For the first time in its 13-year history, Bella Vista Farm Park was the venue for the annual Norwest Community Festival, held on a warm afternoon in late September with over 1000 people attending.
Norwest Community Festival is hosted by Mulpha Norwest, owners and developers of Norwest Business Park, for the enjoyment of the community and to foster good relationships within the estate.
This year the Festival was partnered by the Friends of Bella Vista Farm during the annual Orange Blossom Festival, and supported by Hills Shire Council.
The Festival provided a wonderful opportunity for residents of the Norwest community to gather with neighbours, friends and family in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, with something for everyone.
For the cost of a $5 armband, children enjoyed having their faces painted and unlimited rides including the giant slide, mini putt putt golf, cup and saucer rides, storm ride, roller coaster, and feeding the baby animals in the animal farm.
While the children enjoyed the rides and a roving magician, the adults enjoyed live music by the popular and talented 3 Way Split band, and were able to engage with their children in a range of games including tug-o-war and three-legged races.
With Bella Vista Farm the home of the first Merino Sheep Farm in Australia, and the foundation of the Australian citrus fruit industry, festival-goers could immerse themselves in Australia’s history with tea and scones in the charming gardens and courtyard of the original homestead and a tour of the homestead interiors and out-buildings dating from the original gran to Joseph Foveaux in 1799.
There was no shortage of refreshments with the volunteers from Crestwood Lions Club putting on a barbecue of steak and sausage sandwiches and vege burgers, and a food truck on site offering a wide range of food options including popular pulled pork rolls.
Event Manager Tuula Schaeffer from Connections said the festival was a huge success and the heritage Bella Vista Farm Park the perfect venue.
“So many local residents came to enjoy the festive atmosphere and enjoy all the music, food and rides on offer.
“The local residents continue to amaze me with their eagerness to support community events and their friendliness. Everyone came out to enjoy the beautiful spring day, and to catch up with neighbours and old friends,” Tuula said.
“It is days like these which make Norwest the wonderful place it is to live and work.”