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.
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The Meat: Good Game & Lola’s Wings
Good Game have built a reputation for themselves over the past few years serving their cured meats and burgers at food festivals throughout Devon, helping them to launch a BBQ smokehouse in Topsham. Lola’s Wings (pictured above) are based in Croyde and serve up free range, chicken from the award-winning (and also Devonian) Pipers Farm and this year are expanding their menu to feature your favourite diner food, all with free range ingredients.
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 the British Street Food Awards in 2015 and The Glorious Oyster (main pic) being nominated for a BBC food and farming award the same year. From Seadog try the seafood laksa, and from The Glorious Oyster’s converted horsebox in Westward Ho! try the Lundy Lobster and Clovelly Crab which are regularly on the menu.
The Snacks: Cracking Nuts & Fravocado
Cracking Nuts‘ all natural hand roasted nuts have graced the masses of Glastonbury festival, but you can find them trading in and around Devon’s food festivals– try the coated cashews. And new-to-the-scene Fravocado, vegan ice cream from South Devon made from coconut milk and avocado, is certainly something different to try. It’s dairy, gluten soya free for those with allergies and intolerances – I’ve yet to try these vegan ice creams, but it’s definitely on the list!
The Vege’s: Hornbrook Kitchen* and BeetBox
Beetbox (pictured above), park up on a campsite in seriously gorgeous Croyde and serve up seriously gorgeous and colourful vegetarian and vegan delights. Hornbrook Kitchen is an exciting rustic food and drink pop up, and whilst they do sell some great smoked meats, they also specialise in vegetarian dishes straight out of the smoker.
Now that we’ve whet your appetite with Devon’s delicious street food traders let’s find out where you can get their grub …
Running June to September, Electric Nights’ street food event was the winner of NABMA’s ‘Best Small Food Market 2016.’ It 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.
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 Great Artisan Feast Festival with food such as sushi, paella and proper Devon burgers.
Other spots where you can find regular street food include Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Down End Croyde, Fridays at Southernhay Gardens in Exeter and the second Sunday of the month at Barnstaple Real Food. There are lots of traders who pop up in lay bys, camp sites and town centres across Devon – so keep your eyes peeled!