Nine food markets in Devon
PUBLISHED: 13:49 03 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:49 03 September 2015
Devon is often described as ‘The Garden of England’ with so much fantastic local produce to offer. After visiting nine of the very best food markets in the county, spoilt for choice along the way, I now feel inspired to cook up a storm in the kitchen.
1 - Tiverton Electric Nights Street Food Market
Visit Tiverton Pannier Market for a feast of Street Food Saturdays with ‘Electric Nights’. This popular night market offers such an array of tasty artisan food and beverages from local producers. If you’re a true foodie, then this dynamic night market is not to be missed. It stands out as one for all the family to enjoy with live music, entertainment and children’s activities as well as high quality and award winning food showcasing the excellent talent from the local area.
The market hosted a diverse range of Delicious street foods ranging from incredible freshly cooked and prepared Persian wraps from World Food Cafe to wonderfully fragrant Thai curries from The Thai Green Kitchen, stonebaked Devon Woodfired Pizzas and the perfect confit duck burgers and hot dogs from Le French Kitchen.
My evening began sampling some authentic Mexican empanadas and tomato salsa gazpacho straight off the Taqueria Truck from Calaca Loca, based in Barnstaple where they are famous for their award-winning beef chili. I also enjoyed a wonderful mediterranean five bean wrap from Go Local duo Marc Boddy and Rosie Palmer who built their business around the simple ethos of ‘keeping it fresh’. The pair create healthy wraps, nachos and salad boxes using one hundred percent all natural ingredients that are sourced locally. “Everything is biodegradable with even the folks being made out of potato starch.” Marc enthuses. They are also popular for their highly commended coffee ‘ Caffe Latte Vergnano’, described by Gordon Ramsay as ‘sublime’. For nibbles later on, I discovered Cracking Nuts for a cone of their finest. The recipe for success - a traditional range of sweet cinnamon, salty and chilli roasted peanuts, cashews and almonds with a unique modern twist. Based in Ilfracombe, North Devon, Cracking Nuts can be found at both Somersault and Glastonbury festival later this year and also supply micro breweries, delis and farm shops. Alcoholic drinks followed the theme of ‘something for everyone’ in the form of bespoke cocktails from ‘The Shack In’ with a special tribute cocktail for the event named Electric Blue, a mix of Blue Curaco, Vodka, Amaretto and lemon juice. Whilst beer lovers could enjoy a selection of prize-winning craft beers produced from natural ingredients from Exe Valley Brewery. Proprietor, Guy Sheppard enthused that he had sold well over a thousand pints throughout the duration of the evening, running out of pint glasses by 8.30pm. “The event has been very busy indeed and completely exceeded our expectations. The pannier market is such a lovely venue and we’re delighted to support it.” He said. I soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed sipping a Gin Shine whilst listening to 50’s and 60’s rock and roll from local band The Taun-Tones who certainly knew a thing or two about how to get a crowd swaying. I couldn’t leave without sampling a sweet treat or two so I headed to Frandie Macaron where I sampled a delicious naturally flavoured, French style coconut and lime Macaron. Handmade in Devon, they had proved a huge success, almost selling out. Co founder Francesca Gigg said “It has been a real pleasure to be back at the Pannier Market for Electric Nights. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the encouraging response we’ve received.” Utilising the whole of the market space so there is room to enjoy everything, Electric nights offers families and visitors a unique experience and insight into local street food. It has given Tiverton a fun community event that also helps to support the towns economy in the process. Attracting new visitors to the town, it is the perfect opportunity to showcase what local producers can offer. However passionate about local produce you may be, this street food market is most definitely an electrifying experience! Electric Nights street food markets will be running on the first Saturday of every month 6th June to 3rd October 2015. For more information check out the market’s Facebook page or email email@example.com.
Electric Nights certainly tickled my taste buds and offered a fresh approach to the world of street food. However, there are plenty more delightful markets to visit, each offering a diverse range of local produce, just waiting to be discovered..
2 - Barnstaple Real Food Market
Barnstaple Real Food market has all of the great elements that make for a fantastic foodie experience. The idea for the market was inspired by the very building it is situated in and a need to showcase the great foods of North Devon. Held in the beautiful Barnstaple Pannier Market, a wonderful Victorian building in the town centre. Supporting the markets ethos, customers can shop for premium quality, locally made food and drink, or sit and enjoy a meal whilst listening to great local musicians. The market has an eclectic mix of produce from locally caught seafood to locally produced Mexican and Jamaican street food, with over forty producers, the choice is an endless array of enticement for the taste buds. Sample delicacies from award winning food producers and suppliers such as Cranfield’s Proper Marmalade Company, John’s of Instow & Appledore and Red Dog Bakery. Held on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
Further details can be found at facebook.com/BarnstapleFood and on twitter @RealFoodBarnstaple or from firstname.lastname@example.org
The historic, traditional riverside market town of Totnes has played host to the biggest monthly food and drinks market in Devon for the last five years - the Totnes Good Food Sunday Market. With its 50 plus traders and artisan producers from all over the region, the award-winning market is a popular must-visit venue for residents and visitors alike. There is plenty of opportunity to chat to the producers and sample their wares. Featuring everything from seasonal fruits and vegetables, Devon cider and beer, chillies and chutneys, bread, cakes, cheeses, pickles and olives to fresh farmed meats. With a myriad of hot-food stalls, together with coffee and refreshments, vegetarian choices and even locally-caught crab, oysters and scallops on offer. The market often hosts live music from buskers and visiting bands, so make a date every third Sunday of the month: Talk, taste and buy good food. Good Food Sunday is held throughout the year 10am until 3pm.
