Beer festival promises punch
Prenzel Distilling Co has created one-off cocktails for the 20th Blues, Brews and BBQs festival in Blenheim tomorrow.
Prenzel alchemist Hayden Johnson said the non-alcoholic Bubblegum special was designed to appeal to children, excluded from past festivals but able to attend this year.
Coloured purple, tasting like melon-grape Hubba Bubba gum, with zero alcohol and not too much sugar, the drink should go down a treat with the under-18s, he said.
The second drink especially formulated for Blues and Brews was a pineapple-flavoured tropical summer punch containing 7 per cent alcohol.
Served with ice and soda, this was a refreshing drink on what looked likely to be a hot summer day, Mr Johnson said.
He formulated drinks in his head based on smells, he said.
Prenzel owners Hugh and Chris Steadman said their business was a Brews and Blues stalwart that had attended the festival since it began in 1994.
They liked the Marlborough spirit and relaxed atmosphere of the day and the array of non-wine beverages on offer.
A quarter of the Prenzel stall would be devoted to children, Mrs Steadman said.
The drinks menu would also include Blue Goo and Love Junk, part of the standard Prenzel range which was always popular at the festival.
Blenheim Brews, Blues and BBQs will be held tomorrow at the A&P Showgrounds in Blenheim from midday until 7pm.
Organiser Graeme Boon said about 1500 tickets had sold by Thursday evening but with a hot day forecast he expected at least 3000 people to attend.
Tickets were available at the Blenheim i-Site and Floor Pride Marlborough Civic Theatre today and tomorrow. Last year about 3200 tickets were sold
The Marlborough Express