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Messing about in Wooden Boats…

The historic wharf at Goolwa came alive with the 2011 South Australian Wooden Boat Festival. The biennial event set sail on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th February, 2011. Goolwa was buzzing with an expected 10,000 people joining in the festivities over the weekend.

Organisers were delighted to announce AVJENNINGS & RIVERBREEZE as the major sponsors of the 2011 SA Wooden Boat Festival. Their commitment to Goolwa and their support of the Festival has enabled, the organisers to put together another exciting jam packed Festival Program!!!

This year’s Festival was FREE Entrywith great entertainment for the whole family! The festival celebrated the important history of Goolwa and Wooden Boats, the River and the joy and fun of owning a wooden boat! The atmosphere was soaked up with exhibits, displays on water and land, Paddlesteamers rides on the PS Oscar W, rides on the Steamranger Cockle train, sailing races including the biggest fleet of racing Restricted 21’s in Australia. Many just jumped on a boat to have a chat to a boatie, share their passion, history and magic of wooden boats.

Visitors were able to taste some of the regional wares and premium wine in the Woodstock Wine Pavilion. Woodstock Wines McLaren Vale was the major wine sponsor of the 2011 South Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

The Pavilion included an array of fabulous food from local producers including the renowned Woodstock Coterie. Woodstock Wines believe fine wines and great food are a natural partnership, so many came to taste the sensation in the Woodstock Wine Pavilion! The highlight on the Sunday morning was the Cittaslow breakfast – a gourmet breakfast designed by local chefs in the Pavilion.

The Puppet Palace returned with a great line up of shows each day, as well as the youth art exhibitions, viewing and appreciating wooden boats through the eyes of the future boaties!!!

Wooden Boats, all shapes and sizes, vintage sailing yachts, traditional riverboats, putt putts, steam boats, clinker boats, rowing & canoes and model boats were on display. A boating spectacular with parades and racing events all weekend! It was good to talk to the owners, builders and craftsman and hear their stories.

Ecostar associated with environment friendly solutions for the future came on board as a sponsor for the 2011 Festival.

The Ngarrindjeri were thanked for allowing the use of their traditional land and welcomed all to visit the Ngarrindjeri Culture tent at the Festival, there was a number of artists and crafts people, exhibits and workshops, opportunities to purchase Ngarrindjeri arts and crafts, meet and talk and learn about their culture.

For more information, phone the Festival Office Ph 8555 7240 or visit  their website.