Sheffield tucks in at Food Festival

Sheffield Food Fair 2016 held in the Peace Gardens. Pictured are the Seven Hills WI. Photo: Chris Etchells

Sheffield Food Fair 2016 held in the Peace Gardens. Pictured are the Seven Hills WI. Photo: Chris Etchells

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Thousands of people tucked into a whole host of wonderful dishes and drinks as Sheffield’s Food Festival returned to the city once more.

Goods on offer at the dozens of stalls that made up the Sheffield Food Festival – held in the Peace Gardens and on Fargate – demonstrated the wide variety of food and drink produced in the city.

Sheffield Food Fair 2016 held in the Peace Gardens. Pictured from Urban Pantry are Reece Lippolis and Joe Dodwell. Photo: Chris Etchells

Sheffield Food Fair 2016 held in the Peace Gardens. Pictured from Urban Pantry are Reece Lippolis and Joe Dodwell. Photo: Chris Etchells

There was something to tempt everyone with dozens of local food businesses – from restaurants, cafes, street food traders, farmers, butchers, bakers, delis, ice cream parlours, fruit cake makers and beekeepers taking part in one enormous farmer’s market.

Festival-goers were also treated to cookery demonstrations from chefs at some of the city’s best-loved eateries including The Milestone, Poppy Seed and Napoleons in Owlerton.

Great British Bake Off’s Howard Middleton and Approved Foods also showcased food that was past its best before date that is still ‘perfectly good’.

Gareth Roberts, festival manager, said: “The festival line-up was bigger and better than ever this year. We had some firm favourites from previous years as well as some new and exciting additions.

Sheffield Food Fair 2016 held in the Peace Gardens. Pictured from Urban Pantry are Reece Lippolis and Joe Dodwell. Photo: Chris Etchells

Sheffield Food Fair 2016 held in the Peace Gardens. Pictured from Urban Pantry are Reece Lippolis and Joe Dodwell. Photo: Chris Etchells

“Sheffield Food Festival has established itself as the place to come to enjoy the best local produce the city’s independent traders have to offer.”

And in a new addition to the festival, those in attendance were also able to visit a pop-up farmyard, courtesy of Whirlow Hall Farm, and learn about how food gets from farm to fork while meeting a few feathered friends along the way.

Those wanting a bit of entertainment to accompany their dining on Saturday were able to head over to The Moor to take part in a range of activities and events, including dance sessions, craft activities and food demonstrations, through the Taste Moor part of the festival.