20 May 2015

This bank holiday weekend, Sheffield City Centre will come alive with food-based fun as thousands of people tuck into the fifth instalment of the Sheffield Food Festival.

Between Saturday 23 May and Monday 25 May the popular Sheffield Business School-organised festival will be taking place within the heart of the city, with dozens of local producers, restaurateurs and businesses coming together to take part.

The festival is set to feature a pop-up farmyard, a mini-beer festival featuring local ales and cooking masterclasses with top local chefs.

Visitors will also be able to select goodies to eat, drink and shop from a vast array of market stalls and street food traders across the festival in and around the Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens and Millennium Square.

Family fun activities will include the chance to have a spin on a smoothie bike provided by school food provider Taylor Shaw, learning about growing produce from seeds as part of the National Trust campaign to ‘plant it, grow it, eat it’ and getting involved in spaghetti and marshmallow construction with Sheffield Hallam University.

During Saturday The Moor will be getting in on the action with a ‘Taste Moor’ event, seeing a range of different free activities which will celebrate food through cultures, crafts, performances, dancing and cookery demonstrations.

One of the attractions will be the Tea Tent, where visitors can relax whilst learning about Indian, Japanese & Chinese tea ceremonies, which will be accompanied by storytelling.

Festival champion Niki Baker said: “This year’s festival is all set to be the best yet, with something for all tastes on offer.

“Along with the dozens of local producers, businesses and others who have come together to make this happen, I’m looking forward to seeing the heart of the city filled with food festival fun this bank holiday weekend. I would urge everyone to come along and join in.”

Councillor Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Anyone interested in food, drink and locally-sourced produce is sure to find something to tempt their tastebuds at this weekend’s Sheffield Food Festival.

“Sheffield is famous for its entrepreneurial and creative spirit, so it will be especially pleasing to showcase what our independent traders have to offer, from locally-sourced meat, fruit and veg through to fine dining, real ales and craft beers.

“But don’t just take my word for it – the event has been independently voted as one of the top three urban food festivals in the UK, so really is one of the jewels in the crown of our fantastic year-round Major Events programme.”

More information on Sheffield Food Festival activities can be found at the website www.sheffieldfoodfestival.org, including a copy of the food festival programme. Other activities include:

  • Millennium Square will be turned into a pop-up farmyard by Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, with kids able to check out a tractor and meet some farmyard animals, before clambering amongst the hay bales to listen to readings of ‘The Little Red Hen’.
  • Chef demos will return to the Peace Gardens, with the likes of Simon Ayres, from the Cross Scythes at Totley, and Michelin starred chef Rupert Rowley from Fischer’s showing off their cooking flair and expertise.
  • BBC Radio Sheffield will once again return to stage a local version of Ready, Steady, Cook, where two presenters will attempt to create a culinary sensation with just £5 of ingredients and 30 minutes to spare.