Sheffield food festival is ‘inspirational’

Sheffield Food festival . Andy Gabbitas from the Wortley Arms gives a cooking demonstration.
Sheffield Food festival . Andy Gabbitas from the Wortley Arms gives a cooking demonstration.

FOOD, glorious food is being celebrated in Sheffield as budding chefs and independent restaurants cook up the perfect recipe.

From street grub to gourmet canapes, all kinds of culinary creations are drawing in crowds at Sheffield Food Festival, which launched in the city centre yesterday and continues until tomorrow.

Children’s writer Ann Wright and her friend Judith Laverty, both keen cooks, watched each chef demonstration in the Kitchen Tent on Fargate.

Ann, of Sothall, said: “I think it’s quite inspirational. There have been some great recipes for healthy eating and a lot of different ideas.”

Gerard Deveau, aged 53, from Sheffield, said: “The festival is giving small businesses a chance to be on a big stage.

“I’ve been trying food, like cheeses, and someone offered me a vodka taster – but I said no as I am working!”

First chef on stage was Masterchef Andy Gabbitas, proprietor of The Wortley Arms, cooking with venison and boar. Hillsborough College students also showed food-lovers how to craft cold canapes.

In the Winter Garden school pupils made pancakes and Boston baked beans for an audience to try.

The children were with the Let’s Get Cooking team – part of family fun lined up for the three-day free urban festival.

Information about breast milk, the first food babies have, is also being given out.

Sheffield restaurants, including favourites like Cubana and newcomers such as Mexican Street Food Chef, were also proving popular in the Peace Gardens Picnic area.

Jack Baker, head chef at Relish on Ecclesall Road, dished out seafood chowder at the Brew Kitchen stall. He said: “The festival is definitely exciting for Sheffield.

“People can taste food from around the world on their own doorstep.”

A feast of food, from curry to chocolate, is also available in a market on Fargate.

n Visit for a programme of all the events.