Where and when?
GABS Auckland is held at ASB Showgrounds, Epsom. There are two 5-hour sessions held on Saturday 29 June 2019.
SAT 29 JUNE
Session 1: 11.30am - 4.30pm
Session 2: 6.30pm - 11.30pm
How do I get there?
217 Greenlane West, Epsom, Auckland
We highly recommend taking public transport to get to ASB Showgrounds for GABS Auckland. For more information on public transport and parking options, please click here.
What do I bring?
I know, right? After purchase, this will be emailed to you. Print it out, have it ready on your phone, or open it in the Eventbrite app. No ticket, no GABS.
Proof Of Age
Knowing the MC Hammer dance won’t cut it. Licence, passport or proof of age card are a must-have.
Please note GABS Auckland is a strictly 18+ only event. People under the age of 18, including infants and younger children, will not be permitted entry.
What not to bring?
Bottles, cans, glass, food, drink, alcohol, illicit drugs, illegal substances, fireworks, explosives or anything that can be used as a weapon cannot be brought into the festival. Please note all bags are subject to inspection at any point during the event.
As you enter, you’ll be given a GABS Currency Wristband, Souvenir Festival Glass and your Official GABS Guide. And then you’re good to go!
What’s included in my ticket?
All tickets include a souvenir GABS Festival Glass, our 40-page Official Guide featuring all Festival Beer & Cider tasting notes, free entry to the Ariston Food & Drink Experience and Craft College sessions (including free food and samples), the biggest Silent Disco in town, circus and sideshow acts, the Ale Capones (just wait and see), exclusive access to up to 100 Festival Beers & Ciders made just for the event, as well as hundreds of beers and ciders from New Zealand and Australia’s leading producers, and much, much more! Check out the highlights here.
How does this cashless thing work?
GABS is a 100% cashless event. With no cash to handle, this helps our bars process transactions quickly, which means more time for you to enjoy the festival. All food, drink and merch can only be purchased with your GABS Currency wristband, provided on arrival.
GABS Currency can be purchased with your ticket in amounts of $25, $50 and $75. We highly recommend you pre-purchase Currency so you can fully enjoy the festival from the get-go.
Topping Up Currency
If you need to add more Currency to your wristband at the event, just head to one of our Currency stands or a roving Currency Seller.
If you don’t use all of your GABS Currency at the festival, never fear! GABS Currency refunds will be available online only from Monday 1 July (noon) to Sunday 14 July (midnight). Refunds will then be processed from Tuesday 16 July (6pm). Just make sure you hang on to your GABS Currency Wristband as you'll need the number printed on it to claim your refund. Click here between these dates to arrange your refund. Please note the minimum refund amount is $1.
How do Festival Beers & Ciders work?
Every year, we put the call out to the brewers and cidermakers of New Zealand and Australia to brew something brand new for GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest.
This year, we’ll be serving almost 100 ‘Festival Beers & Ciders’ from the Husky Container Bars, and this is your chance to be one of the first to sample them.
Here’s how it works…
Take a look at the Official Guide you’re given on arrival, or download the GABS App (available a week or two out from the event), to check out the Festival Beer & Cider tap list. We’ve marked each beer and cider with our ‘traffic light’ indicators (Easier Drinking / Stepping Up / Adventurous) to give you some guidance on what might suit your tastes.
Create a ‘Tasting Paddle’. We’ll have loads of these wooden paddles at the festival, and they allow you to get five different 85mL tasters in one hit.
Once you know what you want, use the chalk provided (again, it’s everywhere) to mark down the Festival Beer or Cider numbers on the paddle, take it to the appropriate Husky Container Bar (there are three containers divided into sections), hand it to the bartender, and they’ll pour that bad boy for you. Please try and keep each paddle within the same Container Bar section for speed of service.
If you then find something you want a little more of, at any time you can have your Souvenir Festival Glass filled with a 285mL serve of beer or cider. Prices for glass fills start from $6.50.
PRO TIP: Don't start at tap number 1. The tap numbers are ordered alphabetically by brewery and don't mean anything from a tasting perspective. But for some reason, lots of people start there. Start somewhere else and avoid the queues.
You’re very welcome to keep and take home your Souvenir Festival Glass, but please place your Tasting Paddles in the Paddle Bins as you exit your session.
What if I’m not into beer or cider?
We won’t hold it against you. ;-)
Enjoy delicious 19 Crimes wines from the Husky Container Bar.
Grab a soft drink from the Street Food Market.
And free water will be available from stations throughout the festival hall.
What else do I need to know?
Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the festival hall. Smokers are asked to smoke outside the main entrance and to one side.
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
This little shindig wouldn’t happen without the support of many awesome staff and volunteers. It just wouldn’t. They’ll all be in GABS t-shirts and easy to identify. Be nice to them. Give them a hug, even.
If anyone thinks GABS is a swillathon, they will only be disappointed.
While GABS is all about responsible beer and cider appreciation and education in a fun and festive atmosphere, anti-social behaviour will not be accepted.