Delicious plans for Sheffield’s Heritage Open Days as it celebrates Edible England

This year’s Heritage Open Days will have a focus on food to celebrate Sheffield’s independent producers and different cultures.

Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 11:22 am

The HODs team is busy working on the festival, which takes place from September 10 to 19 and sees a return to in-person gatherings following last year’s largely digital events.

Organiser Janet Ridler said: “We want to make sure that the festival doesn’t slip under venues’ and organisers’ radars as they begin to open up again.

“The festival will probably be one of the first large-scale heritage events to take place across the country.

Heritage Open Days organiser Janet Ridler.

“As it’s all free to attend we expect that it will be one of the first ways thousands of people will begin to reconnect with heritage across Sheffield and beyond as they start to get out and about again.”

This year’s theme is Edible England and organisers are keen to see some of Sheffield’s independent food producers take part.

They say it would be a great platform for different cultures to showcase their food heritage and the team at Sheffield Civic Trust can support and help anyone who hasn’t done it before.

One of the events is All Good Stuff at Butchers Works in Arundel Street where local artists are invited to submit representations in any medium of food, drink and related artefacts such as can and bottle openers, tableware and cutlery and table decor.

The Central Library and Reading Sheffield will be displaying vintage cookery and homemaking books – worn, stained and treasured books from grandparents, passed down to parents and now on your kitchen shelves.

Janet added: “We really want to encourage venues to register and to offer something for people to do this September – it can be a talk, a walk, a behind-the-scenes look at a hidden gem, a guided tour or a demonstration.

“There are lots of different ways to put on an event and it can be just for a couple of hours during the festival dates.

“Built and natural heritage are welcome including museums, churches, mosques, woods, cemeteries, parks, neighbourhoods, libraries, historic buildings, factories, theatres, cultural centres – it’s a very wide remit.”