Live Kiwi music, tasty beer and laughter were all part of the "great vibes" this weekend at the Okere Falls Beerfest.

The 10th annual festival saw about 250 people attend on Friday and 400 tickets were sold for Saturday.

Okere Falls Store owner Sarah Uhl said it had been "awesome" with a lot of people around and great sunny weather.

"We've got lots of happy people, a great atmosphere, quite a lot of out-of-towners and people gearing up for summer."


The traditional German food and beer had "gone down really well", she said.

Mrs Uhl said they had German beers from Bavaria come in and there had been lots of craft beers on offer.

Croucher Brewing and Brew Bar co-owner Paul Croucher also held a beer tasting on Wednesday night, which included a beetroot beer, she said.

She said it had been great music and a great vibe with nice customers.

"It's a great way to get people out and about."

Bands in the weekend's line-ups included Joe's Van, White Chapel Jak, Strangely Arousing, The Bushchooks, Soul Satellites and Hopetoun Brown.

The Okere Falls Beerfest week started last Monday with a grand opening for the first time.

A special night for local hospitality workers who normally miss out on events was held on Monday, and featured former X-Factor contestants Brendon Thomas and The Vibes.

Mrs Uhl said it went very well, being the busiest Monday they had ever had, and she thought it would get bigger and bigger each year.

"We got to see a few faces from in town come out and enjoy what we have out here."

Yesterday rounded up the Okere Falls Beerfest with a German breakfast and live music.