Foodie delights at the Sheffield Food Festival
It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate Sheffield’s culinary offerings; the restaurants, the gastro pubs and the humble cafes, not to mention all of the food producers and community groups that work at helping our residents cook for themselves. That’s right, the Sheffield Food Festival has returned to town and this year promises to be as exciting as the last.
As ever there’s a lot to take in and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be worried about missing out. So, I’ve headed down into town this morning to check out what’s going on as well as sussing out the ‘must-do’ events for the weekend ahead.
The Festival Kitchen
The Festival kitchen is located at the top of Fargate and it is the place to go to watch some of the area’s best chefs demonstrate some delicious dishes for you to try at home. Look out for Simon Ayres of Showroom Cafe Bar at 3pm today, Saturday and Sunday, Charlie Curran of Peppercorn Restaurant at 10 am tomorrow (Saturday), Rupert Rowley of Fischers at 1 pm tomorrow (Saturday), James Duckett of Samuel Fox at 11 am on Sunday and Manisha Patel from the Milestone Cookery School at 1 pm on Sunday. Phew! That should be enough cookery classes to keep you going for a while, but there is more.
For those interested in what’s happening down the Moor, especially at the new market, you should head over to the Moor Regeneration pitch on Fargate. They’ve got various traders from the new market coming in to give interviews, so this is a really good opportunity to get to know more about the new market and what there will be on offer. Head over on Saturday and you’ll catch Steve Clarke of new Moor Market stall Beer Central at 11.30 and Steve Waterall with his pork pies from Wateralls, Castle Market at 2.30. Aye, you read that right. Beer and pork pies, was there ever a better combination?
The Festival Market
You’ll be able to find all of your favourite food producers at the market which stretches across the whole of the shopping section of Fargate. Amongst many others there’s Moss Valley,Heavenly Cheesecake, Yee Kwan, Whirlow Hall Farm, Cossack Cuisine, Catherine’s Choice, Heavenlies, #Brownies and Autumn Harvest Mushrooms. There’s street food available too thanks to Hungry Buddha, Rumba Caribbean, Lahori Street Food and Pizzasmiths, and more!
Town Hall Square
Head over to Town Hall Square and you’ll find an allotment and lots of vegetable related activities for the kids. There’s even a shire horse out there at the moment! Experts from Whirlow Hall Farm, Heeley City Farm, Manor Lodge and Green Estate will be on hand to teach your children how to sow seeds, make recycled plant pots and have fun creating animals out of grown produce.
With a few of Sheffield’s favourite restaurants hosting pop up restaurants over the weekend, I have a feeling that the Peace Gardens is going to be my favourite spot for the duration of the festival. There’s Lokanta, Nonnas, The Wig & Pen, Napoleons and Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, Aagrah, Roast, Showroom Café Bar, Cubana, Swanky Franks and firm street food favourites, Street Food Chef. Although the restaurants weren’t up and running when I popped round this morning, I did spot a couple of the menus and I’m already looking forward to trying the pulled pork bun and mac ‘n’ cheese from The Wig & Pen and some tempura queen scallops from Showroom Café Bar. Perhaps I’ll round everything off with a dessert platter from Napoleons; at £2 a pop it would be rude not to. Beer heads will also be glad to see the Sheffield Breweries Co-operative out in force as there’s a little beer festival dedicated to Sheffield ale with 24 beers from 8 different breweries; Abbeydale, Blue Bee, Bradfield, The Brew Company, Kelham Island, Sheffield Brewery Co, White Rose and Wood Street Brewery. Those determined to enjoy the last of the summer (and it is actually quite warm out there at the moment) will want to seek out Nonnas’s Not So Secret Aperitivo Bar where you can enjoy a Venetian spritz or two along with a few tasty sounding salads.
Moving on to Millennium Square you’ll find coffee carte along with Pieroth Wines who are offering out samples of their top quality wines. Head over to find out more about their wine tasting packages and how to host a tasting session at home.
Finally the Winter Garden is home to a variety of activities. Sheffield Honey is there offering samples of their very special honey and a chance to make your own beeswax candle, The Ministry of Chocolate is holding chocolate making workshops, 7 Hills WI are selling sweet and savoury treats and Country Fresh Foods are there with exotic fruit and vegetable displays.