The last event was a real beerstravaganza, and with more craft beers on the market than ever,
this years installment will be outta this world. 




There will be an amazing selection of breweries at this years festival - including all your old favourites along with new craft beers to wrap your taste buds around. With such a huge range of beer styles available its sure to be an enlightening experience.



Pomeroy's Craft Beer Academy has some thought provoking and glass raising seminars this year. Check out the interesting people and topics below.

SOBA Brewers Table

Once again the Society of Beer Advocates (SOBA) invites you to ‘The Brewer’s Table’ – an opportunity for you to expand your mind about craft beer.

Every hour, on the hour, from midday to 4pm, people involved in the craft beer movement will be on hand to talk about craft beer related topics. 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.

  • Geoff Griggs
    12:00 PM


  • Hamish Jones
    1:00 PM


    A mildly exciting insight into what possessed someone to turn his back on brewing for fun and to open a brewery that brews gluten free beer from chestnuts.


  • Paul Finney
    2:00 PM


  • Ned Bartlett
    3:00 PM


    Ned Bartlett has a great love for all things ‘pub’, and has a wealth of experience on both sides of the bar. For the past couple of years, he and writing partner Jono Corfe have been tasked with scouring the country, looking for the best pubs around. The result is Penguin Random House’s latest publication, ‘The Great Kiwi Pub Crawl’. Come along and hear Ned talking about what makes a truly great pub and what is involved in publishing a book like his.

  • Martin Bennet
    4:00 PM


    Professor Dodsworth will take you through the history and the philosophy of his experimental brewery in Lincoln, The Laboratory, brewing a mixture of cask conditioned and fizzy stuff. Come along and taste of a few of their beers while plucking up the courage to ask a few awkward questions!


The Great Kiwi Beer Festival presents another amazing lineup of NZ’s favourite musicians.
The Mockers - playing together for the first time in 30 years - alongside The Chills, Katchafire and Delaney Davidson will provide the beats to go with your brews.
  • The Mockers
    5:00 PM

    Kiwi pop legends The Mockers are reforming their classic line-up for the first time in 30 years, to perform a hit-driven set with classic hits like Forever Tuesday Morning, Swear It’s True, One Black Friday, My Girl Thinks She’s Cleopatra, Shield Yourself, and many many more.

  • The Chills
    1:30 PM

    Pink frost (1984) I love my leather jacket (1987) Heavenly pop hit (1990) Come home (1996) Sound familiar? They should - The Chills were formed in Dunedin 1980 with a single-minded determination to take quality, original N.Z.-sounding, melodic rock music to the world.

  • Katchafire
    3:15 PM

    Hailing from the mighty H-Town (Hamilton), KATCHAFIRE, have become a global roots reggae phenomenon.The all Maori Reggae band, bring their pure classic sound to music lovers worldwide, delivering one of the most authentic Reggae shows around today.

  • Delaney Davidson
    12:00 PM

    Well known for his hypnotic and original One man and his Ghost Orchestra show, enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Delaney Davidson both defines and commands his own unique realm in the shadowy musical world some call ‘Country-Noir’ or ‘Gothic Americana’.


Delicious food and chef demonstrations, drinks, merchandise and activities to share them with... the best compliments to a Beer Festival anywhere. 


Chefs on Show

We’ve assembled a stellar lineup of culinary talent in the Cooking Theatre - from local heroes to internationally renowned chefs, and they’re all at the festival to share their unique take on beer and food matching.

  • Mark Soper
    12:30 PM

    Grass Roots Rabbit

    Awarded NZ Chef of the Nation & Wellington Chef of the Capital in 2016, Marc is a self-confessed food-forager, hunting the best and freshest produce grown around the estate and relishes the opportunity to share his passion of bringing it from the farm gate to the dinner plate.

  • Simon Levy
    1:30 PM

    Beer, Beets & Sweets

    Before moving to Christchurch and joining Jonny Schwass at Harlequin Public House and then opening his own establishment Fine Fare Kitchen, Simon worked in London at Claridges and The Ivy, was Senior Sous Chef at Pierre Koffman’s The Berkeley Hotel and moved on to become Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay’s The Warrington. 

