Bid to be best in Urban Village Show

Blanche Duggleby (right) and Lindsay Garfitt of Seven Hills WI
Blanche Duggleby (right) and Lindsay Garfitt of Seven Hills WI
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RECKON you can make the best cakes in town? Well there’s a chance to prove it next month as Sheffield stages its own Urban Village Show.

The event – part of Sheffield Food Festival – will take place in the Festival Kitchen at the top of Fargate on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10.

It is being run by the trendy Seven Hills WI, who will be serving up strawberry cream teas and cloudy lemonade in a tent dressed with gingham tablecloths and bunting.

And highlight of the weekend will be the Best in Show competition, with classes for picnic and street food, jams and preserves, bread and decorated cupcakes, as well as the traditional Victoria sandwich.

“We want to encourage traditional entries, but we want to encourage more unusual ones too,” says WI member Blanche Duggleby.

“We want to make it more multicultural than a typical country competition. Our show will be a bit more modern and a bit fresher.”

So she hopes the ‘picnic’ section will attract samosas and bhajis as well as sausage rolls, and the bread entries will include soda bread and naan as well as a cottage loaf.

“It’s a competition for everybody from keen cooks who enjoy baking at home, to others who have never done it before and just fancy having a stab,” adds Blanche.

Winners will be awarded a Best in Show rosette and a cash prize, with certificates for second and third placed entries.

A £1 fee is payable on the day, but the deadline for entry registration is July 7. To download a form visit

Part of the WI proceeds will be donated to the Sheffield Rape Crisis Charity.