TUCK BOX: In the red

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Staff at La Tasca are taking the plunge on Saturday – into a bath of squashed tomatoes!

The stunt is an annual feature at the Ecclesall Road eaterie, coinciding with Spain’s Tomatina Festival. Over the last few years it has raised hundreds of pounds for St Luke’s Hospice.

Manager Dan Barnett – pictured below helping to fill the bath for last year’s event – said: “All staff will be having a turn at sitting in the tomato bath outside the restaurant, where everyone can see them.We’ll also be cooking a large paella, with all the profits going to St Luke’s.”

#Flashpicnic fun

Picnickers from across the city are planning a mass #flashpicnic event at Sheffield Amphitheatre on Saturday lunchtime. Twitter followers have agreed to converge on South Street Park from 11.30am, armed with sandwiches and snacks.

Behind the plan is IT specialist Phil Vintin of Sharrow, who has spread word of the picnic via his @HelpSheffield Twitter service, launched five months ago. He says: “We have no idea how many might be joining us, but it’ll be nice to get people together to enjoy a much-underused area.”

Market forces

The Grind Café in Green Lane is hosting its first pop-up market from 11am-5pm on Saturday, selling fruit, vegetables, freshly-made bread and homemade preserves alongside its usual snacks. Manager Hayley Glover said: “Customers are always asking to buy our products to take home. A pop-up market is a great way for them to stock up.”

On to a winner

The Devonshire Arms, on the Chatsworth Estate at Beeley, has been named County Dining Pub of the Year 2014 by the Good Food Guide. The venue, also named Gastro Pub of the Year for the fourth year running in the Derbyshire Food Awards, is marking its success with an £80 per night dinner, bed and breakfast deal.