A NEW food market is coming to North Devon, devoted to “real” food, drink, music and entertainment.
The Barnstaple Real Food Market in the pannier market will be held every second Sunday of the month, starting from June 8.
The idea for the event came from the North Devon Small Producers Alliance, which was set up in the last couple of months.
The group hopes to represent as many local producers as possible and hopes this, the first event, will inspire others to get involved.
It won’t just be food stalls, local breweries have been invited as well as representatives from North Devon’s street food scene.
Jim Coslett, press officer for the market and partner in street food outfit Seadog Foods, said: “We see this market as a true celebration of the region’s food.
“The name says it all really. Real food; made and served by passionate people who are working hard to widen people’s knowledge and enjoyment of local produce.
“Each month the market will raise money for a local charity while bringing vibrancy to the town centre. It is a chance for the people of North Devon to tuck into some delicious grub and wash it down with a drink or two.”
A number of traders have already committed to the event including Ilfracombe brewery Wizard Ales, Big Pot Kitchen, sausage makers Glampig and the Red Dog Bakery from Black Torrington.
Barnstaple pannier market manager Simon Curry said: “It’ll be fantastic for the market and great for the town.
“Hopefully it will have a knock on effect, bringing more people into the market.”
The first market on June 8 will run from 9am until around 3pm.
The alliance is encouraging interested producers or traders to come to their next meeting on May 13 at Alfie Browns in Boutport Street, Barnstaple, if they would like to get involved.
Roger Birt from the Red Dog Bakery hopes the market will put the spotlight on North Devon’s producers.
He said: “We do similar markets in other parts of the county and have found that North Devon is underrepresented. This market should make people realise what’s on their doorstep and celebrate the best of what North Devon has to offer.”