  • Josh Emett
    2:30 PM

    Madam Woo on A Plate

    Josh is now a household name due to his successes both as a judge on MasterChef and with his involvement in countless Michelin star restaurants. His most recent and hugely successful venture, Madam Woo, will soon be arriving in Christchurch following on from its immense popularity in Queenstown

  • Anita Sarginson
    3:30 PM

    Some Like it Hot!

    Anita has dedicated 35 years to the hospitality industry and has held prestigious roles at Tiffanys, 95 Filleul St, The Sydney Opera House and New Zealand Parliament as well as serving as the NZ Chefs President for six years. Her love of travel has created a deep appreciation for all cuisines. 

  • Gary Miller
    4:30 PM

    Bits n Pieces... Things You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask!

    Gary 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 food lovers.

Simply Scrumptious

We have assembled an amazing line up of Christchurch and Canterbury's favourite restaurants. Be prepared for a gastronomic adventure as you sample divine dishes prepared with the best local and regional produce. Each of these restaurants will be serving a selection of their best dishes as tasting plates at the festival.

  • The Cuban
    The Cuban

    The Cuban are excited to present a selection of their favourite dishes from their St Asaph St restaurant, all cooked over charcoal.

    The Cuban BBQ Plate $10
    Jerk-spiced chicken with molasses and banana/ handmade Cuban sausage/ coffee and treacle-glazed beef brisket/ jalapeno, parmesan and lime corn on the cob/ with a fresh summer coleslaw served with a selection of condiments.

  • Madam Woo
    Madam Woo

    Owned and operated by internationally acclaimed celebrity chef, Josh Emett, Madam Woo sets out to reflect the hustle and bustle of Malay street food. The style of food is a blend of cuisines from the Malaysian population, including, Chinese and Indian.

    The Famous Hawker Rolls - $10.00
    Served with your choice of; Pulled sticky pork with pickled cucumber or Percik chicken with toasted coconut or Soy, sesame, eggplant with red Chilli dressing

  • Lower 9th Diner
    Lower 9th Diner

    Tucked down the end of Stranges Lane, like the naughty child in the corner, Lower 9th Diner unashamedly proclaims to have some of the best burgers around town. Why don’t you be the judge!

    Fried Chicken - $12 - Crispy fried chicken with a rich Ranch sauce
    Cheeseburger - $8 - 100% Angus beef, cheddar, BBQ sauce, mayo, pickles
    Curly Fries - $9 - the diner's famous curly fries served with a side of chipotle may
  • Kislap Pinoy

    Kislap Pinoy are serving up some of the most exciting street foods from the Philippines. Pinoy noodles, Pinoy BBQ, dumplings and spring rolls all served with an authentic South East Asian flair that will make your mouth water.​

    Sweet Chilli Chicken Skewers $7.00
    Glass Noodles $7.00
    Sizzling Pinoy Sisg Republic $7.00
    Pinoy Style Pork BBQ Long Stick $7.00
    Spring Rolls $7.00
    Pork Ribs Kaldereta $7.00

  • Anteater

    Anteater works with high-end food producers to put delicious insect-based dishes on menus around New Zealand. They'll be at the Festival serving up delicious locusts which taste like freshwater prawns. You won't want to miss this exciting insect cuisine... best paired with an ice cold brew!

    Flash-Fried NZ Locusts - $5
    Beer Battered NZ Locusts - $6
    Side of Ant Ketchup - $2

  • BBQ Rib Runner

    Introducing a new range of BBQ Smoked foods from Papanui’s most exciting takeaway restaurant. Taste the authentic charcoal fired ribs and chicken at the GKBF today – just a sample of their sensational and extensive range!

    BBQ Smoked Pork Ribs - $12.00

    BBQ Smoked Chicken - $12.00
    Served with Chips

  • Maharaja

    Be captivated by Christchurch’ finest Indian dining experience with Maharaja – the Papanui restaurant brings its love of spice and heat to the festival with all your favourite Indian classics.

    Onion Bhajis $5.00 
    Chicken Tikka $8.00
    Traditional Indian Curries - $10.00

    Wraps - $10.00
    Chicken and vegetarian options available


What better way to complement the best beers around, than to have a huge array of tasty treats and goodies to pair them with. The delicious foods available will further lift the senses and more importantly fill your tums, and with over 30 venders participating, there should be something there to satisfy!



Take a piece of the festival home with you with Ami’s Henna Body Art & Beauty. These gorgeous black or brown Henna tattoos last for 7 to 10 days and the team have a great selection of designs to choose from.



