LIGHTS, BEATS AND EATS

PETER MALECKI and his beloved 1976 VW Combo called Bridgette will be hard to miss at Lights, Beats and Eats at Castle Hill Showground on September 14.

The Bella Vista Barista spent three years building the van to house Roasters Rebellion, his mobile coffee van. The former Crestwood High School student has loved coffee since his teens and notched up 15 years in the coffee industry before hitting the road in his van six months ago.

“It has been a labour of love,” he said. He will join some of the best food trucks in the state on the Showground for the festival between 4pm and 9pm, including Gelato Messina, Pimp My Chimney, Smoking’ Grill Barbeque and Tsuru.

Will Lovehill from Chur Burger has added an OBF burger to the impressive menu offered by the gourmet van. A trained chef, he rose to the challenge and will be serving their famous grilled beef burger and American cheese in an orange milk bun with pickles, caramelised onions and an orange, spice ketchup.

Hills Shire Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne called the new OBF “bold, exciting, fresh and fun” and urged residents to save the date.

“We’ve pulled together an exciting lineup of entertainment and activities to keep you entertained and inspired throughout the evening, including top live music acts that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike, dazzling light installations, delicious gourmet street food, roving entertainment, face painting and so much more.”

Children’s entertainment group Lah- Lah’s Big Live Band from ABC Kids and dance and acrobatic group Dauntless Movement Crew will start a jammed-packed program of entertainment on the main stage from 4pm.

The X-Factor Australia Season Three winner Reece Mastin and Aussie rock legend Jon Stevens will keep the music coming. On top of all the fun on centre stage there will be roving entertainers including LED dancers, hula hoop performers and fire twirlers.

Castle Hill Showground will be transformed by beaming light installations, including trumpet flowers and giant inflatable mushrooms plus, there will be glow-in-the dark face painting and light-up fairy floss. There will even be a roller skating rink for the more adventurous. A huge fireworks display will draw the evening to a close at 9pm.

As well as Lights, Beats and Eats on September 14 there is a huge range of community events run as part of September’s Orange Blossom Festival including the Kenthurst Community Fair and street parade on Sunday, September 8 from 9am to 3pm at John Benyon Rotary Park, Kenthurst run by Kenthurst Rotary Club and the long-running Sydney Hills Garden Competition run by Hills Kellyville Rotary Club. www.orangeblossomfestival.com.au

A FEAST OBF EVENTS

September 1: Bella Vista Farm Open Day 9am to 2pm.
September 2: Seniors Dance at Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground www.365care.com.au
September 4 to 19: Hills Community Aid workshops www.hca.org.au
September 7 and 8: The Hills Schools Expo at 10am to 4pm. Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground:www.schoolexpo.com.au
September 7: Ride IN2BMX – Come and Try with Castle Hill BMX Club at Fred Caterson Reserve BMX track 1pm to 3pm. www.bmxnsw.com.au/castlehill/clubhome.aspx
September 8: Kenthurst Fair organised by The Rotary Club of Kenthurst at John Benyon
Rotary Park, Kenthurst 9am to 3pm. www.kenthurstrotaryclub.com.au
September 11: Computer Pals for Seniors Open Day from 10am to 1pm Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground www.cphills.org.au
September 14: Lights, Beats and Eats Castle Hill Showground, 4pm to 9pm.