Adelaide Hills

Ice creamery Hokey Pokey transform old horse float into travelling gelato bar

Hokey Pokey boasts unusual ice cream flavours, made using donated surplus fruit from local farmers and Hills residents.

Images: Hokey Pokey.

Ice cream emporium Hokey Pokey, who have been doling out delicious scoops of unusual flavours for 18 months, have taken their gelato on the road, converting a beaten-up 1970’s wooden horse trailer into an adorable solar-panelled ice cream truck, available to book for weddings, birthday parties across Adelaide. 



Husband and wife team Tim and Helen McNamara moved to Adelaide from Scotland three years ago with their three children, snapping up a traditional lolly shop in the picturesque, leafy suburb of Stirling, which went onto become Hokey Pokey. 

Realising their true passion was creating ice cream, which they’d fallen in love with during their time in the UK restaurant business, the duo have since built a stellar reputation in the local community for dreaming up whacky but delicious flavours of gelato and sorbet, experimenting with everything from sage and basil to cumquat and finger limes (owner Tim’s favourite flavour!) 

The incredible reaction to Hokey Pokey’s innovative feast of flavours allowed Helen and Tim to purchase and renovate an old wooden horse cart that was in real need of some TLC, which can now be seen, post-makeover, serving their inimitable flavours at weddings, local markets such as Gilles at the Grounds and even at the turning on of the Christmas lights in Victoria Square. 

Since first producing ice cream onsite 18 months ago, Hokey Pokey’s gelato offering has grown exponentially, now incorporating fresh, locally grown flavours in the form of fruit and herb donations from local farmers and even residents who have surplus fruit growing in their gardens. 

Around 70% of Hokey Pokey’s flavours come from the boxes of donated fruit that arrive on their doorstep each morning as well as a number of zesty, refreshing flavours which are sourced from the fruit the McNamara’s grow themselves, including plums, rhubarb, oranges and lemons. 

The generous donations keep the flavour board at Hokey Pokey exciting, offering customers the chance to push themselves out of their ice cream comfort zone, tasting unusual and exotic flavours such as quince, tangelo, persimmon and feijoa, as well as giving fruit donors the chance to taste their produce as delicious, creamy gelato.

Keep up with Hokey Pokey’s incredible flavours and events here.

You can find Hokey Pokey at 31-33 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling. 

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