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Winter food and fun at Elder Park
An Ice Skater - Image Courtesy Pete Stewart, Wikimedia Commons
Winterlicious is the name of a popular winter food festival in Toronto. While winters in Adelaide aren't quite as cold as in Toronto, it's definitely a good name for a winter festival here too.
Hosted by Renewal SA - the state government's Department for Fun and Parties, Winterlicious takes place in Adelaide's Elder Park. It's all part of the government's plan to transform your perception of Elder Park and the River Torrens banks in the city and rebrand it as the Riverbank precinct with your tax dollars. Surprisingly they don't think that an enormous new office tower overlooking the area will detract from its natural beauty.
At the showdown between the Adelaide Crows and Port Power, Renewal SA also generously created a free footy fan zone in Elder Park with Fork on the Road feeding the masses of fans. Fortunately I was able to try a winter warmer from the Cargo Food Van before the game started. The nearby Blue Hive was transformed into the pop up Claymore Club bar in case punters were too thirsty to walk across the bridge to Adelaide Oval.
Winterlicious Adelaide runs from Monday July 27 until Sunday August 9, and will bring family entertainment and fun things to do for all ages to the Riverbank Precinct. One of the highlights will be an undercover ice skating rink which will be surrounded by log fire pits and tipi tents to entertain ice skaters and spectators in toasty warm surrounds. If you skate as badly as me, I hope they have seat warmers too!
Going ice skating will cost just $5 per person for 45 minute sessions starting on the hour. If you're too stressed after a hard day at work, you can wind down with a glass of mulled wine (or several), nourish yourself with some hot chocolate, munch on some toasties, or treat yourself to decadent desserts. The European winter menu for Winterlicious Adelaide is the brainchild of Comida Catering Co chef Brad Sappenberghs.
A Family Having Fun in the Snow 1902 (Image: State Library SA B60654)
The Winterlicious entertainment area is open from 3pm - 9pm weekdays (till 11pm on Friday), on Saturdays 9am - 11pm and on Sundays 9am-9pm. You can find a little more information on the Riverbank precinct website, or why not just wander down to Elder Park and have a look around at this pop up Arctic adventureland. If you have children I'm sure that they will tell you where to go.