THERE'S nothing like the taste of fresh food (think curries, ice creams and burgers) that can be eaten al fresco.
Street food is being celebrated at a new Barnstaple festival on Sunday. 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 entertainment.
The festival is the work of Matt Spencer, owner of Barnstaple's Custom House, who says it 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 seemed logical to bring them 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 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 is in The Pannier Market, Barnstaple on Sunday, August 25, noon to 10pm.