Moretonhampstead Food Festival Round Up

My friend Amanda said, “It was the best day out I’ve had on Dartmoor for a decade” and despite a short downpour of rain, the town was packed. Well, you can’t get a better comment than that?  It was fun. The kitchen jumble was heaving and the variety of food stalls was magnificent. There was a great feeling of spontaneity and joy in the air and lots of live music to keep up the jolly tempo. I videoed (in the rain, someone kindly held an umbrella over me) ‘With Nell and I’ as they sang in the street, a moment that was caught by BBC Radio Devon and broadcast the next day. Here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M7gXy0E5yU.     Street food abounded, here’s a few favourites:

Yes, for lunch, (see last post) I did have El Goucho’s beef “churrasco” style on a spit roast over a charcoal and oak BBQ.   They serve it in a fresh roll with ”chimmichuri” sauce which is made from finely chopped parsley, garlic and crushed tomato with oil, lemon, salt and pepper. The sauce made the dish, it was fantastic and they sold out.

 El Gaucho

El Gaucho

Of course, that was just a preamble to much more.

Bennett's Seafood Sandwiches

Bennett’s Seafood Sandwiches

Bennett’s Seafood Sandwiches were excellent. Pollock Goujons in a roll!

Sole and pollock in a roll

Sole and pollock in a roll

The hog roast was….IMG_0441

eaten to the bone.IMG_0461

Janice was on fine form with her Caribbean treats.IMG_0430I did try Oke’s Indian Curries which were the real home-made wonders.  Fresh, and full of flavour you only get when you make curry from scratch (sadly rare in these days of processed catering sauces slopped onto poor quality meat and sent out as authentic).IMG_0446

Oke's curries

Oke’s curries

Lots for Vegetarians
IMG_0462Really excellent coffee, and I am very fussyIMG_0435

but it had to be washed down with Paul’s beer, small-scale produced in Devon and delicious. IMG_0436and not forgetting Ron’s Brimblecombe ciderIMG_0425Cider produced in the ancient way on a 350 year old press

Brimblecombe Cider - still pressing the cider apples on a 350 year old press.

Brimblecombe Cider – still pressing the cider apples on a 350 year old press.

It was a great day out.

Crowds on Court street

Crowds on Court street by Spencer Cobby Photography for Moretonhampstead Festival

 

 

 

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