The last event was a real beerstravaganza, and with the best brewers and most delicious beers on tap,
next 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.
  • The Juggling Act
    12:00 PM

    Beer Baroness & Southpaw

    Being the Head Brewer of Beer Baroness and of growing new brand Southpaw, Cameron Burgess knows all about the challenges (and rewards) of contract brewing. Come hear him talk about his very own juggling act.

  • Beer & Fruit
    1:00 PM

    Brew Moon

    Wander down a fruity path with Belinda from Brew Moon and hear about the sorts of styles and fruits that are creating a unique relationship between beer and fruit. 

  • Christchurch Around the Country
    2:00 PM

    Eagle Brewing

    Craft beer means all different things to all sorts of people. Find out how Christchurch performs on a national stage with Dave from Eagle Brewing.

  • Grain to Glass
    3:00 PM

    Gladfield Malt

    For five generations, the Michael family have been growing malt barley in Canterbury. Doug and Gabi Michael now steer this ship and these guys definitely know a thing or two about getting the grain to the glass. 

  • Defining Canterbury
    4:00 PM

    Punky Brewster

    Join Rach & Will from Punky Brewster as they talk about the trends, styles and other elements that make Canterbury unique in the beer world. 

  • Wonderful Wigram
    5:00 PM

    Wigram Brewing

    Head along to hear about the evolution of craft beer in Christchurch from one of the cities longest-standing brands, Wigram Brewing. 

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 5pm, 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.

  • Garth Peterson
    12:00 PM


    Certified beer judge, certified beer server and graduate of the Siebel Institue of Technology brewing school, Garth moved to Christchurch from the bright lights of Chicago.

    Unable to find a place to purchase great craft beers in his new home city, Garth decided to solve his own problem and that's The Beer Library came to be.

  • Hamish Jones
    1:00 PM


    The musings of someone who accidentally ended up owning a brewery, who doesn't really want to do things the easy way; by juggling two brands that are both brewing some interestingly different styles.

    You will probably hear some ramblings about how medals and awards look nice and seem to find their way to him by accident... and of course there'll be some tastings!

  • Mark White
    2:00 PM


    Mark will reflect on how the industry looked 26 years ago, how it has changed and consolidating their sites after a quarter of a century in the business! 

    He will also cover the importance of quality - investment into equipment, being HACCAP approved and doing a product recall.

    And let's not forget the beer! Mark's session will include a little mention of a couple of local favourites - Rogue Hop and Ngahere Gold.

  • Lee-Ann Scotti & Michael O'Brien
    3:00 PM


    They brew in a stone basement in Oamaru, at a 100 litres per brew day, essential commerical home brewers.

    Craftwork began in 2014, and much has happened since... come and hear their story.

  • Martin Bennett
    4:00 PM


    Professor Dodsworth explains where he's come from, what's happening now at The Lab and where it's going next.

    Hopefully joined by a mystery guest from his distant past...

  • Paul & Laura Finney
    5:00 PM


    Finney is from Emporium Brewing in Kaikoura. Come and hear how the town is recovering and find out a bit about his history of brewing with some odd ingredients which have ranged from beetroot to KFC!


The Great Kiwi Beer Festival presents another amazing lineup of NZ’s favourite musicians.
Dave Dobbyn, alongside Sola Rosa, Swamp Thing, The Eastern and Assembly Required will provide the beats to go with your brews.
  • Dave Dobbyn
    5:15 PM

    Dave Dobbyn says that since day one, he has had a tune in his head.

    In 40 years as a recording artist, he has written the soundtrack to Kiwi lives, with a string of hits including ‘Slice of Heaven’,‘Beside You’, ‘Be Mine Tonight’, ‘Loyal’ and ‘Oughta Be in Love’. 

  • Sola Rosa
    3:45 PM

    Sola Rosa is one of Kiwi music’s most evolutionary and enduring acts. 

    With seven full-length albums, four EPs, a handful of hits, countless collaborations and numerous world tours, the songs seamlessly blend a myriad of genres, from hip-hop and jazz, to neo-soul, latin and funk.

  • Swamp Thing
    2:15 PM

    Swamp Thing play every show like it is their last, making a sound that reaches far back into the musical DNA of roots music. 

    Their energetic live performances are renowned for inspiring concert goers to get up and dance, while showcasing a wealth of musical experience.

  • The Eastern
    1:00 PM

    The Eastern are a string band that roars like a punk band, that swings like a gospel band, and drinks like a country band..

    Whether roaring as their big six-piece string band or swinging the loud lonesome sound as a three piece, The Eastern can hold it down in all settings for all comers.

  • Assembly Required
    11:30 AM

    Known for their energetic and entertaining live performances Chch based duo 'Assembly Required' are a subtle blend of hard hitting guitars and powerfully raw vocals.

    Armed with a rhythm section they will be bringing their eclectic brand of melodic blues inspired folk rock to The Great Kiwi Beer Festival.


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.

  • 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.


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



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



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 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 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 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.



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!



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.



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 - 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.



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



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



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 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 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.



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!



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 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 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 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.



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 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 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. 


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

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


View our currently available ticket offerings, and be sure to get in quick to secure Early Bird 1 and VIP Tickets!

  • General Admission

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    Ticket includes;

    Souvenir tasting glass

    Access to all features and entertainment.

  • 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 11.00am 27th January 2018     

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.