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A taste of Bavaria

World-renowned Cantabrian brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel, of Geisen wine fame, are the creative force behind one of the latest additions to hospo hotspot Riverside Market – Kaiser Brew Garden.



Fiercely committed to Christchurch, the German-Kiwi trio have collaborated with local hospitality personality Campbell Parker and expert brewer Dicky Fife to bring the quintessential beer culture of Bavaria to Christchurch’s thriving hospitality scene. The venture pays homage to the original Kaiser Brewery of Bavaria, founded by the brothers’ great uncle in the 1830s. More than 170 years later, the Kaiser beer business has been given a new lease on life.

An original handwritten family beer recipe given to the brothers on a trip to Bavaria is how the story begins. “The recipe has been tucked away but it arrived with us at the right time. The Canterbury earthquakes taught us that we had too many eggs in one basket in terms of our vineyards. We had brewing legend Dicky Fife on our Giesen team and, once he found out we had rediscovered our family brewing recipe… well, it was a no-brainer, Kaiser Brothers Brewery was born,” Alex says.


If anyone knows about beer, it’s Dicky Fife – after all, he’s the man behind Dux de Lux’s famous Ginger Tom brew! A renowned Master Brewer and Senior Beer Judge who’s taken out numerous trophies and medals for brewing himself, Dicky has taken the family’s original recipes and handcrafted a range of Bavarian-inspired craft beers that are brewed locally – the Kiwi way.

Well-known hospitality operator Campbell Parker, who has set up and run many successful hospitality ventures, says although he was living in Spain at the time, he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to partner with the Giesen brothers to establish Kaiser Brew Garden, so he packed up and moved home.


Campbell says Kaiser Brew Garden will be a perfect addition to the already popular Riverside Market. “It’ll be a relaxing garden terrace above the hubbub of the marketplace, where people can pop in for a yarn. Our values sit nicely alongside Riverside’s. We’re keeping it fresh, fun and local,” Campbell says.

With a working micro-brewery on-site, this roof terrace garden bar will be the only of its kind in the heart of the city. Here you’ll meet old friends and make new ones as you sip on one of their delicious craft beers, ciders or fruity cocktails, and peruse a Bavarian-inspired menu that features German favourites like sauerkraut, flammkuchen and apple strudel.


If you’re heading to the Great Kiwi Beer Festival this summer, you can taste four of Kaiser Brother’s Brewery’s delicious beers (including one that’s exclusive to the festival only!) and one refreshing apple cider – plus a shandy and lemonade will also be available.



Riverside Market: The feather in the city’s cap

The central city’s new Riverside Market has all the theatre and atmosphere of an industrial-scale Victorian era warehouse, with all the security of the latest in engineering by Kirk Roberts. How lucky is Christchurch?



Kirk Roberts’ Executive Structural Manager Nick Calvert says the exposed steel work in this building is a real point of difference. “Our team are a dynamic force, bringing a genuine sense of innovation and ‘can-do’ attitude to modern engineering challenges.”

On the front façade, the steel is integral to the aesthetics and forms part of the weatherproofing of the building, as well as being the strength of the building. The structure actually starts from the ground up, with stone columns embedded into the ground, meaning the foundation itself could be relatively shallow.

While it’s difficult to look past the stunning array of produce on offer, once inside, remember to look up at the roof to take in the scale of the exposed steel work which, together with the shear walls at the back of the building, are key to the structural support.

“The challenge was to make the steel work architecturally attractive,” Nick says. “We worked as a group, integrating architectural, structural, and geotechnical requirements. Knowing the details had to look great because it was exposed meant we had to find an overall solution that ticked multiple boxes. Our job at Kirk Roberts is to find and offer better solutions for our clients.”

The finished building is a fantastic asset. “We are so proud to have worked on what is a real feather in Christchurch’s cap.”




Canterbury’s market: A vibrant, exciting hub

Have you been to Riverside Market yet? Given its meteoric popularity and the numbers already through the doors, you could be forgiven for thinking you are in a minority if you haven’t.




Following a ‘soft’ opening in late September, on 5 October this extraordinary new feature of the CBD was officially opened. Richard Peebles, along with co-investors Mike Percasky and Kris Inglis, and guest speakers, MP for Wigram Dr. Megan Woods and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, declared the five-year-long project open for business.

Riverside Market, overlooking The Avon and The Bridge of Remembrance, is a chic collection of eateries, retail outlets, and with the vibrancy of farmer’s market stalls, brings to you the freshest local produce, meats, seafood, baked goods and so much more!

“We want this to be Canterbury’s market,” says Riverside General Manager Mike Fisher. “It will be a community gathering place, a hive of activity, and a celebration of the diversity of Christchurch.”


