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Oktoberfest 2018

Event Phone: 03 323 7353 (restaurant) or 0275 881442

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  • 06/10/2018 - 13/10/2018
    12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Event Date: 

6-10-2018: 12pm-4pm & 6pm-10pm

13-10-2018: 12pm-4pm & 6pm-10pm

The excitement is again high for one of Canterbury’s biggest fun events, the Rosebank 8th Annual Oktoberfest. Come and enjoy atmosphere, camaraderie and goodwill like not often seen. If this does not make you forget your daily routine, then nothing will! We do not have 6 million people in NZ  like what goes to the Bavarian Oktoberfest, but what we lack in numbers we make up with  passion and enthusiasm!

It starts Saturday 6th Oct and finishes Saturday 13th Oct with four jam packed sessions each Saturday. Experience real Oktoberfest atmosphere with an Oompah Band (Canterbury Brass) with live music, other traditional Oktoberfest music, German Food and Beer and authentic Otoberfest décor. The Oktoberfest is very popular every year, so make sure you get a ticket in time. (Ticket holders are let in 30 minutes before event starts so they can select best seats)

We have a wide range of German and NZ beers available like Erdinger, Bavarian Pilsner (NZ Craft beer), Glattenbrau Lager, Hofbrau, DAB, Paderborner, Krombacher, Kaiser, etc. And mouthwatering German dishes to go with those ice cold beers! (see Menu below)

For those that cannot make the festivities, the full German menu and range of beers will be available from Friday 5 Oct to Sunday 14 Oct for all to try or retry. Band will only play during designated sessions. This is an R18 Event.

No person will be allowed to book for two sessions on the same day.


Four action packed sessions takes place, see bottom for program. Session 1: Saturday afternoon 6 Oct 2018: 12 pm to 4 pm (ticket prices $12 per session)

Session 2: Saturday evening 6 Oct 2018: 6 pm to 10 pm (ticket prices $15 per session)

Session 3: Saturday afternoon 13 Oct 2018: 12 pm to 4 pm (ticket prices $12 per session)

Session 4: Saturday evening 13 Oct 2018: 6 pm to 10 pm (ticket prices $16 per session)

Group bookings

Groups of more than 10 get a special 15% discount on ticket prices, just email the organizer on to make the booking

(Only one session booking allowed per day)

Great fun with great Oktoberfest music and traditional games. Halls made up with authentic decor from Germany, creating a great atmosphere. Dress up and enjoy the occasion.  Group bookings welcome, bring your friends. Come and enjoy typical German “gemutlichkeit”

Buy tickets and meals online and secure your place. See Ticket section below. This is a R18 event!

Please see Menu and Programs below

Ticket List

If you have any uncertainty about your booking, please do not hesitate to contact us on

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1).Langsam gegart Schweinefleisch mit Sauerkraut, Geschmortem Rotkohl und Speckknödel     $25

Slow cooked pork shoulder served with sauerkraut, braised red cabbage and bacon dumplings

2).Gebratene Schweinshaxe , Sauerkrautsalat , Meerrettich, Eingelegtes Gemüse

und Hüttenbrot                                                                                                                                                               $25

Roasted pork knuckle, sauerkraut salad, horseradish, pickles and cottage bread

3).Hähnchenschnitzel Art mit Bratkartoffeln                                                                                                    $20

Chicken schnitzel  (with fried egg, capers & anchovy) with sauteed potatoes

4).Rindergulasch mit Spätzle                                                                                                                                   $20

Saxony beef Goulash served with herbed  short noodles

5). Bratwurst mit Senf und Kartoffelsalat Deutsch                                                                                         $15

Traditional Bratwurst sausage served with mustard and German potato salad

6).Cremigen Hühnchensalat mit Butterbrezel                                                                                                 $15

Creamy chicken salad with buttered pretzel



7).Apfelstrudel mit Walnüssen und Vanillesauce                                                                                          $10

Apple & walnut strudle with custard

8).Schwarzwald Kuchen mit Eis                                                                                                                           $12

Black forest gateau with ice cream



Saturday 6 Oct 2018 – Session 1 (12 pm-4 pm)

11.30 Doors open for ticketholders (ticket sales from 12pm if any tickets left)

12.00 Opening of Saturday session1, “O’zapft is!” (tapping of the beer)

Band starts playing

12.45 Masskrugstemmen (Stein Hoisting) – Men

1.45 Beerstein carrying – Ladies

2.30 Biscuit eating competition- men and ladies teams

3.15 Beer  competition (surprise!)

3.45 Oktoberfest Driving completion – all

4.00 Session closes

4.15 Rooms must be cleared, allowing set-up for next session


Saturday 6 Oct 2018 – Session 2 (6 pm-10 pm)

5.30 Doors open for ticketholders (ticket sales from 6pm if any tickets left)

6.00 Opening of Saturday session 2, “O’zapft is!” (tapping of the beer)

Band starts playing

6.45 Masskrugstemmen (Stein Hoisting) – Men

7.45 Beerstein carrying – Ladies

8.30 Biscuit eating competition – men and ladies teams

9.30 Beer  competition (surprise!)

9.45 Oktoberfest driving competition – all

10.00 Session closes

Saturday 13 Oct 2018 – Session 3 (12 pm-4 pm)    Repeat of Session 1

Saturday 13  Oct 2018 – Session 4 (6 pm-10 pm)  Repeat of Session 2

Priority seating will be given to people that buy tickets and food online.  This will help us plan the event better.

German Beers

Erdinger, Hefeweizen, Dunkel, Bitburger, Furstenburg, Hofbrauhaus, DAB, Puntigamer, Gosser, Kaltenberg, Kaiser, Keller, Krombacher, Paderborner, Puntigamer, Radeberger, Weitmans, Zipfer, Glattenbrau, etc

Why is Oktoberfest called “Oktoberfest” when it actually begins in September?

The historical background: the first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September. Since 1810, the Event was held every year except during the World Wars and two Cholera outbreaks and the event was only missed 24 times in its 200 years history.

The Oktoberfest is celebrated in Munich every year and in many other parts of the world, including New Zealand.

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