It's a very rare event to find snow or ice at Port Adelaide, but Winterfest in the Hart's Mill precinct is going to be one of those occasions. Renewal SA, the official party organisers for the South Australian government have splashed the cash to let you chill out in July at a new winter festival in the Port.
From Friday July 14 to Sunday July 23 you're invited to join in the fun things to do at Port Adelaide at this free event. While the main event - an outdoor ice skating rink at Hart's Mill isn't free, there will be lots of free live entertainment, market stalls, delicious northern hemisphere themed food and drinks, bars, activities for kids and other free things to do.
Many of the details of Winterfest at Hart's Mill are still being finalised, as there has been confusion about winter festivals recently. There's a pretty good chance that the festival will be similar to the Winterlicious Adelaide Festival in Elder Park a couple of years ago though, with roaring fires, plenty of tasty food options, and free family entertainment.
What we can tell you is that ApplesAreOranges - the new sister restaurant to Steph Taylor's Red Lime Shack will be offering some unusual winter foods. Of course great coffee will be on tap as a winter warmer, but you will also have the option of hearty Swiss soup, and their yummy hemp brownies (suitable for vegans) will keep your spirits high. ApplesAreOranges are the only cafe in Australia currently using hemp protein and seeds in their food.
Delicious Hemp Brownies from ApplesAreOranges (Image Supplied)
Winterfest will also give Port Adelaide visitors a chance to admire the awesome street art and murals that were created at the popular Wonderwalls Festival 2017. If like me you previously only saw the street art while it was being created in the Port, now is your chance to see how it all turned out. Just download the Wonderwalls Festival map and you're away on your tour of these magnificent murals.
There's a bit more information about Winterfest at Hart's Mill on the Our Port website, and also prices and a booking link for the outdoor ice skating. The skating sessions on the ice rink are 45 minutes long, and the price includes skate hire. Happy hour prices are available and will save you a few dollars.
See the Stunning Street Art and Murals from Wonderwalls Festival in Port Adelaide
To find out more about the family entertainment, food and drinks, and other free things to do, it's best to stay tuned through the Winterfest event page on Facebook. Information about the event is slowly being released there as it becomes available.
While you're at Port Adelaide why not make a day of it? There's plenty of fun for kids at the Hart's Mill playground, and I love walking the Port Adelaide Loop Path with its views of the heritage buildings, the Port River and the chance to see dolphins playing nearby.
Winter is also a good time to reward yourself with something hot and tasty from the hugely popular Low and Slow American BBQ restaurant just near the lighthouse. Their American influenced menu of smoked meats includes pulled pork, beef brisket and spicy wings with a blue cheese sauce. If you want to eat there during Winterfest though, it may pay to book a place first.