It’s no secret that winter is upon us as temperatures plummet and the frosty weather rears its head. While hibernating may be tempting amid the chilly conditions, nothing is putting a dampener on Adelaide’s festive spirit as Winterfest channels Christmas in July, returning to Port Adelaide this month.
The annual mid-year celebration is promising its biggest and best winter wonderland experience yet as Hart’s Mill is once again transformed into a hub of alpine inspired action. Channelling major après-ski vibes, the festival is host to an ice skating rink, winter markets, workshops and soul-warming food that’s well worth bracing the cold for.
Forget hiding away this chilly season and strap on your skates for a spin on the ice. Whether you glide like a gazelle or the humble shuffle-around-the-edge-of-the-rink is more your style, there’s nothing like a bit of ice skating to lift even the frostiest of spirits.
This year also sees the debut of The Ice Cube, the place to be this winter. Hitting the program, live comedy and cabaret acts join leisurely long lunches hosted by local chefs, gospel brunches and workshops for all ages.
Shop ‘til you drop with quaint market stalls featuring handmade homewares, fashion, trinkets and more in the historic Hart’s Mill Packing Shed. Treat your tummy to winter inspired kombucha with mulled wine and chai flavoured brews from Booch, warm up with flickering candles from Luna & Luxe or just wander the aisles of local artisan producers.
Needing to refuel? Get toasty by the fire with warm cinnamon donuts and a piping hot coffee in hand, or sample the abundant selection of food offerings on site. Slurp mulled wine and craft draughts with bars courtesy of local legends, The Port Admiral Hotel.
So, what are you waiting for? Shrug on your winter woollies and head to The Port for a wonderland of festivities with Winterfest this July.
Find the full Winterfest program here and check out our gallery here.
Where? Hart’s Mill, Mundy Street, Port Adelaide
When? Daily. Friday, July 6 – Sunday, July 22
Photos by Ben Neale.