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By TRACEY ROXBURGH

Cabinet’s decision to drop the Alert Level late Wednesday afternoon came just in time to save several events planned for this weekend, including Saturday’s inaugural Craft Beer & BBQ Summit at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak.

NZSki comms manager Libby Baron says nine breweries have come on board including Behemoth, NEWNEWNEW, Arrowtown Brewing Co, Altitude and Lake & Wood.

‘‘Most of them are going to be having some special beers on tap for everyone to try that aren’t normally available,’’ she says.

Additionally, Cardrona Distillery will be on hand to make cocktails and Mt Difficulty will have wine on hand, ‘‘so you don’t just have to drink beer’’.

On the food front, Big Fella Barbecue, Lake & Wood, Little Mabel and Emmersons will be hard at it, with smoke being the order of the day.

A whole pig, pork and sausages will all be getting the woodchip treatment, resulting in smoked pork cubano sandwiches, brisket sandwiches, among others, and lots of veggie and vegan options, too.

Entertainment’s also being provided courtesy of The Crown Rangers, while it looks like the weather’s also coming to the party, which will run from 2pm till 8pm.

‘‘We’re expecting it to be about 25degC up the mountain,’’ Baron says.

Baron says there are still ‘‘heaps’’ of tickets available from either Coronet Peak’s website, or up the hill on the day.

Free parking and transport’s also being provided by NZSki – people can park in the Man Street carpark and hand their parking ticket to their bus driver, who’ll swap it with a free exit pass, valid till 2pm Sunday.

Buses leave Queenstown from outside The Station building, on Duke St, every 30 minutes from 1.30pm.

For more info, visit www.coronetpeak.co.nz/beer-bbq

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz