Orange Blossom Festival – Lights, Beats and Eats deemed a success

Published on 17 September 2019

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Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne has declared Orange Blossom Festival – Lights, Beats and Eats a “great success” after more than 10,000 people attended the community event at Castle Hill Showground on Saturday, September 14.

“I’m so proud of the work that went into this year’s festival. We pulled together an impressive program of events and activities that included something for everyone, and it was wonderful to witness so many residents and visitors attending Council’s 2019 Orange Blossom Festival,” Mayor Byrne said.

“This Festival has been happening for more than 50 years. In fact, it started out as a humble garden competition, and has now grown to become an event that harnesses all of the Hills Shire’s vibrancy, creativity, zest and spirit. The festival provided the perfect opportunity to come together and celebrate everything that is great about our community. It was also a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends. 

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate everyone who has been involved in this year’s Festival. I also want to thank Council Officers, volunteers and emergency services for making Orange Blossom Festival – Lights, Beats and Eats such a special occasion,” Mayor Byrne added.

Main features on the night included light installations and special guest performances from Aussie rock legend Jon Stevens and X-Factor Australia Season Three winner Reece Mastin, as well as a fireworks display, food trucks, retro skating and roving entertainment.

Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band from ABC Kids and Dauntless Movement Crew also performed at the community favourite.

Although Council’s signature community event is over for another year, Hills residents can still enjoy a diverse range of Orange Blossom Festival associated events, which are happening throughout the month of September.

The full program is available online at the Orange Blossom Festival website,