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Sydney Celebrates Ramadan 2019


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It’s that time of year again when Sydney’s various Islamic communities get set to open their doors and celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. This year Sydney will celebrate the holy month between 5th May and 5th June. For Muslims, this month is the most important month in their religious calendar and is a time of fasting and prayer as they fast between dawn and dusk. But come nightfall, and the community enjoys lively evenings of feasting and entertainment. You don’t need to be a Muslim to enjoy one of the biggest culinary events on the city’s calendar. The celebrations are open to everybody who loves great food, a lively crowd and a fun party atmosphere. With so much going on, this year’s Ramadan looks set to be a feast for the senses as well as the stomachs.

Lakemba Night Markets

Lakemba has emerged as a foodie favourite in recent years, and there’s no better time to sample the goods on offer than at Ramadan. Get set to try some exotic Asian and Middle Eastern delicacies at Lakemba’s Ramadan night markets. The markets run from 5 pm to 2 am every night of the holy month and this year’s market promises to be livelier than ever. The Iftar menu will consist of samples from Lebanon, Syria, Malaysia, Pakistan, Palestine and Indonesia. Sample special Ramadan bread (kaak) from Pakistan, celebration desserts from Turkey and even a camel burger. You can then wash it down with Lebanese coffee and rock-hard Turkish Ice cream.

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Just take the train to Lakemba station and you’ll immediately see Haldon Street. Just follow the sounds and smells to where the action is.

Eid Festival

The end of Ramadan or Eid is the biggest day on the Islamic calendar and there’ll be parties aplenty, especially in Sydney’s west. In its 34th year, the Eid festival at Fairfield showground is the longest running Eid festival in Sydney and brings together stallholders and delicacies from Sydney’s 35 different Muslim communities.

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Think kebab, gozleme and kofte from Turkey, alongside hearty Indian lentil curries and creamy Malaysian laksas. There’s also plenty of entertainment to feast your eyes on including circus performances, fire breathers and folk dancing. If you’ve never been to an Eid festival before, this one’s the one to go to.

Auburn Street Food Festival

Put May 18th in your diary, as this is when the locals in Auburn take to the streets with a stunning array of street foods in a fun and lively community atmosphere. There’ll be food trucks and stall galore to provide you with that authentic Ramadan dining experience under the stars. This is great festival for vegans too. Vegans too. Keep your eyes out for Koshari Korner, which serves up Egyptian falafel and koshari, along with hibiscus tea and Baklava. Also try some vegan treats from Love and Peace Ethiopian.


Of course, there’ll be other events going on around town. Check out local council websites for more information, and remember, as most of these events are street food events, parking is going to be very limited. Check transport NSW website for timetables and Ramadan mubarek olsun.


Contributor Linda Paull