Don’t miss the crowd favourites at Arin Sushi and Dumplings. As the name suggests, the team at Arin have prepared lovingly fresh sushi, pan-fried dumplings and succulent chicken kebabs all cooked to order!



Indian with Attitude! Arjee Bhajee present a taste of India with their exquisite curries – all served with rice. Gluten free options available. For smaller bites, try their range of nibbles including famous onion bhajees (GF), chicken pakoras and veg samosas. Pair with their house-made naan breads; plain, brushed with butter or with garlic.



Aroha Drinks are artisan producers of locally made fruit juice to quench your summer thirst. Their products showcase only the best local ingredients Canterbury has to offer. Don’t miss their take on the famous Bellini – an exciting Elderflower & bubbly cocktail.



Bloody Good Tucker! The burger experts have whipped up a sensational selection for the festival, including premium Beef, Venison and Gourmet hamburgers!



Chor Teng Theng is Christchurch’s link to the diverse cusine of Thailand. Try their exciting dishes including Chicken Satay, Pad Thai, Curry Puff, Green Curry, Vege pan friend, Sweet & Sour Chicken or Pork Ball, Lemon Chicken, MIni Spring roll & Samosa, Vege Nuggets



Time to cool off? Dairyworks has you sorted with their delicious range of ice cream flavours, indulgent toppings and homemade sauces!



Electric Pukeko hats is a New Zealand owned brand from Havelock North.  We offer the latest in headwear trends from Trilby’s to Panamas, cheese cutters and gorgeous ladies’ hats.  All of their hats are designed in New Zealand.



Empire Coffee offers high quality, locally roasted coffee, as well as fair trade organic hot chocolate from the only three wheeled coffee cart in New Zealand!



New Zealand’s favourite award-winning German-style Bratwurst. Served up in a fresh baguette with onions, sauerkraut, and your selection of delicious condiments.



Check out the newest brewer on the block! Stout-style Nitro cold brew coffee is available on tap from Harpoon Cold Brew Coffee. Their single origin coffee has notes of chocolate and milk and the nitro gives it a long silky texture. Ice cold and refreshingly clean caffeine.



Street food at its best! Herba Gourmet takes classic dishes, beautiful garden herbs and locally sourced ingredients to bring you healthy nutritious meal on the go.



Gelatiamo are the makers of the finest gelato and sorbets right here in Christchurch. All their products are made from real ingredients that are sourced from New Zealand and Sicilian orchards. Especially for the Great Kiwi Beer Festival, Gelatiamo will serve a Pilsener Gelato and a Stout Sorbet.



Order or Die! The infamous Hell's special recipe tomato base, mozzarella cheese, herbs and spices. Their most popular selection of pizzas are available at the festival today from their mobile HELL pizza caravan. GF options available, along with their expansive selection of drinks and sides.



Kiwi Churros have brought the great tasting Spanish donut or Churros to New Zealand. This sweet treat is insanely popular around the world.



Delicious Kathmandu-style Momo Dumplings steamed or steam-fried and served with Kapow sauce!



Liberty dogs are whipping up their delicious Cuban sandwiches American Hotdogs and hot Churros drizzled in your choice of sauce.



Little German Kitchen is serving up authentic German street food cooked to Traditional homemade recipes.



Q Cuisine are renowned for their quality dishes. Check out their sensational range including Golden fry camembert, Lamb neck sliders, Green Lipped Mussel fritters and BBQ smoked chipotle short ribs!



Serving a wide selection of snacks and meals including crayfish sandwiches, whitebait sandwiches, hot chips, hot dogs and American hot dogs, bacon butties, burgers, slushies, hot and cold drinks, candy floss and popcorn. Gluten-Free available on full menu.



It’s the hottest new food truck in town! The Vagabond Chefs will be serving their signature style of street food with a twist. Their increasingly popular menu draws influences from around the globe.



Tommy Taco is bringing the heat back this summer! Creating a fiesta amongst the hustle and bustle of this years’ festival by serving up some new punchy, vibrant flavours which promise to be all the things you love …crunchy, zingy, zesty, salty and sweet!



Authentic Texas Barbeque smoked low and slow in our custom made smoker imported from Texas. The authentic Southern flavour that is not to be missed!



