Cheers! Sheffield Food Festival underway with beer showcase

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.
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BREWERIES are coming together to brew a passion for ale at the Sheffield Food Festival.

It is the first time The Sheffield Breweries Co-operative are taking part in the festival, which launches today, in its third year.

Around 45,000 people are expected to flood in to the city to dig into all kinds of food during the three-day event.

The beer showcase involves nine local breweries providing samples of their ales and the chance to meet brewers in the ‘picnic’ area of the Winter Garden.

New ventures and established favourites will be in the garden offering pop up restaurants and entertainment.

In the ‘Kitchen’ area on Fargate there will be culinary demonstrations from chefs, including chef Andy Gabbitas of the Wortley Arms, students from Hillsborough College and entrepreneur Nick Holzherr – a finalist on this year’s The Apprentice.

And there will be a gourmet market of food stalls on Fargate and masterclasses in everything from mushrooms to wine.

Restaurants in Sheffield, many of which sponsor the festival to help keep it going, are also holding special offers and events.

Niki Baker, from Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “It will be a great event no matter if it rains, we’ll still be going ahead.

“One of the bits I’m really excited about is the picnic section - we have some fantastic local, independent restaurants in there.

“Sheffield Breweries Co-operative is here for the first time, some restaurants are coming back and for others it is the first time.

“Places like Relish by Brew Kitchen, Nonnas and Turkish restaurant Lokanta – which is going to make everybody’s notions of a doner kebab turn on its head – are just some of those involved.”

n Visit www.sheffieldfoodfestival.co.uk for a full listing.