Food Festival on the menu

SHEFFIELD FOOD FESTIVAL LAUNCH   Food hero Jessica Gillett.     4 July 2011
SHEFFIELD FOOD FESTIVAL LAUNCH Food hero Jessica Gillett. 4 July 2011

THE plates are laden, the glasses are charged and the second Sheffield Food Festival is under way… The week-long celebration was launched with a reception in the Festival marquee on Fargate. Then the focus switched to communities right across the city.

From salad-growing in Millhouses and Beer Beauty at Greystones, to a fruity fun day at Parson Cross and a talk on famous Sheffield pubs at the Hillsborough Hotel, this year’s festival aimed to draw in groups citywide.

More than 40,000 visitors and 100 organisations are expected to join in the diverse programme of events, which comes to a climax in the city centre this weekend.

Barkers Pool will be transformed into a farm and garden area, complete with cows, haystacks and an art garden created by artist Gillian Robertson.

The Peace Gardens will host a picnic party, with mini restaurants showcasing the best of the city’s food.

The pop-up restaurant and bar run by the Wig & Pen and Milestone teams will continue its programme of events in Fargate, with cookery demonstrations and the Urban Village Show adding to the fun.

It’s not too late to join in. Eat Sheffield’s Niki Baker says: “There’s still plenty of time to enter the Best in Show competition. Just bring your entries along before 10.45am on the day.”

Saturday classes are for under-14s’ decorated cupcakes, best picnic food and best pickles; Sunday features bread, preserves and the traditional Victoria sandwich.