September. This is the time of the autumn equinox, when the moon is at its highest point. It is a time that symbolises prosperity, peace and family reunion.

When: Sunday, 24 September; special fireworks display at 8 pm
Where: The streets of Cabramatta
Visit www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/moonfestival, “Like” Cabramatta—A taste of Asia on Facebook page or follow @FairfieldCity on Instagram for more information.

 

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