The Hills Shire Or­ange Blos­som Fes­ti­val is juicer than ever!

The Hills Shire will be treated to a month-long cel­e­bra­tion of food, mar­kets, art shows, ex­hi­bi­tions, live mu­sic and acts when The Hills Shire Or­ange Blos­som Fes­ti­val re­turns in Septem­ber.

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The com­mu­nity favourite, now in its 49th year, boasts a line-up of events and ac­tiv­i­ties big­ger than ever be­fore, keep­ing lo­cals and vis­i­tors en­ter­tained week af­ter week with rich and vi­brant sto­ries of cul­tural her­itage, lo­cal achieve­ment and di­ver­sity in The Hills.

This year’s Coun­cil Com­mu­nity Fun Day will be held on Sun­day, Septem­ber

16 at the his­toric Bella Vista Farm and will be ac­com­pa­nied by an ar­ray of com­mu­nity events held over the full

month, in­clud­ing Jazz at The Pines, Se­niors’ Dance, Bella Vista Farm Open Day, Pawsi­tive Steps To­wards Men­tal Health and Well­be­ing Expo, The Or­ange Blos­som Fes­ti­val An­nual Art Awards, Park Feast, The Art of Bon­sai and many more.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne, said The Hills Shire Or­ange Blos­som Fes­ti­val pro­gram con­tin­ued to grow and flour­ish, and 2018 would be no dif­fer­ent.

“What a fan­tas­tic way to cel­e­brate the end of win­ter and the start of spring than by at­tend­ing one of the great events that we have on of­fer as part of The Hills Shire’s Or­ange Blos­som Fes­ti­val,” Mayor Byrne said.

“The month long cel­e­bra­tion is an op­por­tu­nity for our friends, fam­ily and fel­low neigh­bours to come to­gether and en­joy all that our re­gion has to of­fer with food demon­stra­tions, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, com­mu­nity fes­ti­vals, mu­sic events and so much more. At­ten­dees (lit­er­ally) get a taste of what’s great about The Hills and what they can ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the year, in­clud­ing par­tic­i­pat­ing in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, join­ing sport­ing or vol­un­teer groups and en­joy­ing our main at­trac­tions.

“I look for­ward to this year’s Fes­ti­val and I hope to see you at one of these great events – mak­ing un­for­get­table mem­o­ries in the process,” Mayor Byrne added.

Coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity Fun Day at The Farm will in­clude eight zones which at­ten­dees can ex­plore. Each zone pro­motes ac­tiv­ity and play, and al­lows vis­i­tors on the day to meet like-minded peo­ple, groups and learn about their lo­cal com­mu­nity and how they can get more in­volved.

The crowd-pleas­ing food trucks re­turn to the com­mu­nity fun day to tan­ta­lise the taste­buds, while the best of Hills lo­cal tal­ent will be per­form­ing live on the Lo­cal Blooms Stage.

To keep the younger kids en­ter­tained, Coun­cil has made sure the day will be non-stop fun with a range of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing ball pits, ac­tiv­ity gar­dens, slides, games, tun­nels, face paint­ing and spe­cial per­for­mances by Splash Dance, The As­ton Mar­ti­nis and Syd­ney Swing Katz.

Older kids will be ex­cited to hear there is an en­tire zone ded­i­cated to them with thrilling amuse­ment rides and ac­tiv­i­ties, which span from break­danc­ing to rock climb­ing and a silent disco.

Green thumbs and gar­den en­thu­si­asts can learn more about con­ser­va­tion, and chil­dren can get their hands dirty by tak­ing part in an ed­i­ble gar­den work­shop, plant­ing their own seeds and get­ting creative with na­ture play.

Hype Band re­turns to the Syd­ney Hills with another ex­cit­ing cat­a­logue of rock/ pop acous­tic ren­di­tions, and sports en­thu­si­asts have an op­por­tu­nity to show off their skills in AFL, cricket, bas­ket­ball, net­ball, soc­cer and so much more.

And fi­nally, a fire­works dis­play will light up the sky and wrap up the day’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

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