Inn offers unusual beer bounty

JARED NICOLL
Last updated 05:00 19/03/2013
Jo O'Conner
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Possums for pints: Kaipupu Point Mainland Island Society secretary Jo O'Conner supports the Pestival's planned fur trade of a pint for a possum tail

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A Golden Bay bar owner will give you a free pint in return for a possum tail at Picton's celebration of pest eradication, the Pestival festival.

Mussel Inn owner Andrew Dixon is making the offer to raise awareness of pest eradication at the first Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary fundraising festival, the Pestival, at Waitohi Domain in Picton on March 23.

The predator-free mainland island is home to weka, tui and blue penguins, and its walking track will open on March 17, one week before the Pestival.

Mr Dixon said the inn introduced the offer in 2008 and has received more than 5000 possum tails over the counter.

"The folks that reckon they know say that bounties don't work, well we reckon they've been offering the wrong sort of bounty. While our offer is a bit of fun, the issue of pest eradication is deadly serious and we are right behind the Picton Pestival."

The festival will feature fine food, craft beer from the Mussel Inn and wine from Clos Marguerite, along with live music.

Pestival communications manager Chrissy Powlesland said families, hunters, and tourists will get the chance to try good food and drink and learn about protecting the environment.

All proceeds will go towards pest-control work on Kaipupu Point.

The Bluebridge Cook Strait ferry service will offer discounted travel on the day.

The Pestival will run from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, March 23, at the Waitohi Domain at Dublin St in Picton. Adult tickets cost $15 on the day, with entry for children free.

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- The Marlborough Express

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