Mouthwatering success at Corrie foodfest

A young customer receives a special treat from Schaun Shirkie of the Blackwater Bakehouse.

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The now annual Corrie Food Festival which is aimed at showcasing some of Arran’s finest food producers and drink purveyors saw visitors enjoying a second helpings at the Corrie and Sannox Village Hall last weekend.

Owing to the sell-out success of last year’s event, stall holders prepared for far larger crowds this year but even they could not anticipate the number of visitors which had the entire venue packed from noon until 5pm when many of the vendors had once again sold out owing to popular demand.

A combined effort by the Arran Supper Club, Mara Fish Bar and Deli, Ferghan Mhor Vegan B&B and The Sandwich Station, the cumulative effort provided visitors with a heady assortment of delicious aromas and culinary treats for those attending.


It was also a welcome homecoming for Lizanne Zietsman who, as previously reported in the Banner, was allowed to return to Arran earlier this month after the resolution of her visa row. And she was back behind The Sandwich Station stall at the side of husband John Malpas.

On offer for the visitors was an assortment of dishes, treats and specialty items that catered for omnivores, vegans, vegetarians and those with a sweet tooth. The Mara Fish Bar enticed visitors with their freshly caught fish dishes while the Arran Supper Club tempted hungry diners with tacos. Ferghan Mhor Vegan B&B provided an assortment of vegan soups and fresh pancakes made to order. The Sandwich Station did a roaring trade with their fantastic fare as did their cookie company which was a huge hit with visitors.

At the opposite end of the packed-to-capacity hall The old Pier Cafe made selecting a meal very difficult with a huge array of quiches, sausage rolls and a massive amount of beautifully decorated home baking.

The Tartan Tablet Company and Blackwater Bakehouse, who had a selection of sourdough and various loaves, pastries and baked goods, ensured that visitors did not leave empty-handed and returned home with treats for the whole family.


A small bar area, with Arran Gin and other familiar favorites, was available for those that wanted a small tipple with their meal, or snack, rather than tea or coffee.

Outside the pop-up Chai Caddy provided visitors with specialty teas, vegetarian food and decadent cakes which visitors enjoyed inside the mobile restaurant and outside in the garden.

Visitors pack the entire seating area of the Corrie and Sannox Village Hall. 01_B43foodfest01

Schaun Shirkie and George Grassie of the Blackwater Bakehouse with some of their tempting baked goods. 01_B43foodfest02

Simon Thorborn joined the event with some of his sought-after crockery. 01_B43foodfest03

Lizanne Zietsman and John Malpas of the Lochranza Sandwich Station are kept busy with a high demand for their food and cookies. 01_B43foodfest04

A customer shows his approval of the seafood from Kirsty and Gordon Decaestecker of Mara Fish Bar and Deli. 01_B43foodfest05

Jess Wallace and Beth Vipond of the Arran Supper Club do a roaring trade with their tacos. 01_B43foodfest06

Gregor and Ruth McLaren of Ferghan Mhor Vegan B&B and a line of customers eager to try their soup and pancakes. 01_B43foodfest07

The old Pier Cafe sold a huge amount of specialty sausage rolls and a large variety of cakes. 01_B43foodfest08

Queues form outside the mobile tea house, the Chai Caddy which also makes vegetarian meals and decadent cakes. 01_B43foodfest09

A young customer receives a special treat from Schaun Shirkie of the Blackwater Bakehouse. 01_B43foodfest10