Ruby ESTHER - comedian




Wednesday 24th Jul 2024

7:30 p.m. at The Classic (Main Venue - Ground Fl)

Door sales usually available $15 OR Prebook Exclusive Tables for 2, 4 or 6 people (Limited numbers) on Eventfinda


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Cookbookery with Te Radar


6:00 p.m.

The Classic - Main Venue / Ground Floor
General admit $30 + Exclusive tables available Duration: 60 mins

It's a must see ... must taste.

A comedic celebration of food from the beloved and bizarre cookbooks of our past.  Te Radar has sampled a century and a half of New Zealand cookbooks to find the tastiest morsels, with a side of sumptuous vintage food photography.

Revealing New Zealand’s rich - and weird - home cooking heritage we rediscover celebrity chefs such as Graham Kerr, Alison Holst, Aunt Daisy and Hudson and Halls.  We’ll savour cookbooks designed to get us eating more dairy, tamarillos or kiwifruit, and the desperate lengths they go to:  Cold Sour Kiwifruit Soup anyone?  We’ll get a taste of cookbooks from school fundraisers and recipe contests: recipes supplied by ordinary kiwis that suggest some of us were not to be trusted with food.

Why did we disguise mutton as poultry? Why did Alison Holst believe fried brains were the perfect food for children? And is the brilliant “Recipes With Canned Foods Are Interesting” the greatest cookbook ever written in the nation’s history?

Multi award-winning comedian and documentarian Te Radar dishes up a smorgasbord of kiwi recipes moulded into a deliciously hilarious and sentimental journey through the Cookbookery of our past.

Serving suggestion : The show is deliberately early at 6pm so that you can all head out for a sumptuous dinner at your favourite restaurant afterwards and support our chefs and the hospitality industry.

All presales for our shows are exclusively via
Door sales are only available on the night of the show after 6pm.
Seating is cabaret-style with options for Exclusive Tables.

Prior booking, particularly for Exclusive Tables and Groups, is recommended otherwise door sales from 5:30 pm if not sold out.
GROUPS of any size just choose a combination of Tables and Single Admits to fit your group size. Yes you will ALL be seated together.

Single General Admit - $30 (Recommended if Exclusive Tables run out or to add extra seats to an Exclusive Table)
Exclusive Table of 2 - $60 ($30 ea) -
Exclusive Table of 4 - $116 ($29 ea)
Exclusive Table of 6 - $168 ($28 ea)
Exclusive Table of 10 - $260 ($26 ea)

Bar & Ticket Office open at 6pm
Seating in the main venue commences 15 mins before the advertised showtime. All shows start on time.
Seating is allocated by tables and we fill the venue from the front.
All booked under the same name are seated together.
Call 3734321 if your arrival is delayed.

We have a regular Bar Snack Menu which can be ordered on the night including Burgers, Loaded Fries, Kaarage Chicken, Tacos & more.
We do not offer any full meal/dining options but our festival showtimes provide plenty of time to dine before or after coming to the show.
Check out Tanuki's Sake Bar & Restaurant and Tanuki's Cave (Yakatori) which is right next door!! They have a function room for larger groups - early bookings are essential.

The Classic is a licensed bar. RP18 / Supervised.
Minors under 18 can be admitted if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Shows may contain mature adult content that may offend some people.
Anyone looking under 25 will be asked for ID in the form of NZ Driver's License, Passport or HNZ 18+ Card.
Entry will not be granted to minors, those without ID or intoxicated persons.