2017 Cabramatta Moon Festival
Summer-like weather on Sunday made for a great day out for more than 90,000 people who came to enjoy Fairfield City’s annual Cabramatta Moon Festival.
Master of Ceremonies and Seven News presenter Mark Ferguson hosted the official ceremony and welcomed back Dami Im to the Cabramatta Moon Festival.
Local young Bossley Park High School student Olina Loau delighted crowds singing Advance Australia Fair, as well as paying tribute to headline act Dami Im by singing Dami’s song “Sound Of Silence”.
This was followed by an official opening count down by Mayor Frank Carbone and Dami Im, confetti cannons and coloured glitter showering the audience, Lion Dancers performed in front of the stage, to declare the Cabramatta Moon Festival officially open.
Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said Cabramatta Moon Festival is recognised as one of the county’s largest and brightest South-East Asian cultural celebrations.
“This year’s Moon Festival was a great success once again,” Mayor Carbone said. “The 90,000 crowd of people from all over Sydney joined us to celebrate our unique event and made it a safe and welcoming day.
“Moon Festival enables Council to showcase the success of our City’s diversity and together celebrate an important event on the South-East Asian calendar.
“It’s not only a great family day out, but it draws people to our City to experience the authentic cuisines and colourful culture we have to offer.
“The Festival is also great for our local economy as it helps to drive business and generate local jobs.”
Food lovers enjoyed substantial fare from Cabramatta’s 140 restaurants, as well as treats from the dozens of stalls selling moon cakes, noodles, seafood, fresh coconut juice, sweet corn and more. The meat jerky, fairy floss and snack foods were popular, as were the 10 specialty food trucks on site and the engaging Bearded Bakers making their Jerusalem street dessert, knafeh.
The festival included crowd favourites such as the pho eating, moon cake eating and one-handed prawn peeling competitions, and the children’s chopstick challenge. The sideshow games and amusement rides such as a giant slide, dodgems, Hurricane and Round Up were also very popular.
Headline act Dami Im was a huge hit and left no one in doubt as to why she captured much world-wide attention at Eurovision 2016. Dami sang some of her original songs as well as a few of her favourites.
Children were enthralled when they had the chance to meet Peppa and George Pig and have selfies taken with them, and to also meet the Minions. They were also kept busy with face painting and craft activities, dinosaur riding, a jumping castle and more.
A new attraction at this year’s festival, a Moon art installation, also proved popular, with people queuing to take their photo in front of the 2.4m diameter moon, which featured LED lights programmed to change colour and animate the art piece.
The evening ended with an amazing fireworks display hosted by AirAsia that lit up the sky with 6,000 individual fireworks, launched from two locations over the town centre.
Fairfield City Council thanks all of the 200 volunteers, Cabramatta LAC – NSW Police Force, St John’s Ambulance, PCYC and Fire and Rescue NSW and the many community groups who provided assistance in the lead up to and on the day of the event. Without the continued support of our volunteers and valued sponsors a festival of this scale would not be possible.
Winners from our food competitions
- Noodle soup eating: Hai Dang (David) Nguyen
- Moon cake eating: Chris Isouand
- Prawn peeling comp: Qiuyan Wu
- Noodle soup eating: Kevin Tu
- Moon cake eating: Michael Pham
- Prawn peeling comp: Marisa Magiros
- Children's chopsticks challenge: Pui Jin Yap