‘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.’
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 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.