Festival highlights a feast of Sheffield food

Sheffield Food festival.  Seven Hills W I members Diana maloney,Anna Tebble,Laura Bainbridge,Laura Kerley,and Helen Crofts.
Sheffield Food festival. Seven Hills W I members Diana maloney,Anna Tebble,Laura Bainbridge,Laura Kerley,and Helen Crofts.

Visitors to Sheffield Food Festival this weekend will get a taste of things to come, as the new Moor Market offers a glimpse of treats in store.

The market – due to open in November – will be showcasing some of its key food stalls as part of the Festival Kitchen programme in Fargate.

Let's Get Cooking - at Food Festival 2012

Let's Get Cooking - at Food Festival 2012

Tastings and interviews will be given by traders including Yee Kwan (ice cream), Sean Clarke (beer), Steve Waterall (pork pies), Abbas Shah (Indian food) and Nicholas Tissington (coffee).

This is Sheffield’s fourth Food Festival and numbers have grown steadily since the first in 2010, which brought 20,000 people into the city centre on top of the usual weekend footfall of 110,000.

The following year that figure doubled and in 2012 it rocketed to nearly 185,000.

“We peaked last year thanks to having such great weather, so we’re not expecting another increase. But the forecast is fair, so it would be good to match it again,” says Niki Baker, who co-ordinates the festival on behalf of Hallam University’s Sheffield Business School and the city council.

The Kitchen, with its programme of demonstrations, is just one of the locations where events will take place tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s big new attraction is the allotment which will take over Town Hall Square thanks to Manor-based social enterprise Green Estate.

A market will run the length of Fargate, featuring artisan produce from across the region and beyond.

The Peace Gardens will be taken over by the Festival Picnic, featuring a ‘street’ of pop-up restaurants, a mini beer festival and a live music stage with performances by local bands including Sour Cherry, Littlecrazy, Broken Saints and Soul Love Inc.

There’s a serious side to proceedings, with food and drink masterclasses, tutored tastings, talks and lectures at Hallam University. And a whole range of family fun in Millennium Square and the Winter Garden, including hands-on activities with Sheffield Honey Company, Ministry of Chocolate workshops and the Fancie teddy bears’ picnic.

The Festival Kitchen promises a three-day programme of events including demonstrations by top local chefs Rupert Rowley (Fischer’s), Charlie Curran (Peppercorn), Simon Ayres (Showroom), Luke French (Milestone) and James Duckett (Samuel Fox Country Inn),

There’s also a cook-off between Radio Sheffield’s Paulette Edwards and Toby Foster, who have been taking lessons from chefs Peter Moulam (PJ Taste) and Lee Mangles (Silversmiths). And a celebrity demonstration and book signing by Great British Bake Off finalist James Morton.

James will also announce the winners of the Best in Show baking contest, run by Seven Hills WI.

For full programme see Sheffield Food Festival