Gastropub chefs on food festival menu

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CHEFS from The Milestone gastropub in Sheffield will be running a “pop-up” restaurant in Fargate as part of the city’s forthcoming food festival.

The Milestone currently has two bars in Sheffield – the original in Kelham Island, which was crowned Gordon Ramsay’s best British restaurant, and The Milestone at the Wig and Pen, which opened in Campo Lane six months ago.

Running from Sunday, July 3, to Sunday, July 10, the pop-up restaurant will encompass three different strands – a formal restaurant, a bar and canteen and a summer barbecue.

Co-owner of The Milestone, Matt Bigland, said: “We’re putting even more into this year’s food festival and really pushing the boat out in terms of our food and drink offering.

“We’re excited to be collaborating with other businesses and showcasing menus from the Wig and Pen and The Milestone with our taster evenings, plus the pop-up cinema and chef demos will make our programme interactive and entertaining for everyone.”

A programme of special events will take place within the Fargate restaurant during the week, including a “Sunday Feast”, a pop-up cinema, a charity dinner and a closing party.

From Monday to Thursday the team from The Milestone will also be joined in the bar by chefs from East and West restaurant in London Road, who will be showcasing their authentic South Indian cuisine and challenging diners’ perceptions of curry.

The second annual Sheffield Food Festival will include attractions such as a producers’ market in Fargate, picnics, food and drink tasting sessions, a city centre farm and garden in Barkers Pool, offers and special menus in bars and restaurants and cookery demonstrations taking place across the city.

It is hoped that the event, which will involve more than 100 organisations, will attract around 40,000 visitors over the course of the week.

One aspect of the event will be “Festival Classroom” in collaboration with Sheffield University, which will include lectures and workshops as well as a food and drink quiz, a family sushi-making session, an American-style hoedown and a cupcake decorating class with staff from “Fancie”, the Sharrowvale Road-based cupcake firm.

Coun Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for business, jobs and growth, said: “These Sheffield University events are a great combination of fun and learning about food, and I hope everyone has a brilliant time as well as picking up some useful new culinary skills and knowledge.”

For those more interested in drinks than food, the Campaign for Real Ale will be running a real ale tent and there will also be brewery tours and “ale trails”, designed to guide visitors around Sheffield’s best pubs.