Killerton hosts a delightful farmers’ and local produce market enabling visitors to embrace great local food and support surrounding farms and suppliers whilst taking in the beautiful views of the estate. Enjoy the wide range of stalls with sumptuous delicacies ranging from delicious breads, preserves, sweet treats and tempting cheeses to meats from the estate. Visitors are welcome to taste, try and buy direct from the producers. I indulged in some wonderfully flavoured cured meats from Ian Mcenzie at Flash’s Emporium along with some impressive double yolkers from Landrake Farm. Killerton market stands at the heart of a community and is committed to supporting the local economy, getting visitors to enjoy and actively eat fresh local and seasonal food. Held every third Saturday of the month March to October and December between 10.30am and 2.30pm.
Good Food at the yard, sister market to Totnes Good Food Sunday, is held in the prestigious surroundings of the Royal William Yard, Stonehouse, Plymouth. Visit this historic waterfront victualling yard, with its designer shops and hip restaurants including Pierre Bistro & River Cottage. Accessible either by foot, car, bus or water taxi from the Barbican to the yard’s inner harbour. Laid out all around the Yard’s lovely Green, the market boasts all you’d expect and more from a visit. Devon Gold Award winner - meat, fish, deli-foods, artisan bakers, veggie produce, charcuterie, beer, cider, cordials and street food galore. Held on the first Sunday of every month (April to December) 10am until 3pm.
Widecombe Village Market has enjoyed great success since it started up in 2005 by a couple who lived in the village, needing a venue to display and sell their hand-painted furniture. Local farmers and producers were keen to take part and the decision was taken to run the event as a produce market which is how it remains today, well supported by locals and visitors to the area. Held in the beautiful and historic Church House, now owned by The National Trust, with it’s ancient beams and stone floor, it becomes the perfect bustling market hall on Sundays. It is situated in the centre of this well known and picturesque moorland village. I found such an interesting range of produce, with core stalls selling beef, lamb and pork from local Widecombe farms. Other local produce ranged from olive oils and apple juice to wonderfully fresh, locally grown vegetables and plants. A huge array of cheeses, honey, home made bread, cakes, jams and chutneys. Held every fourth Sunday of the month 10am - 4pm
This charming, award winning Farmers Market is held in the square at the heart of the bustling historic market town. Described as ‘a treasure trove of fresh and tasty local produce’, everything on sale is produced locally with the stall holders being the farmers, growers or producers themselves, making the market a real pleasure to browse, gathering information, tips and advice from the experts as you weave through the stalls. It’s a rare find to come across a market where not only is all the produce sourced locally but all the products sold have also been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders. Enjoy a wide range of fresh produce including breads, cakes, pies, pastries and dairy to succulent crab and lobster, homemade pates, organic and homegrown meats to preserves, beans grains, pulses and fresh vegetables. Held on the second, fourth and fifth Saturdays each month from 9am to 2pm.
A brand new monthly food market that is aimed at showcasing and supporting the wealth of small but excellent quality food producers in the SouthWest. Described at ‘the tastiest in the UK’ it is designed to compliment the thriving local food and drink scene in the South Hams. The market works in association with Food & Drink Devon, a non profit organisation that is passionate about the provenance and quality of Devon produce. Held on the last Sunday of every month.
9 - Totnes Beer, Cheese & Cider Weekend
This summer, to help celebrate the award winning Good Food Sunday market’s fifth successful year in the town, there will be a special Beer, Cheese and Cider event held on the same weekend around the market square.
Lovers of real ale, cider and local cheeses will be spoilt for choice, with many samples on offer, along with hot and cold food and refreshments. To ensure the event goes down with a swing, there will also be great music from local musicians ‘Junction Jazz’ and acclaimed singer/guitarist Mark Barnwell.
Sunday will see the addition of a dedicated local Crafts Market in the square, along with the ever-popular Good Food Market, featuring it’s fifty-strong artisan food and drink stalls. Held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July from 11am - 4pm in Totnes Civic Hall, situated next to the Market Square.
For further information please contact organiser Ray Reynolds at email@example.com or telephone 01803 445537.