There was a street food festival held last week in Tenby, Pembrokeshire at the South Beach carpark. There were so many amazing vendors serving delicious foods and I went there Saturday afternoon. As you may know I have been eating a plant-based diet for over three weeks and the street food festival had plenty of vegan food on offer! It was open from 12pm to 10pm Friday to Sunday and ran by Street Food Warehouse (Instagram & Twitter) for Pembrokeshire Street Food Festival (Instagram & Twitter).
Saturday morning was a bit of a miserable one, I was optimistic though and headed into Tenby wearing shorts and flip flops (but opted for a hoodie as well). It was raining and cloudy and generally yuck. Thankfully though it dried up around lunchtime and by the time I headed down to Tenby’s South Beach carpark the sun had come out too! Perfect timing!
I walked around a couple of times before I began eating as I had to see what was on offer and tactfully plan which order I would eat things in. I wanted to try so many foods. I chose to visit Pakora Pod first. They offered pakoras which is an Indian cuisine consisting of vegetables coated in seasoned batter which are then fried. Their unique selling point was that all of their dishes contained no wheat, gluten, dairy, nuts or egg so were suitable for both vegetarians, vegans and those with food intolerances or allergies.
This was the menu that they had on offer at the food festival. It instantly caught my eye as they had pakoras on offer which were small enough to sample the cuisine and allow enough space for the other vendors at the festival. I chose the cabbage, carrot, potato and onion pakora and I tried both the dairy-free yoghurt as well as the sweet chilli dip.
This is what the pakora looked like (below). It was served in a paper/card tray and they had wooden forks so easily recyclable/biodegradable. The food was really lovely and it was the first time I had tried a pakora. The batter was really nice and it complimented the veggies inside. The yoghurt and sweet chilli dip were a good accompaniment as well and I think it was an excellent first choice to go with.
Not only was the food excellent but the two ladies who served the food were lovely to speak to. I chatted to them a couple of times throughout the day. If you want to follow Pakora Pod, they have Instagram, Facebook and a website.
Murray May’s Charcoal Grill
My second choice was Murray May’s Charcoal Grill where I chose to have a cauliflower kebab. It was absolutely stunning. It consisted of spice rubbed grilled cauliflower, tahini sauce, date molasses, herb salad, pickles, nuts and fresh pomegranate. I was so impressed with this and it came served in a flat bread.
I went and ate this on the seafront (as I did with my pakora as well) and with the weather turning out so nicely it was perfect! I devoured it pretty quickly but made sure I took a photo beforehand.
If their grilled veggies tasted this good with their plant-based/vegan option I bet the chicken and lamb options were amazing as well. I have been on a plant-based diet for over three weeks now so the cauliflower kebab was perfect for me! I also didn’t want to become too full too quickly as I had so many more foods I wanted to try.
Here is the photo of the kebab (below). The fresh pomegranate seeds added a lovely subtle sweetness to the kebab and the combination of grilled cauliflower florets and other vegetables was just perfect.
Little Marrakesh was on my list as well as I haven’t tried their cuisine before. I had the vegan option (obviously), which was a chickpea tagine. It was really tasty! It had veggies in there and it was all cooked in herbs and spices. The whole thing was wrapped in a flatbread too.
This was the menu on offer last weekend from Little Marrakesh (below). They also had shawarma chicken and moroccan lamb on offer. I had the spicy harissa but not the mint yoghurt in mine, keeping it vegan.
This is what the wrap looked like (below) and it had couscous in it as well which I forgot to mention above along with the chickpeas and other veggies.
I’m not usually a fan of tequila (and I’d never choose to shot it if I’m on a night out) but I do like it in cocktails from time to time. I chose to visit Cazcabel and give their tequila a try.
I wasn’t sure what to go for but ended up choosing a classic margarita as I thought you can’t go wrong with that. It was quite strong but also refreshing (and a fairly small drink which was perfect to keep my appetite going).
It was served over ice with a slice of lime and I’m glad I visited Cazcabel and gave it a try considering I’m not usually a tequila drinker! I’ve popped their social media links below as well if you wanted to check them out.
Viva Los Churros
I was instantly drawn to the churros as soon as I got to the street food festival! I was even more pleased that when I saw their sign it said ‘churros are vegan’. WOOHOO!
They served their churros with chocolate dip which I didn’t have but it was there for my mum and Mark to enjoy. The churros were lovely! We had six between us and chose the cinnamon sugar to be sprinkled on top (it would be rude to opt for regular sugar in my opinion!)
Here’s a pic of the doughy deliciousness (below) and the chocolate sauce. I had to be really careful taking this photo as I was convinced a seagull would have swooped down to try and grab one. My mum assured me that she would stand guard and no seagulls would be coming anywhere near her churros!
It was lovely to visit Ice Green when I was at the food festival too. I’ve saved this vendor for last as I actually went there twice throughout the day. Once earlier on as I was worried I would be too full later to sample the product and then once when mum and Mark had arrived.
Their ice creams are cashew based so are really creamy and you wouldn’t be able to tell they were not dairy! There were so many options available and it was really lovely to speak about the product and how it was made.
My first options were coffee and apple crumble! These were delicious as you can imagine! The apple crumble had a nice subtle flavour and you could really taste the crumble flavour in it as well which was complimented by it being a cashew-based product. My favourite had to be the coffee bean though as it was absolutely stunning! It had coffee beans in it as well which just added to the flavour and you got a kick of coffee every so often throughout.
When mum and Mark arrived I bought them an ice cream as well and this time I opted for a cone. I chose raspberry ripple this time (so refreshing!), mum had mint choc chip and Mark had the coffee flavour.
I am so happy I was able to try this dairy free ‘ice-green’ and honestly was blown away at how much it was like regular dairy ice cream. Even mum and Mark loved it and they are not vegetarian/vegan! If you want to follow Ice Green, they have Instagram, Facebook and a website.
Overall a fantastic event to attend. It was great to have a food festival locally and to inspire people with different cuisines and produce. I only featured a fraction of what was on offer at the festival (most of the vendors offering vegan foods were featured). There were a couple more I had my eyes on but I couldn’t physically eat any more than I did on Saturday! Already looking forward to the next one!
Have you been to a street food festival before? If so where did you go and what did you think? Please let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading and have a great day!