A hive of activity it is! From the moment you step inside you feel the buzz of a busy street market and smell the aromas of freshly baked, cooked, and prepared foods of every type imaginable.

Inside, the design leads you through a rustic network of stalls featuring the warmth of natural timbers and the strength of iron, elegantly intertwined to produce an industrial heritage vibe. The use of recycled materials – rimu, bricks, salvaged windows, even 100-year-old wallpaper – culminates with the installation of two faces of the now iconic Christchurch Railway Station clock that froze in time at 4.36am on September 4, 2010.


There are three levels of activity, with multiple entry points from Cashel Street, Oxford Terrace, and Lichfield Street. With more to come, the ground floor is a cornucopia of delicacies, treats, meals, beverages and foods, cheeses, sauces and more and more and more!

Dining space is provided on three levels, including outdoors, with even more eateries to open.

More than 70 market stalls, food outlets, retail boutiques, bars and restaurants bring you the best of the best. Small business owners – micro artisan producers – have the opportunity so sell their products via The Riverside Collective – a space shared by those who may not be able, financially or time-wise, to rent full time in the permanent stalls.


“It’s an incredibly amazing idea,” says Sarah Page, owner of Vegan Deli Diva ( Her artisan cheeses and deli products – handmade, organic, dairy, plant based, and wheat and GMO free – are available alongside other local producers such as The Brothers Green, Spicy Boys, Kākāriki Kitchen and more.

On the street level outside (on Oxford Terrace), there is al fresco eating with many retailers having open frontages, including Le Panier, Dimitri’s, and summertime favourite Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream!

See all the new additions at The dream of Riverside Market as a vibrant, exciting hub has already come true. From fresh produce, fish and cured meats to donuts, crêpes, a sushi train and even a kitchen school, Riverside Market will be the place to go in the CBD this summer!



Hottest happenings

There are some exciting things on the horizon as the inner city comes back to life. Nicholas Henare checks out some of spring’s finest.



The Riverside Market is opening on 30 September, just in time for spring, and is set to become the centre of food and activity in the city; a place where the people of Canterbury can come together and celebrate our amazing city and enjoy an incredible collection of local businesses. There’s a slice of the amazing cultures that make up our Canterbury community with flavours from around the world, including Argentinean, Greek, Chinese, French, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, Turkish, Nepalese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian and Turkish. There’s also a fantastic selection of local businesses in the surrounding laneways ranging from gifts and fashion to streetwear and tattoos!


Photography by Nay Hauss


One event close to my heart is Hard-ly Speaking. An event aimed at changing the conversation for men in Ōtautahi, the format is simple: over the course of the evening, six diverse men speak for four minutes each. There are no hard and fast rules – just a unifying belief in the value of celebrating honesty and vulnerability, and of course, locally provided eats and drinks in an epic location. The last event saw men sharing a frank discussion about topics that we often shelve due to their sensitivity. The event is on at Christchurch BMW, 104 Moorhouse Avenue, this Thursday 19 September from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets are $55 and worth every cent. Guest speakers are Tyla Harrison Hunt, Isaac Gieson, Colin Mansbridge, Trevor Hone, Mike Brown and Gary Moore.


Photography by Malia Rose Photography


On Thursday 24 October, a fine selection of North Canterbury wineries from across the region are coming to the Christchurch Town Hall for the annual Taste North Canterbury – a springtime extravaganza celebrating the best of locally grown drops. Head along to experience incredible wine, delicious artisan eats, top notch tunes from local DJs and a whole lot of fun – get hyped on being part of New Zealand’s coolest little wine region! This awesome event is a great way to support local producers and get a taste of the beautiful wine being made right on our doorstep. Taste North Canterbury is for everyone – serious wine fanatics, foodies, and people who get buzzed on local experiences! From 5pm to 8pm at The Limes Room, Christchurch Town Hall. Tickets $49.



Riverside Market

Riverside Eats: Riverside Market

Bringing figurative and literal life to the heart of the city is the remit of the Riverside Market, currently in the works within the central city.


Riverside Market


The new Riverside Market will be the centre of attention, but for all the right reasons, attracting people from near and far to the former Re: Start Mall site bordered by Cashel and Lichfield streets.

The seven-day indoor market will house 30 independent food outlets and 40 fresh produce stalls. Connected to the five-building market will be the Riverside Lanes, where locals and tourists can have the boutique fashion shopping experience plus more options for eating out.


 Riverside Market

Construction on this mammoth project is expected to start in October and take a year. When it’s all said and done, the development should be the talk of the town as it’s filling up thousands of visitors’ stomachs and bags with local eats and fresh produce.


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