Great sounds to lift the vibe all aroundWe have a great line up of music this year including crowd favourites Supergroove and ever popular Batucada Sound Machine to set the mood!
We are ecstatic to have kiwi music icons Supergroove back on the live stage at the festival, they revolutionised the local modern rock with some classic kiwi anthems such as ‘Sitting Inside My Head’ and ‘You Gotta Know’, a must see!
AHoriBuzz have quickly become renowned for their captivating live performances, and will rock your world with their groove ridden and crowd arousing set!
A high energy group that take on a breathtaking variety of tempos, timings, beats, styles and rhymes to captivate audiences around the world with their mix of Brazilian, hip-hop and afro-beat sounds.
A fusion of heavy dub, soul and rock, Soulsystem creates a huge sound and delivers a high-energy live show that has already earned them dedicated supporters throughout New Zealand.
Addicted to beats and good times, KONG FOOEY will have you getting down and dancing to a fine array of fresh produce sprinkled with fat classics.
At the World of Beer marquee you'll sample beer from some of the world's most exciting and adventurous breweries. On tap will be some great examples of modern craft brewing from the US, Japan, Singapore, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and Germany. These have all been imported with care by New Zealand distributor Hashigo Zake and brought to the festival for you to enjoy!
The Science of Beer - 12pmEmerson's founder and craft beer pioneer Richard Emerson will take you through a master class in the science of beer! Richard's passion for a variety of beer styles and his skill and expertise mean you'll walk out of this seminar ready to explore the wide world that is the craft of brewing.
Get more from your Beer - 1pmBrewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Writer of The Year Phil Cook is known for his witty, articulate and opinionated take on the New Zealand craft beer scene. As a part time bar tender at cult craft bar Hashigo Zake and member of the Garage Project, Phil has access to both sides of the brewing world and you will not want to miss this insight into beer - inside and outside of the bottle.
Are there enough Hops? - 2pmThere is no brewer in New Zealand more qualified to ask - and answer this question. The CEO of Epic is the local master of hop fueled beers and the creator of Hop Zombie, Armageddon and plenty more hoppy releases. Join Luke as he discusses the role of hops in his beers, the current popularity of highly hopped brews and what's next from Epic!
Barry's Bay Cheese & Emerson's Beer Matching - 3pmLong time beer educator, writer and passionate voice for quality brewing, Griggs' knowledge and insight into the world of brewing is unparalleled. Join Geoff as he takes you through a wonderful pairing of two of life's greatest joys… Emerson's beers and Barry's Bay Cheese.
Matt Kristofski, Matt Warner, Matt Stevens
Meet the Matts' - 4pmYou'll only have to remember one name at this seminar. Join the craft beer scene's hottest ticket, Parrot Dog, as these three young chaps from the capital talk about brewing and their rise which has led to them building their new brewery in central Wellington. If you are lucky they might even let you sample some of their amazing brews and perhaps explain what a Parrot Dog is… this will be a highlight of the day!
The Tuatara Story - 5pm
Tuatara have just commissioned a huge new brewery, allowing them to grow their supply of one of the most consistent and well-loved ranges in the country. The Tuatara story parallels the rise of craft brewing in New Zealand and you won't want to miss an insight into this Kiwi success story as they embark on the next phase of their journey in the fight for quality Kiwi beer.
Sweet Creations with Monteith's - 12pmRichard is one of the most talented pastry chefs in the country. After learning his trade in London from a Swiss professor John Huber he then went on to work with a French pastry chef Robert Mey at the Hyatt Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge. While in the UK he won the Academy Culinaire de France awards of excellence for Pastry, this was a first for a New Zealander. He has also worked at Harrods and Four Seasons Inn on the Park and at the age of 24 he was Pastry chef at the Waldorf Hotel. In 2003 he won New Zealand’s Pastry chef of the year. He now heads the Kitchens at the Christchurch Casino as Kitchen Manager with some 30 chefs reporting to him.
Beer & Food - A Game for Two - 1pmA graduate of CPIT Sarah’s career has taken her to the refined luxury resort of Glenn Eagles in Scotland and also The Bath in Bristol England before returning home to New Zealand to firstly work at Auckland’s Regent Hotel before the lure of Canterbury brought her home to Amberleys; Nor’Wester Cafe.
