Sustainability - the main theme for the Arran Festival of Food and Drink
The food and drink industry plays an important role in the visitor experience, allowing visitors to connect with local people, local customs and traditions, and helping to enhance the experience of the destinations they are exploring. Importantly, it can also allow visitors to connect with a destination's natural environment and appreciate how seasonal, local produce goes from farm to plate.
Many of the businesses joining the inaugural Arran Festival of Food and Drink are brilliant examples of how quality food and drink is being served to visitors using local, seasonal produce and operating in a responsible way that benefits their business and the region.
One business who is joining the Festival is Café Thyme which is a local, family run café located within the Old Byre Visitor Centre on the west coast of Arran and accredited through the Taste Our Best scheme.
Run by husband and wife Hamza and Lorna, their unique menu, which brings together Scottish and Turkish cuisines, offers teas, coffees, home baking and delicious lunches cooked in their wood burning oven. Their speciality is flatbreads and pides, a Turkish pizza and fresh salads grown on site. Their ethos is to serve freshly prepared food that is not served everywhere else.