THE Hills region will once again be treated to a fun weekend of tasty food, top music acts and activities with the return of both the Orange Blossom Festival and the Sydney Country Music Festival next month.
The Orange Blossom Festival starts on Friday, September 6, with the Sydney Food Trucks visiting The Hills for the first time.
Six gourmet food trucks will roll into town for the September 6 launch night of the three-day Orange Blossom Festival — one of The Hills Council's longest-running events.
The launch on Main Street will see Old Northern Road, Castle Hill, closed for an evening of food, fun and music.
The Al Carbón food truck will serve north Mexican food while the other trucks include the MasterChef food truck, Agape Organic food truck, The Veggie Patch Van, Tsuru, and Cantina Mobil.
On Saturday, September 7, the festival continues with more entertainment, markets and activities at The Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Fine Food Market.
Farmers, chefs and bakers sell fresh produce including organic breads, home made pasta, cheeses, jams and relishes.
Local pastry chef Michael Jamison of Jam Tarte will whip together a variety of cakes and pastries including his in-demand almond croissants.
He said fresh produce was important to shoppers.
"People are very educated in food these days because of TV food shows," Mr Jamison said.
"They are looking for handmade and homemade."
The action-packed weekend will also feature kids' activities including games, free face painting and a jumping castle, library story time and entertainment on stage.
The Sydney Country Music Festival is on Saturday, September 7, at Bella Vista Farm Park.
From 6pm families are invited to come down, bring a picnic rug and sample gourmet food while listening to a jam-packed schedule of music.
To add to the day, the Sydney Country Music Festival is bringing top country music acts to The Hills including Troy Cassar-Daley, McAlister Kemp, Adam Eckersley Band, Chelsea Basham, Ruby Boots and The Wolverines.
Sydney Country Music Festival organiser Belinda Sparks said The Hills was an ideal location to hold a country music event.
"Bella Vista Farm is a stunning location," Ms Sparks said.
"With the colonial feeling, all the buildings and the natural environment, it fits perfectly with a country- style event."
Details: Adults $28, kids under 8, free. Buy online: sydneycountrymusicfestival.com.au.
The Orange Blossom festival will end on Sunday, September 8, with the Kenthurst Fair and Gala Concert at Keith Benyon Park in Kenthurst.
The Orange Blossom Festival annual art awards opening night and presentation is on Friday, September 6 at 7pm.
It will remain open every day, 10am-4pm, from Saturday, September 7 to Sunday, September 15.
All artwork is for sale.
On Sunday, September 22 the 31st Castle Hill BMX Club Orange Blossom Open is at 10am at the Castle Hill BMX Track, Fred Caterson Reserve, Caterson Drive, Castle Hill. Free.
■ Details: thehills.nsw.gov.au.