October’s Festival calendar continues to grow with the inaugural Port Adelaide BoatFest 13th and 14th giving visitors to area the chance to revisit Port Adelaide’s rich maritime history and celebrate South Australia’s seafood industry like never before.
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 river with both options ensuring ease of access to all the activities. https://portadelaideboatfest.com.au/public-transport/
BoatFest features a huge range of craft – from Viking and Dragon boats to magnificent wooden hulled speedboats that look like Sean Connery as James Bond should be at the helm to 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 so the weekend at numerous workshops and the colourful 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.
On river activities also include dragon boat races, come and 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. The full weekend program is available at https://portadelaideboatfest.com.au/event-program
An integral off water component of this inaugural festival will be the South Australian Seafood Celebration with sales, masterclasses from some of our best loved seafood providers, a chance to pre-order your Xmas prawns and magnificent seafood dinners with a Fridaynight event launch celebration and ‘Fishes and Loaves’ dinner on Saturday night at the iconic Harts Mill in the heart of the Port. 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 and Hiramasa Kingfish and more, which will make for a fantastic night out. If you’re so inclined, grab a room at the quest apartments overlooking the river – a special BoatFest rate applies. https://portadelaideboatfest.com.au/south-australian-seafood-celebration/
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 https://portadelaideboatfest.com.au/museums-in-the-port/