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Muslims flock to Lakemba in Sydney for a late night Ramadan feast 

Thousands of late night revelers flocked for a few delicious late night feasts in the holy month of Ramadan.

Streets in Lakemba, in Sydney’s west, transform into a food festival where street stalls sell many different foods for the breaking of the fast, known as Iftar.

Stalls begin to sell food items from about 4pm and continue into the early hours of the morning, just before Muslims must start their fast again.  

Late night revelers (pictured)  flocked for a few delicious late night feasts in the holy month of Ramadan in Lakemba

Hungry Muslims and non-Muslims line up to try some traditional Middle Eastern/Arab foods in the heart of Lakemba

Hungry Muslims and non-Muslims line up to try some traditional Middle Eastern/Arab foods in the heart of Lakemba

A worker is seen scraping delicious, hot shawarma (chicken) to make a kebab for a hungry person wanting to enjoy a late night meal

A worker is seen scraping delicious, hot shawarma (chicken) to make a kebab for a hungry person wanting to enjoy a late night meal

Monstrous burgers of chicken, meat, or kafta (minced meat mixed with spices and/or onions) prepared, with baklava sweets (above) for a little cheat snack

Monstrous burgers of chicken, meat, or kafta (minced meat mixed with spices and/or onions) prepared

Monstrous burgers of chicken, meat, or kafta (minced meat mixed with spices and/or onions) prepared, with baklava sweets (above left) for a little snack

Chicken shawarma and kafta cooked over a smoky BBQ for a delicious and unique taste 

Chicken shawarma and kafta cooked over a smoky BBQ for a delicious and unique taste 

Fresh corn ready to be placed on the BBQ or boiled. Corn on the cob is a delicious way to balance meals with something light

Fresh corn being boiled

Fresh corn ready to be placed on the BBQ or boiled. Corn on the cob is a delicious way to balance meals with something light 

Family and friends walk up and down the busy streets to experience the delicious traditional food and drinks on offer.

People will be able to try main dishes such as kebabs, burgers, mini meat pizzas, and corn on the cob.

Desserts include the famous and delicious Knafeh, traditional Middle Eastern baklava, chocolate coated strawberries and marshmellows, and fairy floss.

Non-Muslims are encouraged to visit and experience the variety of foods on offer in this special month.

Four friends smiling and laughing as they enjoy the different meals from the Lakemba food stalls in the holy month

Four friends smiling and laughing as they enjoy the different meals from the Lakemba food stalls in the holy month

Grab a marshmallow or strawberry kebab and dip it in the mouth watering chocolate fountain 

Grab a marshmallow or strawberry kebab and dip it in the mouth watering chocolate fountain 

Food stall owners to make ice cream crepes filled with Nutella and other fillings for those looking for a delicious dessert

Ice cream filled crepes

Food stall owners to make ice cream crepes (right) filled with Nutella and other fillings for those looking for a delicious dessert

A man is preparing fairy floss for those who want to enjoy a bit of a light sweet dish, rather than the usual Middle Eastern sweets

A man is preparing fairy floss for those who want to enjoy a bit of a light sweet dish, rather than the usual Middle Eastern sweets

Ramadan, is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims all over the world. 

One of the five pillars of Islam, Ramadan is a month where Muslims commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad.  

Muslims spend the day fasting from sunrise before having their first meal, Iftar, at sunset. 

They are allowed to eat a few minutes before sunrise, known as Imsaak.

After 30-days of fasting, Muslims have a three day celebration known as Eid al-Fitr.

Friends and family get together, and exchange gifts, money and share their meals.  

It is an official holiday in all Muslim countries. 

Two friends are enjoying a plate of food at the Lakemba street food stalls during the holy month of Ramadan

Two friends are enjoying a plate of food at the Lakemba street food stalls during the holy month of Ramadan

A bit of a light refreshment. Fresh juice, and other drinks for those who want to pair their meals with a cool drink 

A bit of a light refreshment. Fresh juice, and other drinks for those who want to pair their meals with a cool drink 

 

 



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