The 33rd annual Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair (MEFF) welcomed thousands of people from the Australian Multicultural community at Fairfield Showground on Sunday 10 July 2016.
As one of the most anticipated events on the multicultural calendar, MEFF is the first, the largest and the longest-running Eid Festival in Australia, welcoming all Australians of various faiths and cultural background.
The event was a tremendous success with a record crowd attending, around 100 interesting market and international food stalls, thrilling rides, showground entertainment and a life size baby dinosaur, Tarek the T-Rex!
MEFF 2016 was held successfully through the sponsorship of Human Appeal International and support of the Islamic Foundation for Education & Welfare, IFEW, with the Australasian Muslim Times AMUST as its Media Partner.
Well respected community leaders from the Muslim and interfaith community attended along with state and federal politicians. The speakers at the MEFF Eid Lunch, Dr Jeremy Jones, Dr Eman Sharobeem, Mr Mehmet Saral, Mr Luke Foley and Dr Jamil Farooqui praised the 32 long track record of MEFF and acknowledged the vision of Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad, the founder of MEFF for this great ongoing celebration of Australian Multiculturalism.
Mr Chris Hayes, Federal MP for Fowler, Mr Jihad Dib, State MP for Lakemba and NSW Shadow Minister of Education and Ms Tanya Davies MP representing The Hon John Ajaka, NSW Minister of Multiculturalism as well as Mr Ali Alsalami, current MEFF President addressed the crowd from the main stage during the Opening Ceremony.
The festival was turned into a multicultural marketplace selling traditional cultural dresses, jewellery, books, artworks and henna art – it was a great source of bargain shopping.
The festival also offers the best in providing sumptuous international food. The attendees were delighted to see Uyghur cuisine for the very first time this year at MEFF. Besides the variety of Ice-cream, slushies and Churros, other food included Doner kebabs, Turkish Gozleme, Vietnamese cuisine, a variety of food from Pista House Restaurant from Auburn and Lakemba, and typical Pakistani & Indian cuisine from the popular Himalaya Restaurant
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