TUCK BOX: Cut and dried African treat - made in Sheffield

Michael Kilner of Bradway Quality Meats with his biltong
Michael Kilner of Bradway Quality Meats with his biltong

Butcher Mike Kilner spent seven years in South Africa and one thing he missed when he came home to Sheffield was the biltong. So on his last trip to Cape Town he hunted down a dehumidifier – and is now producing his own brand of the cured meat speciality.

Mike, who runs Bradway Quality Meats in Twentywell Lane, has developed two types of spiced biltong, one flavoured with coriander, the other with chilli. Both are preserved by air drying for six days and are completely natural.

"It's something I've been eating for years. I love it – and it seems like other people do too," says Mike, who also makes boerewors, traditional South African spiral sausages.

MEASURE OF SUCCESS

City bartenders have been flying the flag for Sheffield, with two reaching the semi-finals of World Class GB Bartender of the Year. Jack Wakelin, of Picture House Social, and Kieran Grieves, of Bamboo Door, were among 50 who competed for a place in the final of the national contest.

AND THEY'RE OFF...

The second annual Sheffield Half Pint Marathon is up and running. Throughout May, drinkers can work their way round some of the city's best independent pubs and raise a glass in support of of Sheffield Hospitals' Helipad Appeal and Sheffield Mind. Funds will be boosted by sales of official beer Stitch, brewed by Thornbridge in collaboration with True North.

PASTA POP-UP

Italian pop-up Butta la Pasta is staging its latest event at Heeley City Farm Café on Saturday. Bookings from 5.30-9pm; two courses for £12 or three for £15.