The first ever Corrie Food Festival was held in the Village hall last Saturday, 27th October, and by the large numbers filling the hall (people were apparently queuing to get in before the event opened at 12), it got off to a thriving start. By 2.30pm the hall was so crowded it was hard to move around to sample the produce at the different stalls, some of which were close to selling out.
Showcasing the best of Arran’s food and drink, over 10 stall holders set up in the hall serving a variety of items for visitors to try. There was food from the newly established Arran Supper Club, Mara fish bar and deli, Ferghan Mhor Vegan B&B, Thai Street Food, the Sandwich Station, Blackwater Bakehouse and many more. There were also Wine tasting sessions with Tony Burrin, as well as drinks from the Isle of Arran Gin Company. Just some of the delicious things to try included Mackerel and Kimchi Stew and fillet of Ling en Papillote from Mara, Turkish themed dishes from the Arran Supper club, including an amazing Tabbouleh (see recipe below), and vegan Hug in a Bowl soup, cashew cheese, chutneys and cakes from Ferghan Mhor.
Long tables had been set up in the middle of the hall for visitors to sit down, tuck in and socialise!
And later on, music from Meghan and Innis, and the Brown Noise, to keep the very gratified folk even more contented!
The Arran Supper Club shared the following recipe with the Voice –
Feeds 4-6 as part of a Meze platter
300g curly parsley
2 small red onions
Bunch of spring onions
5 large tomatoes
50g fine bulgur wheat (or cous cous)
Juice of 2 lemons
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
Pick and wash parsley and mint then finely slice (this will take sometime as the greens need to be sliced extremely small!). Prepare bulgur according to instructions. Finely dice red and spring onions. Deseed tomatoes and finely dice. Mix other vegetables into the parsley and dress with the combined lemon juice, olive oil and seasoning. Adjust dressing to taste. Sprinkle with pomegranate arils if available and enjoy!
The Arran supper club is a new dining experience on Arran offering banquet style food with changing menus. Our first night was a middle eastern themed menu and BYOB. The next will be later in November with a date to be announced soon. We also offer catering and event services.
See their Facebook page for more details.