Last month, Barnstaple Pannier Market hosted the North Devon Foodfest. Lots of local food and drink producers set up stalls selling their wares and cooking food to order for hungry visitors. At Queen’s Theatre, cooking shows were going on during the day featuring top chefs such as Michael Caine and Thomas Carr, who recently was awarded a Michelin Star for his Ilfracombe restaurant, The Olive Room.
One of the most popular stalls was Gourmet Street Kitchen (www.gourmetstreetkitchen.com) which had very long queues for its Mac n Cheese dishes, starting from £4.50. I opted for a classic mac n cheese, excitingly named “Return Of The Mac”, which came in a creamy cheese sauce and extra cheese on top. It was very tasty and the portion was quite big!
I also tried an asparagus and leek savoury tart from one of the other stalls, which was called its Special Of The Day. This was ok, but I wouldn’t seek to buy more.
We bought a Sausage Baguette from Big Pot Kitchen (www.bigpotkitchen.co.uk), where you can see them cooking the food…in big pots! The sausage is a good quality and delicious sausage.
The market was very busy throughout the day and there is something for everyone. Lots of the stalls offered free samples in order to entice more people to buy their products. The variety is huge and it really emphasises the quality of the produce that can be found in North Devon, and the business owners who are creative in what they make.
This is all chocolate! The artistry is amazing!
Lastly to finish, here are some salted cod balls from Cafe Brazil.