The Craft of Culinary Flair - 2pmNeil is the Coach & Manager of the New Zealand Culinary team and is well known and admired for his work with multiple back to back Toque d'Or Supreme Champion Teams. He has also been leading the charge of the NZ Culinary Team since their reformation over 10 years ago in 2002.
Small Batches & Micro Brews - 3pmShirley has been an enthusiastic cook all her life and it was this enthusiasm that helped her through her early student days whilst attending university in Auckland when she set up and ran her own small catering business. After university Shirley moved into food writing and a spell as a cookery author followed where she wrote 14 cookbooks, the most well-known being Mmmm Muffins. In 2001, she returned to the kitchen setting up her own home kitchen making gourmet products that now feature not only in discerning restaurants, cafes and homes in and around Canterbury and New Zealand but also internationally in places such as Switzerland, Singapore, Brazil and Hong Kong.
Blues, Brews and Baa Baa Ques - 4pmWell known for his work throughout the hospitality community of New Zealand and the Pacific Rim, he is regarded for his particular skills for event conception, organisation and delivery. But it is in the kitchen where he is happiest, working with simple fresh ingredients to bring out the best in flavour and sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with an eager audience of food lovers.
Once again the Society of Beer Advocates (SOBA) invites you to ‘The Brewer’s Table’ – an opportunity for you to catch up with some of New Zealand’s best craft brewers.
Every hour, on the hour, from midday to 6pm, craft brewers will be on hand to talk about their beers and how they brew them. Sessions will commence with a short presentation, after which there’ll be an opportunity for you to ask any questions. And you never know; in the past brewers have been known to bring along something special for sampling!
SOBA also invites you to head along to their marquee at any time to find out about more about who they are and what they do, or just to chat with fellow beer lovers. They can even sign you up on the day if you’d like to join them.
Your guide to the ins & outs of this years festival
The Great Kiwi Beer Festival is a day-long celebration of brewing in New Zealand, hosted by industry experts and featuring a range of over 100 local, national, and international brews.
Attendees will be able to sample brews from diverse locales spanning from Europe to Asia, and the presence of many brew-masters onsite will give patrons the opportunity to interact with the people behind their favourite brands.
With live performance, beer and food matching, cooking demonstrations, seminars, brand experience areas and much more, The Great Kiwi Beer Festival is the ultimate “cheers” to New Zealand’s affinity with the great amber nectar and the perfect way to round off the summer.
A full programme guide is available here
11:30am – 7pm
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11:00am – 7pm
This years event is to be held in Christchurch's Hagley Park, with the best entrance to the festival being via Park Terrace/Rolleston Avenue
Beer sales are available by the glass (280ml) or by tasting pour (100ml).
Bottles are available for purchase for taking away from the festival only. Any person found to have opened a bottle of beer will be removed from the festival.
A festival glass will be issued upon entry to every ticket holder aside from holders of designated driver tickets.
Prices of beer will vary across the site, but most will be in the range of $5-$7 for a glass.
Beer sales will finish for the day at 6.30pm.
Parking will be available all day for $3. The car park entrance is off Harper Ave.
The festival operates a firm but fair alcohol management policy that supports responsible drinking, and encourages beer education. Intoxicated patrons and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
In the case of wet weather the event will be postponed until Sunday 24th February
Team Event will have professional photographers on site on the day to capture the event. As such, you may appear in photos used for publicity purposes.
• No food or beverage may be taken into the festival
• Bags will be searched on entry
• First aid will be on site indicated in the festival program
• No animals allowed on site
The Great Kiwi Beer Festival is an R18 event.
Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Children Under 14 = Free Admission.
Under 18 = GA Ticket Required
The Monteiths Brewing Co dates back to 1868 when the original Monteiths family-owned Phoenix Brewery was founded. The Phoenix Brewery later merged with a group of small breweries to form Westland Brewing Company which later became Monteiths Brewing Company.
With eleven core variants of beer and cider as well as new limited batches and seasonal releases, there is a Monteiths for every occasion, the complex and robust flavours can be enjoyed alone or matched with great food.
Visit the Monteiths Garden Bar and sample a range of our beer and cider variants including the new Monteiths Brewer’s Series.Also available in the garden bar is Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, enjoy the true taste of old with a refreshing ginger beer made through the traditional process.
