Ilfracombe’s All Things Morris and North Devon Street Food Awards is hailed a great success.

AN unusual Ilfracombe festival certainly hit the spot at the weekend as All Things Morris returned with a flourish of hankies, a ringing of bells and the waft of tasty cooking…

The two day homage to anything and everything called ‘Morris’ saw 13 Morris dancing sides from across the UK descend on the town, together with 52 classic Morris vehicles, as well as music, merriment and plenty to eat.

The festival’s second year saw the introduction of the North Devon Street Food Awards on Saturday, sponsored by Marsdens Cottage Holidays and supported by the North Devon Gazette.

The seafront was awash with mouthwatering aromas and sights as a host of North Devon vendors set up stalls to entice passersby with everything from barbecue American style to tasty Thai, Mexican, seafood and desserts.

The judges had a difficult job as they worked through 36 dishes in a bid to decide who would win a coveted ‘Maurice’ trophy and be named overall winner.

That went to Cracking Nuts of Ilfracombe, run by Jon and Jax Webster, whose sweet dessert went down a treat with the judges.

Organiser Marnie Quy of Events 4 Ilfracombe said there had been a fantastic line up of foods and a brilliant turn out of visitors.

“We hoped it would do well but we were thrilled at how many people came along to try and buy from the vendors and enjoy the afternoon,” she said.

“Several of them sold out on the day, which is a testament to the great quality on offer here in North Devon. A massive thank you to our sponsors Marsdens and everyone that supported the event.”

Sunday saw more Morris, crafts and music in Fore Street plus Morris on Tour as 52 ‘moggys’ arrived on the seafront.