Under the Mushroom offers delicious European-style food that is fresh, healthy and tasty with a touch of Kiwi finesse. Chef Tracy has spent years cooking in and around the Mediterranean and is delighted to bring her flair back to NZ. The menu is simple yet mouth-watering and the tastes will delight you even more.



World Famous – Quality & style served fresh. Check out their West Coast Whitebait, Fairlie Bakehouse Pies and Fresh Thai Spring Rolls.



Immerse yourself in the Brand Experience Areas to get up close and personal with your favourite brands. Sample a wide range of beers and ciders or treat your palate to a unique craft wine.

  • Monteith's Brewing Co

    The Monteith's Brewing Co dates back to 1868 when it was founded on the West Coast by Stewart Monteith. These day Monteith's is New Zealand's leading everyday craft brewery - Visit Monteith's Brewing Co and explore their range of beers and ciders including the recently launched Pointer's Pale Ale and their new White IPA.

  • Mac's

    Dating back to 1981, Mac's began in a time when "craft" was only used to describe crochet and knitting. When a man called Terry decided to apply for a brewing licence, it was the first in NZ for 50 years and no one could remember what forms he needed. Mac's, now owned by Lion, have since gone on to play a key role in NZ's thriving brewing scene.

  • Allan Scott Family Winemakers

    Allan Scott is a true pioneer and a name synonymous with New Zealand’s acclaimed Marlborough wine region. Offering a reprieve to those looking for an alternative to beer at the festival, they return with their great range of still and sparkling wines, plus new craft wines!

  • Boundary Road Brewery

    Boundary Road Brewery, nestled in the foothills of the Hunua Ranges in Auckland, will showcase a variety of different craft beers from their range along with a some new additions you may not have tried yet! Plus they'll have their friends from Founders Brewery along to show some of their best-sellers, and new brews. 

  • Coopers Premium Beverages

    Enjoy a selection of the legendary Coopers ale range as well as some of the finest American craft beer and English cider.

  • Pilsner Urquell x Peroni

    Pilsner Urquell: Enjoy the world's first golden pilsner from the Pilsner Urquell Container Bar - cold-shipped 18,000km direct from the source of origin, Czech Republic, to ensure it arrives to the shores of New Zealand as brewery fresh as possible.


Your entry to the biggest beer event in the South Island, so hop to it!

Tickets on Sale Now!


Booking Fees and credit card charges apply. Attendance to the Festival is subject to our Terms & Conditions please click to read them.


View all our ticket offerings from General Admission, to Hoptimised and VIP and see which is best for you.

  • General Admission

    Snatch up a deal

    Ticket includes;

    Souvenir tasting glass

    Access to all features and entertainment.

  • Hoptimised

    Premium Tasting Package

    Ticket includes;

    Souvenir tasting glass

    Access to all features and entertainment.

    Entry half an hour early

    10 tasting tickets

  • VIP

    Ultimate Beer & Food Package

    Ticket includes;

    Souvenir tasting glass 

    Access to all features and entertainment.

    Entrance to the exclusive VIP area with a range of seating, a complimentary bar, and a selection of food served throughout the day.

  • Designated Driver

    Non Drinker Entry

    Ticket includes;

    Access to all features and entertainment.

    Wristbands and glassware will not be issued with these tickets.


Heres your one stop spot to find out all you need to know about the festival.


ENTRY IS FROM 11.30am 28th January 2017     

BRING YOUR TICKETS & ID - Remember this a family festival but you must be 18+ to drink alcohol. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult... Kids 13 and under are free!

BRING CASH - We do have EFTPOS machines on site however cash will make your life much easier.   

COME PREPARED -  sunblock, hat and sunnies if it looks to be fine day, and drink responsibly.

PLEASE LEAVE FOOD & DRINK AT HOME - Our amazing selection of breweries and food vendors have everything you could possibly want, from beer and cider (of course), to wine, soft drinks, coffee and all sorts of delicious meals and snacks.

ARRANGE TRANSPORT - There is no public car parking for this event in Hagley Park. Please come by bus, bike, on foot or get dropped off. There is some (time restricted) street parking near-by, or use one of the many public car parks in the vicinity.



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

GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL SITE - We encourage using public transport - there is no car parking available for this event in Hagley Park

LEAVING THE FESTIVAL - Please be respectful of the neighbours when you leave the park





We welcome any enquiries in regard to the festival including going to it or being part of it.





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!

Supporting Sponsors