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Yes it is Oktoberfest time again

(Ja es ist Oktoberfest immer wieder)

It is that time of the year again, time to have the one of the great celebrations of the year.. the annual Rosebank Oktoberfest, the fourth year in a row this has taken place. It takes place this year on Friday 3 Oct, Sat 4 Oct and Sunday 5 Oct. Once again our halls will be made up in beautiful blue and white (the Bavarian colours) with decor imported from Germany, creating a blue and white spectacle. 

Added to this is a live Oompah Band to create a lively atmosphere. Lots of music normally played at the Munich Oktoberfest is also played. This creates a real party atmosphere and most people cannot help but sing along and dance with the tunes. Off course the singing of “Ein Prosit” gives a chance to “cool down” and relax before the next group of songs erupt. Cantabrians have shown that they can also party like the Germans do and seem to follow the motto “work hard, play hard”.

In order to add to the atmosphere, people are encouraged to dress up in German garb, that is Lederhozen und Durndl or at least a German hat. Some hats etc will be on sale at the festival. Session prizes will be offered for the best traditionally dressed male and female.

Like last year we will have lots of Bavarian food available including traditional dishes like hogs (Schweinebraten), sauerkraut, potatoes (Kartoffeln), pretzels, etc. Food will be available throughout the sessions with prices ranging from $9 to $25. A special menu has been created for the event. In order to make the event accessible to all, it is offered in four sessions over three days. 

The festival runs Friday 3rd October 6pm until 10pm, Saturday 4th October from 12pm until 4.00pm (Session 1) and 6pm until 10pm (session 2), and Sunday 5th October from 11am until 3pm. Doors open 30 minutes before official start times for people with tickets to select tables. So buy tickets early this year.

Sunday is special Family Day . where families are invited to bring the kids, play some games and relax. Special story telling sessions will be held for small children. Many fairy tales have a German origin like “Hanzel und Gretel” and kids should enjoy this.

The competitions are a real treat and enjoyed by all. Couples are challenged to eat a biscuit off each other’s chest, with their hands tied. In order to invite people to dress for the occasion, Rosebank will this year offer prizes for the most traditionally dressed lady and gentlemen (in Lederhozen and Dirndl). Also, do not forget the traditional beer competition. For those that do not have the right gear, some hats, etc are available at a minimal price..

The event cannot be called an Oktoberfest without some great beers. The specially brewed Glättenbrau (Lager) is always a favourite as well as the locally brewed Bavarian Pilsner by Wigram Brewery. This year a German “Weissbeer” will also be available on tap. And everyone has to try at least one of the imported German beers of which a large variety is available. German style wines like Riesling and Gewürtztraminer are popular with the ladies. 

Entry is $10 if paid before the event ($12 at the door). Book and pay for your tickets now and get early site entry to select tables (30 minutes prior to start of event). And sorry, nobody is permitted to remain on site between Oktoberfest sessions. Advance bookings are strongly recommended by phoning 323 7353 or email 

Come and help to make this a great occasion for all and enjoy true Bavarian 'Gemutlichkeit'.  Ein Prosit!!!

See the Event details on right hand side of the website  for the full program

Rosebank inside:

The Estate

Rosebank Estate is just 6 minutes from Christchurch Airport and only 15 minutes to Central City (see map under Contacts)

The Estate has an air of peace and tranquility with the beautiful gardens, rural outlook and friendly staff. It is the idyllic setting for weddings, birthdays, corporate and other social functions. Our gardens and buildings have been renovated and look splendid, ready for great functions and to enjoy the outdoors.

The Restaurant, Bar and Wine Tasting Room is open daily, from 9am -5pm. Dinners Wednesdays to Saturdays. We have several function rooms available for functions. Cosy fire going during cold winter days making for a pleasant atmosphere. 

Relax with a glass of fine Rosebank Wine, enjoy our great food, take a stroll through our beautiful gardens, see the new pond  or wonder down to the Groynes and dog park.

Rosebank has 4 banquet/meeting rooms (the largest can cater for up to 250 guests) and can accommodate up to 350 guests in total on the premises, providing parking for up to 100 cars. Rooms available for 10-20, 20-40 and 40 -250 people.

Whether for business or leisure, Rosebank is the perfect venue.  Contact us today to make a booking for a lunch, dinner or that special function. 



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