Winterfest warms up at the Port

By Lana Guineay

Internationally-renowned Adelaide food author and sustainable living advocate Rebecca Sullivan says she’s excited to host a series of children’s workshops for the inaugural Winterfest at Port Adelaide.

Running July 14-23, the festival is taking over historic Hart’s Mill with a family-friendly wonderland of waterfront ice skating, winter food, mulled wine, music, roaring fires, and loads of wintery activities.

Winterfest has taken over some of Port Adelaide's most iconic buildings

Winterfest has taken over some of Port Adelaide’s most iconic buildings

Rebecca will bring the European-style winter flavour with a series of children’s workshops – with gingerbread decorating, snow cone making, wreath making and card making all on the agenda.

“I love empowering kids to be creative and messy – I’m excited to see kids get their creative hats on and how they decorate,” says Rebecca.

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From launching the Real Food Festival in London to working on Slow Food Nation in San Francisco, farming coffee in Uganda to teaching scientists in the Maldives for the United Nations, it’s been an adventurous decade for Rebecca.

When she’s not writing books on food and sustainability, Rebecca runs events, teaches at Le Cordon Bleu Australia, and she also founded Australian Native wellbeing brand Warndu with her partner, Lefevre Primary School teacher Damien Coulthard.

Inside the Winterfest ice skating rink

Inside the Winterfest ice skating rink

Rebecca re-settled in Adelaide after a decade abroad and launched the “granny skills” movement, a world-wide community inspiring others to tap into their grandparent’s generation skills of age-old kitchen techniques, natural ingredients, and DIY.

Rebecca says “granny skills” was inspired when she found out that her own great-grandma was an award-winning baker in the 1930s – something Rebecca only discovered after her passing.

“I wanted to preserve her skills,” she says.

“From pickling and fermenting, it was a simple, economical, environmental generation, they ate seasonally and locally not because they were hipsters – because they had no choice.

“Everyone is wanting a bit more of that simpler age.”

Rebecca teaches people how to use more thoughtful, natural recipes for everything from food to all-natural cleaning products.

“These things work. We have the power to choose what to use in our homes and into our bodies – why not use it?”

Rebecca encourages families to head down to the Port to get involved in the Winterfest workshops.

“Firstly, it’s free!” Rebecca says.

“Come eat some gingerbread, make something new, have some fun; and learn a little bit along the way.”

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Winterfest workshops start from 10.30am and are free. Class sizes are limited and it’s first come first served.

Winterfest is presented by Renewal SA in partnership with local traders, visit the site for more information.