Gary Miller

4:00 PM

Gary will share his ideas on how to make your food truly shine over Summer. From sizzling meats to sultry salads, Gary will show you how to make the most of the produce on offer over the Kiwi Summer and how to enjoy food alfresco style.

Gary is well-known in the hospitality community for his work throughout New Zealand and the Pacific Rim for event conception, organization 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. 

FOOD & RETAIL

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

COOKING, EATING & STALLS

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.

  • Julie & Ilaria Biuso
    12:00 PM

    Hoppin' Hot

    Julie Biuso and daughter Ilaria from award-winning foodie website Shared Kitchen will be on stage for the first time at The Great Kiwi Beer Festival.

  • Alex Davies
    1:00 PM

    More than 'meats' the eye

    Alex Davies from Gatherings nailed the food accolades in 2017 with his restaurant Gatherings being named ‘Best New Metropolitan Restaurant’ by Cuisine Magazine, as well as being awarded a prestigious One Hat rating.

  • David Nicol
    2:00 PM

    The workings of a Chef's mind

    Join David & his head chef Josh as they put on an impromptu demonstration showing how they come up with a dish using surprise ingredients selected by David, that reflects this diversity. So basically, the workings of a Chef’s mind.

     

  • Julie & Ilaria Biuso
    3:00 PM

    Hoppin' Hot

    Julie Biuso and daughter Ilaria from award-winning foodie website Shared Kitchen will be on stage for the first time at The Great Kiwi Beer Festival with a repeat performance.

  • Gary Miller
    4:00 PM

    Make Your Summer Sizzle

    Gary will share his ideas on how to make your food truly shine over Summer. From sizzling meats to sultry salads, he will show you how to make the most of the produce on offer over the Kiwi Summer and how to enjoy food alfresco style.

MOUTH WATERING MORSELS & GOODIES

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!

 

 

 AMI’S HENNA & BEAUTY

Take a piece of the festival home with you with Ami’s Henna & 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.

 

ARIN SUSHI & DUMPLINGS

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

 

ARJEE BHAJEE

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 vegetable samosas. Pair with their house-made naan breads; plain, brushed with butter or with garlic.

 

B.G.T

Bloody Good Tucker! The burger experts have whipped up a sensational selection for the festival, including premium beef, venison and gourmet hamburgers.

 

BURRITO MAGIC

The best Californian style burritos outside of Cali. They magic them into existence using a crazy super-hot steamer to soften and heat the tortilla and then melt the cheese before they fill your burrito with the good stuff. There are just so many options to choose from, including chicken, vegetarian, venison and fish. All burritos come with Spanish rice, pinto and black beans and fresh salsa.

 

DAIRYWORKS

Dairyworks knows how to put a smile on your dial. Grab a scoop of their premium ice cream made with only natural colours and flavours. Don’t forget to top off your frozen treat with their decadent range of sauces.

 

ELECTRIC PUKEKO

Electric Pukeko Hats is a fun, fashion forward hat brand providing Kiwis with the latest in head wear and eye wear trends.  Trilby's, cheese cutters, panamas, wide brim mens’ and stylish ladies’ hats…they have you covered!

 

EMPIRE COFFEE

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. There are plenty of options including non-dairy alternatives at no extra charge.

 

FRITZ’S WIENERS

The highest quality, mouth-watering, smoked bratwurst in a freshly baked baguette bun, garnished with onions or sauerkraut and topped with your favourite mustard. It’s easy to see why millions of customers agree that Fritz’s Wieners are the best thing since someone thought of putting a bratwurst in a bun!

 

FULLY PITTED SOUTHERN SMOKED BBQ

American pit smoke BBQ done with a Kiwi twist. Today they are serving up Cardrona lamb, Wakanui brisket and Dunedin 'happy' pork. These meats are smoked low'n'slow over fruit woods until juicy and tender, then served in a soft roll with their tangy slaw and home-made sauces.

 

HELL PIZZA

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.

 

HERBA GOURMET     

Herba Gourmet - street food at its very best! Healthy lunch options, homemade, free range and locally sourced where possible. Gluten free, coeliac friendly, dairy free, sugar free and vegan friendly options. Eat, drink, heal.

 

KUNG FU DUMPLINGS

Authentic Kathmandu momo dumplings lovingly hand crafted in Kaiapoi, freshly steamed to perfection when you order. Served with exotic mouth-watering sauces.

 

LIAM’S HUNGARIAN LANGOS

Langos is a Hungarian style fried bread, a favourite street and fair food. It is served with a choice of garlic and sea salt, walnut and watercress pesto, jalapeno and 4 herb harissa or feta and tomato herb salad. Liam’s takes the hungry out of Hungarian!

 

LIBERTY DOGS

Liberty Dogs will be selling Cuban sandwiches, American hotdogs and homemade churros drizzled in chocolate, salted caramel or strawberry.

 

NATIVE THAI FOOD

New to the festival, Native Thai food caravan will be serving up a delicious array of Thai food including stir fried noodles, curry and finger food. 

 

RADISH

Radish offers delicious street food, brown rice boxes & handcrafted sandwiches with Japanese and Asian inspired ingredients. Try one of their teppan teriyaki sandwiches or Japanese fried chicken brown rice boxes.

 

SMOKED MARLBOROUGH

Smoked Marlborough return with their incredible barbequed manuka- smoked bacon, avocado and rocket rolls. Showcasing great flavours from the Marlborough region, including Rai Valley bacon, locally grown avocados and fresh rocket salad.

 

THE BURGER JOINT

With a focus on locally sourced, quality ingredients The Burger Joint sells delicious gourmet burgers from a beautifully restored 1961 Starliner caravan. “Real Food, Real Local” is the mantra for this business with their burgers being a good size, wholesome and filling with no need for extras on the side!

 

THE FOOD DEN

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

 

THE GOURMET HANGI KITCHEN

The Gourmet Hangi Kitchen serves up Maori, Polynesian and Kiwi street food. Try their gourmet hangi and secret gravy, hangi pork rolls, stuffed fried bread and sliders, chop suey, fresh smoked mussels, oysters, kinas and more.

 

THE LITTLE THAI KITCHEN

The Little Thai Kitchen are offering up delicious grilled satay chicken skewers served with homemade Thai style peanut sauce and grilled Thai style pork skewers. Thai street food that is full of colour and flavour.

 

THE VAGABOND CHEFS

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. Steamed, pickled, torched and tossed - big flavours skewer every Vagabond feast.

 

THE WHITEBAIT PEOPLE

As the name suggests, you can trust these guys to make great West Coast whitebait patties. Other kiwi delicacies on the menu today are mussel fritters and Chatham Island paua patties.

 

UNCLE JO’S ASIAN CUISINE

Uncle Jo's offers a range of Asian dishes on both rice and bread rolls to suit the tastes of the west and the east. A wide selection of dishes complemented with traditional and modern sauces.

 

WILD AZ

Wild Az return with their infamous pork belly burger served with Asian-slaw, aioli, coriander and salsa on an artisan style bun. Their garlic escargots are another crowd pleaser. They pride themselves on serving quality food with speed and friendly service.