Cabramatta Moon Festival: Food and festivities fill the day

Cabramatta Moon Festival. Photo Wesley Lonergan.
Cabramatta Moon Festival. Photo Wesley Lonergan.
Dami Im will be performing at this year's Cabramatta Moon Festival

Dami Im will be performing at this year's Cabramatta Moon Festival

THE streets of Cabramatta will transform into a cultural extravaganza this Father's Day when the region celebrates its biggest street party: the Cabramatta Moon Festival.

The event on September 7 is expected to attract more than 90,000 people from all over Sydney.

They will be treated to noodle eating, prawn peeling and moon cake eating contests, traditional lion dancing, performances, culinary delights and a lantern parade led by a Moon Goddess before a finale of colourful fireworks.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said the event would be a haven for food lovers, with festival-goers being treated to cooking demonstrations, entertainment and a jam-packed program of activities.

"The Moon Festival is a traditional Asian harvest celebration in the northern hemisphere, held on the full moon in autumn every year," he said.

"It's one of the grandest celebrations in Asian cultures. Customs associated with the festival include gathering with family and friends, the making and sharing of moon cakes, lion dances and the carrying of brightly lit lanterns."

For the first time this year, there will be a Vietnamese fresh spring roll competition taking place on the Blue Star Airconditioning Stage, with the winner receiving a $200 voucher to be spent at Huong Xua Vietnamese Restaurant in Cabramatta or Canley Heights.

Fathers will be treated to a fishing exhibition and can learn how to fish with the Australian Travelling Fishing Show.

There's also a monster truck display.

But the highlight on the day will be a performance by 2013 X Factor winner Dami Im, who will perform her latest single Gladiator.

Children's favourite Bananas in Pyjamas will also perform, followed by a meet and greet at 2pm.

Families can enjoy amusement rides and games on the day, as well as martial arts demonstrations, live cooking demonstrations on the Mekong Mounties Group Stage and gourmet food and market stalls.

The event will run from 9am to 8pm. For more information, click here.


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