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Walking the talk of Byron foodies By: Vivienne Pearson

‘There has been a food revolution going for years right here in Byron Bay,’ says Kadri Kutt from Byron Foodies, a new walking foodie tour of the Byron Arts & Industry Estate. ‘The fresh ingredients, clean air and good vibes have created a healthy culture that pays homage to where food comes from.’ Kadri, who launched the tours in December last year, is the perfect person to introduce visitors (and locals) to the hidden food scene in the A&I Estate. With 15 years in food tourism, including with Melbourne Food & Wine, she combines a love of all things food and the ability to tell the stories behind it. ‘I love food and meeting the makers,’ Kadri says. ‘Everyone I have spoken to in the industry says that they we need more ways of letting people see what they do. And so, the tours were born.’ ‘There is a set itinerary, but we add things according to the group,’ says Kadri. ‘It’s their day so the length of time we spend in each place varies.’ The tours (billed as more of a meander than a walk) can include visits to Byron

Harvest Festival

Bay Cookie Company, Byron Bay Peanut Butter Company, Stone & Wood, Lord Byron Distillery, Bun Coffee and Barrio. Kadri is aware that the Arts & Industry estate has so much to offer visitors but is usually off the tourist trail. Galleries and retail outlets are also options for inclusion in the tours, which generally go for between two and five hours. For locals, the area is one that keeps surprising. ‘I discover new things every time,’ says Kadri. ‘Each tour is an adventure for me too.’ People staying in Byron Bay are encouraged to catch the solar train – all tours start at the North Beach Station

Planning is well advanced for the upcoming Harvest Festival. This year the festival will run over 12 days starting on Wednesday 24 April. near Elements – and groups can consist of a pre-existing group or individuals and pairs who can bond over shared food across the day. ‘Gastronomic tourism is one of the most dynamic and creative segments of tourism,’ says Kadri, who chose to move to the area a year ago after visiting many times. ‘It enables you to tell the story of a destination’s history, culture and people.’ Info: Byron Foodies tours, Byron Arts & Industry Estate, www.byronfoodies.com, FB/Insta @byronfoodiesy.

The first event will be a function at Husk Distillers (the makers of award-winning Ink Gin, as well as some really nice rums) in North Tumbulgum, and will be one of the first functions to be held in their new bar and tasting room. April 27 is the inaugural Harvest Autumn Fair at North Byron Parklands, a ticketed event for 1500 people. It will be a family day connecting local people and visitors with their food. Local restaurants, breweries and distilleries will team with market stalls and lots of fun kid-friendly activities. On the weekend of 4-5 May the self-driving Harvest Trail will be in operation. On this weekend people can see behind the scenes of operations that are normally shrouded in secrecy. In between there will be breakfasts, dinners, cooking classes and workshops and two bus tours happening all over the region. For details: northernriversfood.org/harvest-festival.

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.40 – March 13, 2019  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in north eastern NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.40 – March 13, 2019  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in north eastern NSW, Australia.