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Head for Hart's Mill at Port Adelaide in July
Activities For Kids: Ice Skating at Winterfest Festival
Winterfest 2017 at Hart's Mill in Port Adelaide was a huge success bringing crowds to the Port River wharf precinct, and many of us have been looking forward to this year's event. Details of Winterfest 2018 and the festival program have just been announced, and it's bigger, better and runs for longer than last year.
The heart of the Winterfest festival remains at Hart's Mill, the iconic brick building that has dominated the landscape of Port Adelaide since 1889. While the mill building itself is not open to the public, the Hart's Mill precinct has been brought alive already with events in the neighbouring Flour Shed, and by an award winning playground.
Find Winterfest Markets at Hart's Mill Packing Shed in Port Adelaide
This year Winterfest kicks off on Friday 6 July and runs every day until Sunday 22 July 2018. There's free entry and a packed program of live music, comedy, workshops and charity activities, but none of those are free things to do this year - it seems that the pre-election year funding has now dried up from Renewal SA.
At the time of writing, the free activities that have been announced include free live music in the Flour Shed, roaming street performers, the Winterfest markets hosted by Posh Markets, and a Snow Lounge. Of course, there are plenty of food trucks and vendors so you'll have your pick of delicious street foods from around the world, and a bar in the Flour Shed will cater for adults.
There Are Plaenty of Food Trucks and Outdoor Dining Areas
One of the highlights for families is ice skating in the large Winterfest ice skating rink near the Port River. It was popular at Winterfest 2017, so expect big crowds again this year. Avoid queuing for tickets by buying your tickets online now - then you can pick the time that's perfect for you.
Winterfest entertainment includes one of Australia's new icons of song, Megan Washington. The following Saturday look out for ARIA award winners The Audreys, and on Saturday July 21st popular local entertainer Peter Coombe hosts a family show in the afternoon, and another performance in the evening. Comedians performing at Winterfest include Fiona O'Loughlin, Stitch and Bitch with Libby Gorr, and Joshua Warrior, Marc Ryan (aka The Beautiful Bogan) and Lori Bell.
Fun for Kids at the Winterfest Workshops in the Flour Shed
Look out for the special Winterfest food events - to mark the start of NAIDOC week chef Shannon Fleming is presenting Short Days, Long Lunch: An Indigenous Feast, with a choice of three sessions. Expect sharing plates of nourishing Australian flavours, table foraging and courses matched with spectacular local wines and Wattleseed lager.
A more curious offering is a Gospel Brunch involving one of those Southern-style gospel sing-alongs. It will have quite a unique appeal, but let's hope there's no "laying of hands" that requires dropping to the floor after a big lunch.
Other fun things to do at Winterfest include a charity Winterfest Plunge in the icy waters of the Port River, a charity walk with your dog around the Anna Rennie Loop Path at Port Adelaide, and a Winterfest Run around the Loop Path.
As a family event, there are plenty of activities for kids. The little ones can learn the tasty way at Cookie Creations workshops ($10), while older children can bring out their inner artist at Little Picasso ($10), or build on their art and craft skills at Cool for Kids workshops ($5). Workshops for adults are on offer too.
There's free entry to the Winterfest Festival at Hart's Mill in Port Adelaide, and car parking is free too. If you don't want to hunt around for a park, then bus and train services can get you there. It's best to book online in advance for any of the Winterfest events, especially the ice skating. Just head over to the online program guide for other events and there's a convenient booking link.
While there were plenty of wood burners scattered around at Winterfest 2017, be sure to dress warmly for Winterfest 2018 as Adelaide gets chilly in July. A good jacket and maybe a beanie should see you through to have a great time!