Thomas Hancock learned to brew craft beer in St. George's Bay and Parnell in the mid 19th century. He followed his dream and purchased the Captain Cook Inn in 1859, creating his brewery from a shed in his backyard.
Within 3 years Hancock had built such a following that he had to expand. Hancock was an optimist. Passionate about his product, he kept a close eye on all that went into his beer, from the on-site malt house to his wells of fresh, pure water, Hancock & Co never compromised ...
Jump forward over 150 years and not much has changed. Hancock & Co remains an independent family owned and operated New Zealand brand making the finest craft beer using the highest quality ingredients.
Independent, Creative, Passionate, Hancock & Co Craft Brewing ...
Christchurch Casino is excited to be associated with the Great Kiwi Beer Festival for the first time in 2013. The Christchurch Casino Experience site offers plenty of seating and sun protection for everyone’s enjoyment and of course we will be providing our famous great value food deals for everyone.
Monza Sports Bar’s mobile pizza oven makes an appearance to bring you our famous thin crust Italian style pizzas. Our massive pork sirloin burgers make a return after their success at the 2013 Wine and Food Festival and in keeping with the theme of the day, beer battered fries served with homemade aioli complete our menu.
While you grab a bite why not enjoy one of the fine products from our beverage partners. Monteith’s Brewery will be showcasing their new Craft Beer range along with their refreshing ciders. We will also have Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer fresh from Ireland on offer.
Making fruit more useful since 1947, Old Mout (rhymes with fruit) Cider makes cider for all occasions. Located in Nelson, our dedicated cidery and specialist cider-makers use local sun-ripened fruit to make Australasia’s most-awarded cider.
Whether you prefer one of our unique fruitier options - Boysencider, Feijoa, Cranberry or Passionfruit, or a glass of Scrumpy - we put taste first and aim to please. We’ll also be pouring the popular Monteith’s Crushed Ciders – which we believe are ‘worth seeking out’.
We look forward to seeing you at our Cider Lawn to enjoy some of your favourite ciders.
Originally brewed in 1981 Mac’s has stayed true to being a naturally brewed quality NZ beer brand. Brewed from only four ingredients: water, yeast, malt & hops, Mac’s makes beer the way nature intended. Today the award winning Mac’s family has the perfect drop for every occasion including the hugely popular Isaac’s Cider range.
Alongside the Mac’s Brewbar, the Lion International Specialty Stand will be showcasing premium beers from around the world. These include top Belgium brands such as Stella and Hoegaarden as well as some of Australia’s finest craft brews. Be sure to visit and experience some of the finest beers the world has to offer.
The Waipara Wine Bar hosts The 3rd Man and Dancing Water, who will be releasing new vintage wines and pouring some of your favourite wine varieties. Come and satisfy your curiosity about some of the up and coming wine projects happening in the Canterbury region.
The 3rd Man is a vineyard project focused on artisan winemaking. Making small batch wines with wild yeasts, each wine is a unique representation of vineyard and season, an expression of people and place.
Dancing water are a family owned organic vineyard and winery in Waipara Valley. The wines are handmade from the superb, quality vineyards our region has to offer and handled with respect.
Southern Smoke BBQ has been creating great food since 1990 supplying smoked food and catering to many a hungry appetite. They insist on the highest quality, from fresh produce to local meats and use only prime beef and free range pork when smoking. Their process begins by infusing pork, chicken and beef with their home-made spice rub consisting of over 10 herbs and spices. They then apple wood smoke the meats for up to 17 hours until they are tender and juicy. Finally, this wonderful process is finished by hand pulling & hand slicing all their specialties meats for your pleasure.
Being a family owned and operated business located in Christchurch, they are dedicated to high quality food, service, and a dining experience for all their customers complete with outdoor seating and live music.
They pride themselves on authentic Southern Style BBQ and invite you to sample some delicious options today including handmade Bap burgers, hand cut meats and fresh tossed salads. Southern Smoked BBQ certainly has something to please everyone!
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A BIG THANKS TO THESE GUYS
We are overjoyed to have such supportive sponsors for this festival, its says a lot for the good old kiwi spirit. You know events like this don't happen without people like them, so cheers!