Devon has long been known for its incredible food culture. Whether it’s fresh local seafood, Michelin star restaurants or top quality farms that whet your appetite, our county is a foodie hot spot.
And now there’s a new dish on the specials board; Devon’s street food. Mobile, laid-back and eclectic, eating alfresco food that’s just been cooked in front of you is becoming increasingly popular, here and around the country. And happily, Devon certainly has more than its fair share of excellent street food traders and events.
So to start, here’s a tasty sample of Devon- based traders who really follow our county’s ethos of quality, local and ethically sourced food.
Post by guest writer Simon Willis from Lola’s Wings
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The Meat: Lola’s Wings & Eat the Smoke
Lola’s Wings (pictured above) are based in Croyde and serve up free range, organic chicken from the award-winning (and also Devonian) Pipers Farm. Eat the Smoke, a south Devon pop up, rule all things smoky in these parts, from pulled pork to brisket.
The Seafood: Seadog & The Glorious Oyster
You’ll be hard pressed to find better seafood traders in the country, with Seadog winning best of the best at last year’s British Street Food Awards and The Glorious Oyster (Main pic) being nominated for a BBC food and farming award. From Seadog you must try their seafood laksa and The Glorious Oyster’s food is not limited to just that, with Lundy Lobster and Clovelly Crab regularly on the menu.
The Snacks: Cracking Nuts & Privateer Jerky
Cracking Nuts‘ all natural hand roasted nuts have graced the masses of Glastonbury festival, but you can find them a little more peacefully nestled on their regular Woolacombe Bay pitch and at events across the county – try the coated cashews. Or if you’re in need of a bit more protein, grab ‘a slice of heaven, smoked in Devon’ from Privateer Jerky, who’ve been popping up with slow smoked beef at events like Barnstaple Real Food and Plymouth Native Makers Market.
The Newcomers: Hornbrook Kitchen and BeetBox
Here are two to watch. Hornbrook Kitchen is an exciting rustic food and drink pop up that takes over Devon pub kitchens and events. Then there’s Beetbox (pictured above), which parks up on a campsite in Croyde to serve seriously tasty and colourful vegetarian and vegan delights.
Now that we’ve whet your appetite with Devon’s delicious street food traders let’s find out where you can get their grub …
Exeter Street Food Market
If you’re staying near Exeter get to one of Exeter Street Foods’ many events, such as The Quay and The Piazza on the first and last Thursdays of the month respectively. They also run some great one off events like The Cockt-Ale Festival and The Great Artisan Feast Festival with food such as sushi, paealla and proper Devon burgers.
Street Food on the Square
A regular Thursday night street food market with a rotating trader line up, set on Barnstaple Square – a new schedule is coming soon, so check online. The trader line-up includes Café Brazil, Carne Catering and Calaca Loca.
A summer and Christmas street food event which was the winner of NABMA’s ‘Best Small Food Market 2016.’ The street food event sees up to 5000 visitors per night with live music and local ales, so you’ll be sure of a good time, enjoyed with many other food lovers.
Other spots where you can find regular street food include Thursdays at Down End Croyde and the second Sunday of the month at Barnstaple Real Food. There are also some great one-off events where you’ll find great Devon street food such as River Cottage’s inaugural music festival on September 17-18 2016, which will feature traders such as Lola’s Wings and Eat the Smoke.