FOODIES looking for a scrumptious day out, might like to head for one of these delicious events happening across the South West:STREET food is being celebrated at a new Barnstaple festival. Forget low-grade burgers and hot dogs, the focus here will be on quality food-to-go that is convenient, quick and tasty.
strEAT Food Barnstaple will bring together top mobile food vendors from North Devon and beyond for the first time, alongside a host of other entertainment.
The festival is the work of Matt Spencer, owner of Barnstaple's Custom House, who says the event is the perfect way to acknowledge the growing popularity of street food in the area.
"There's so many brilliant local producers out and about around North Devon at any one time, it just seemed logical to bring them all together."
strEAT will feature more than a dozen different vendors selling everything from classic burgers, hot dogs and hog roasts to Mexican, barbecue, Caribbean and Indian food. Those with a sweet tooth will be catered for too with ice cream and milkshakes.
In addition to the mouth-watering food line-up, strEAT will have bars from Lilico's, Shintori and Barum Brewery, with live music, street artists and performers helping to provide a party atmosphere. "We want strEAT to have a real festival vibe, after all, it's a celebration," said Matt. "We often hear there isn't much to do in Barnstaple, so we wanted to provide an event that everyone could come and enjoy, from families who want something fun to do, people who want to try some different food or just anyone looking to have a good time."
StrEAT Food Barnstaple in The Pannier Market, Barnstaple on Sunday, August 25, 12pm-10pm.
ONE to put in the diary now is Foodfest which is the biggest food and drink festival in North Devon, regularly attracting more than 13,500 foodies into the town centre on the day. Over 80 food and drink businesses exhibit, alongside chef demos, celebrity chefs, live music and entertainment.
Foodfest is on Sunday, October 20 in Barnstaple Pannier Market, 10am to 3pm.
EVERY year the line-up of celebrity chefs who headline the Dartmouth Food Festival gets more and more impressive. One of this year's most talked about is the owner of The Seahorse in Dartmouth and fish chef extraordinaire, Mitch Tonks.
French chef and baker Richard Bertinet will be inspiring all to join the hugely popular bread movement.
This year, the focus at Dartmouth Food Festival is on simplicity, skill and style. There will be an impressive range delicious food and drink to try, as well as demonstrations to watch.
There will be more than a 100 local producers showcasing their products including South Devon Chilli Farm, Georgie Porgie's Puddings, Filberts Fine Foods and Ashridge Cider.
UKTV Food's Susy Atkins is spearheading the drinks' programme and has put together an inspiring selection of seminars and tastings.
On Thursday, October 24, in the lead up to the main festival, there will be a children's day. Dartmouth is a stunning place to visit all year round. It is filled with ancient narrow streets, boutiques, art galleries and delicatessens. There is a cobbled market place and a host of exciting restaurants, pubs and cafes in the town.
Dartmouth Food Festival runs from Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27. Admission free. There will be a range of ticketed events. Details: www.dartmouthfoodfestival.com.
FANCY cooking fabulous fresh fish in a wood-fired oven? David and Holly Jones at Manna from Devon Cooking School count themselves extremely lucky to be only a stone's throw away from Brixham, one of the most important fishing ports in Europe and the UK's largest fish market. This gives them access to a wide selection of the best fish in the country.
They run a number of Fabulous Fish classes throughout the year (September 7, October 12 and 16, November 16), which are built around the availability of fresh, locally caught fish in perfect condition.
During a course day they take a wide selection of fresh, local seafood and teach people to prepare it from scratch.
By the end of the course you will be confident with buying, filleting, and cooking many different types of fish and seafood including both well-known and less familiar species.
Throughout the day you will enjoy a tasting menu of the many dishes you cook.
Courses: £135 per day. Details: www.mannafromdevon.com