Last night we paid a long overdue visit to the Exeter Street Food Market to sample firsthand what talented South West Foodies are bringing to the table. The night market is held on the first Thursday of the month, 5.30pm – 9.30pm (April – October) and it offers the perfect opportunity to sample street food at its best. Naturally, given our love for food and all things local, we were one of the first in line to try everything on offer on Thursday evening.
Here are five things we learned…
- Two Coast County sell some of the tastiest burgers around.Of course we opted for ‘The Best Devon Beef Burger’: A 8oz Devon steak beef patty from Elston Farm, complete with crunchy red onion, baby gem lettuce, montery jack cheese, and smoked and streaky Devon bacon. It really does taste as good as it sounds and with its succulent meat and fresh crunchy salad it certainly didn’t last for long…
- Mac n’ Cheese has had a gourmet makeover and we couldn’t be happier.
Gone are the days when macaroni cheese should be thought of as the plastic-like junk food that’s relegated to the kid’s menu. Now, in the very capable hands of Adam Akyol, macaroni has been given a newer, fancier lease of life. We tried out one of The Gourmet Street Kitchen’s indulgent pots of macaroni topped with crispy pancetta and wild mushrooms and although we’d hate to sound like sycophants it was absolutely divine. Definitely something to try if, like us, you’re a big fan of comfort foods.
- You don’t get much friendlier than the lads at Good Game.The Good Game team were on hand to educate us about their wild artisan produce, we found ourselves coming away from the evening with some of their tasty air-dried ham. You can tell these guys are passionate about what they do and the quality of their produce really speaks for itself.
- Contrary to popular belief you can’t have ‘too much of a good thing’.
…And obvious by good thing we mean sweets. Lot’s of sweets. Candy Cart Delights were on hand to supply the evening’s dessert, which came in the form of a marshmallow and fudge kebab, slathered in milk and white chocolate sauce. I don’t think we need to say anything else about this one – just look at it!
- We can’t get enough street food!Okay, this one is probably rather apparent by now, but it’s true. You can’t beat the sights and smells of a bustling food market. We ate until our sides hurt and we came away with a carton filled to the brim with salty nachos, salsa and pulled pork. Next time it would probably be an idea to bring a chair along because eating on your feet can be a little tricky. That being said, the market has a great atmosphere and you’re certain to find at least one stall that takes your fancy.
For more information on The Quay Night Market – and to find out about the other street food markets coming up – visit www.streetfoodexeter.co.uk.