Thousands flock to Cabramatta Moon Festival

Premier Gladys Berejiklian knows that every day Cabramatta is important. But come Moon Festival, it is extra special.

"Cabramatta is the centre of NSW and the centre of Australia," Ms Berejiklian said.

"Millions and millions of people around the world celebrate the coming of the Moon Festival, where the daylight and the night time is equal, where the moon is at is brightest. But for us it is when Cabramatta is at its brightest, when the people of NSW come together to celebrate one of the best parts of our state."

The people of NSW come together to celebrate one of the best parts of our state.

GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN

Ms Berejiklian joined Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone to open the 21st edition of the Cabramatta Moon Festival on Sunday.

More than 90,000 people packed the Cabramatta CBD to celebrate the traditional harvest festival and soak in the colour and spirit of Australia's largest South East Asian community.

Visitors took in the traditional lion dances and children's lantern parades, sampled the cuisine from the variety of food stalls - including the new District 8 dining precinct - and had the chance to witness cultural performances throughout the day.

There were also a Hello Kitty performance, carnival games and rides, community demonstrations and market stalls culminating in a fireworks finale

The ever-popular prawn peeling, noodle and moon cake eating and children's chopstick challenges were also highlight.

SBS Pop Asia host Andy Trieu and K-Pop star Kevin Kim formed part of the evening schedule which featured performances from Harmony, DanceKool featuring Niramsin, and Australia's Got Talent grand finalists Lil Kookies with Kookies N Kream.

Mayor Carbone said the festival is about people, it's about heritage and it's about tradition.

"It's about where people come from and how people have used that tradition and that heritage to build this city and this nation," he said.

"We are so fortunate to have so many people from across the globe who have settled here over such a long period of time.

"The first migrant that came here to this city, John Williams in the late 1800s who was given a piece of land at Fairfield Showground, he brought his traditions just like you have.

"We all understand how important heritage is. That is what our nation is all about. It's about learning from people that came from overseas and using that and working together to bring a benefit to our community."

Food competition winners: Session one: Moon cake eating: Brendan Tran, Noodle soup eating: Trieu Huy Nham, Prawn Peeling: Raymond Duong and Children's chopstick: Brandon K Tran. Session two: Moon cake eating and Noodle soup eating: Yuan Teck Yeap, Prawn peeling: Hung Dang Lai and Children's chopstick: Kyra Smithard.