Aldo Zilli to star at festival

Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli

Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli

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Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli is the special guest at a two-day food and drink festival, just over the county border in Bolsover next weekend (July 26-27).

The Italian-born restaurateur will present live cooking demos on Saturday as the festival takes to town centre streets in the shadow of towering Bolsover Castle.

“I’m excited about the festival and looking forward to visiting Bolsover, meeting the people, and trying out the local produce,” said Aldo.

Also headlining is beer guru Roger Protz, editor of the Good Beer Guide. Other attractions will include stalls, children’s cookery workshops and a new Bolsover beer, specially created by local brewery Raw.

Speed networking

City-centre café Eten is hosting a speed networking and social event tonight (Thursday) from 6pm. The evening is being organised by chef and co-owner Lee Vintin and his brother Phil, the man behind the @HelpSheffield Twitter account. Entry is free and open to all, with free snacks and bar open. It may become a regular event.

Meet the distiller

Sir Robin of Locksley gin is Sheffield’s latest home-grown success – and creator John Cherry will be signing bottles and giving out samples at a Meet the Distiller event at StarmoreBoss, Sharrowvale Road, from 11am on Sunday (John Cherry present 12-2pm). The event coincides with the local market day.

Bistro nights

Wayne Rodgers, new head chef at the Curator’s House in Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens, is hosting a bistro evening on Saturday – with a backdrop of Sheffield Philharmonic and Music in the Gardens (£25.95). Meanwhile, on Sunday, Silversmiths chefs are staging a Field to Plate bistro night at Whirlow Hall Farm (£30).