Food-to-market project gets funding support

A wide array of the fantastic producers on Arran. Photo courtesy Bay Kitchen and Stores, Whiting Bay

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Arran’s Food Journey has been awarded £5,000 from the Scottish government-supported regional food fund to deliver its Arran Food to Market project.

The aim is to promote Arran’s fantastic range of food and drink products – and highlight where to buy them on the island.

The project will also promote the shops which support Arran’s producers by selling Arran food and drink products, with information produced about what is available and where.

Following on from the success of its digital event in the spring, Arran’s Food Journey will support a producers’ market on Arran where the residents and visitors will be able to meet and engage with those who dedicate their time to producing Arran’s food and drink.

The project will also showcase Arran’s produce through cooking demonstrations and recipes from the island.

The grants were announced by rural affairs and islands cabinet secretary Mairi Gougeon, who said: ‘This funding underlines our continued commitment to this important and exciting sector, and I am delighted to see the involvement of such a diverse range of projects.’

Arran’s Food Journey co-ordinator Cameron Bruce said: ‘In all, 46 Arran-based food and drink enterprises are now working together with Arran’s Food Journey.

‘Arran has fantastic producers and much is already sold and used locally in our shops and restaurants and cafes, but there is potential for even more Arran produce to be consumed on Arran.

‘Arran’s Food Journey is aiming to inspire further collaboration between them, such as the recently launched Blackwater Bakehouse/Arran Coffee blend or blackcurrants from Robin Gray’s Gourmet Kitchen being used in Arran Cassis.’