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Celebrate SA's History and Seafood
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BoatFest Port Adelaide

October's Festival calendar continues to grow with the inaugural Port Adelaide BoatFest on the 13th and 14th giving visitors to the area a chance to revisit Port Adelaide's rich maritime history and celebrate South Australia's seafood industry like never before.

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BoatFest Port Adelaide

BoatFest, incorporating the Wooden and Heritage Boat Festival, SA's Seafood Celebration and the combined museums open day will take over the Port Adelaide region with a hub around Hart's Mill in Mundy Street and feature plenty of action both on and off the water.

Navigating one's way around the Port and concerns about parking will be sorted with great transport options including a free shuttle service around town and for the first time, water-taxis will give visitors a fabulous tour and view of the region from the river with both options ensuring ease of access to all the activities.

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BoatFest Port Adelaide

BoatFest features a huge range of craft - from Viking and Dragon boats to magnificent wooden hulled speedboats like something out of a James Bond movie. See beautiful wooden yachts, fishing dinghies and cruisers that elicit memories of romance and yesteryear think Hepburn and Bogey in African Queen! The craftsmanship of these hand-built beauties is evident and will be demonstrated across the weekend at numerous workshops and the colourful boats sail past up the river each afternoon will delight 'boaties' and 'non-boaties' alike as it has for many years in Goolwa as a biennial event.

boatfest port adelaide
BoatFest Port Adelaide

On river activities also include dragon boat races, your chance to try kayaks and canoes, fire and rescue displays, rowing and much more to see and do, whilst landlubbers can enjoy a stroll through the markets, try their hand at numerous arts and craft activities and indulge in some amazing food. Click here for the full program.

An integral off water component of this inaugural festival will be the South Australian Seafood Celebration featuring master classes from some of our best-loved seafood providers, and a chance to pre-order your Christmas prawns and magnificent seafood dinners!

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Loves and Fishes dinner menu

Friday night's event launch features a celebration with a 'Loaves and Fishes' dinner Saturday night at the iconic Harts Mill in the heart of the Port. Enjoy shared platter dining experiences, entertainment and great Lake Breeze Wines and Pirate Life Brews.

Chef Paul Baker from the award-winning Botanic Garden Restaurant will introduce his menu comprising the freshest local seafood from Tommy Ruff, Calamari, Crabs, Kinkawoonka Mussels, Goolwa Pipi's, Bluefin Tuna Sashimi, Spencer Gulf Prawns, Hiramasa Kingfish and more which will make for a fantastic night out.

Additionally, the three biggest museums in Port Adelaide, the South Australian Maritime Museum, National Railway Museum and South Australian Aviation Museum will all hold their annual 'open days' over the weekend the FREE shuttle bus will loop from the museums and Harts Mill.

Enjoy land and water displays, masterclasses in seafood, beer and wine, local music and special museum programs over the two-day festival.

To be in the heart of the festival and make a weekend of it, why not book a room at the Quest Apartments overlooking the river.
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Why? This festival has something for everyone
When: 13 and 14 October
Where: Hart's Mill Mundy Street, Port Adelaide
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