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BoatFest Is Sailing Into Port Adelaide

BoatFest is sailing its way to our Port with fresh seafood, wine and local music!

Adelaide introduces BoatFest, celebrating our amazing South Australian seafood with land and water displays, masterclasses in seafood, beer, wine and music.

October’s Festival calendar continues to grow with the festival being held on the 13th and 14th. BoatFest gives visitors the chance to revisit Port Adelaide’s rich maritime history, bringing back wooden and heritage boats, parades of sail on the inner harbour, kids’ activities, street markets, and art and artisans.

BoatFest, incorporating the Wooden and Heritage Boat Festival, will take over the Port Adelaide region with SA’s seafood celebration and the museum open day, featuring plenty of action both on and off the water.

BoatFest features Viking and Dragon boats, wooden hulled speedboats, fishing dinghies and cruisers. The clever craftsmanship of these hand-built beauties is evident and will be demonstrated across the weekend at numerous workshops. 

If you’re not a watcher, there is also river activities that include dragon boat races, kayaks and canoes, fire and rescue displays, rowing and much more to see and do whilst the wanderers can enjoy a stroll through the markets, try their hand at numerous arts and craft activities and indulge in some amazing food. Water-taxis will also give visitors a scenic tour of the region from river. 

An essential off water highlight of the BoatFest will be South Australian seafood sales and masterclasses from some of our best loved seafood providers. You can pre-order your Christmas prawns, and you can wine and dine at the SA Seafood Celebration Dinner on the Friday night, or indulge in the ‘Fishes and Loaves’ dinner on Saturday night. Chef Paul Baker from the award-winning Botanic Garden Restaurant will also introduce his menu comprising of fresh local seafood.

If you’re looking to spend the night, rooms at the quest apartments overlooking the river are available with a special BoatFest rate.

The full weekend program is available at BoatFest

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