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Lots of preparation: Chinese New Year Celebration food and beverage team leader Roy Yau, pictured with a volunteer at a previous Chinese New Year event in the City Hall Ballroom
Lots of preparation: Chinese New Year Celebration food and beverage team leader Roy Yau, pictured with a volunteer at a previous Chinese New Year event in the City Hall Ballroom
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Shopping and chopping is keeping scores of amateur and professional cooks from Sheffield’s Chinese community busy for the whole of this week.

It’s a case of many hands making light work of preparing a host of dishes for a Chinese New Year celebration at Sheffield City Hall on Monday night.

“There is a lot of preparation needed for Chinese food; we have a large group of volunteers and they will all be very busy buying all the ingredients and getting them diced and sliced ready for cooking on the day,” says Belinda Shiu, manager of the City’s Chinese Community Centre on London Road, where all the cooking is taking place.

Food is an integral part of Chinese New Year celebrations and at the annual City Hall event, when members of Sheffield’s 10,000-plus Chinese community put on a colourful and majestic array of song, dance and traditional performances.

This time they are celebrating the Year of the Snake, which according to Chinese mythology is predicted to be a year of prosperity and peace.

As the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, the snake represents wisdom, beauty, intelligence and power.

The Ballroom will be transformed into a pop-up Chinese restaurant selling pre-prepared meal boxes at £5 a head for guests to feast on while listening to traditional singing and the Drums of Qiang from 5pm. The main Chinese New Year show starts in the Oval Hall at 7pm and guests can expect authentic Chinese singing, dancing, acrobats, martial arts, a tea art show and The Sichuan Opera.

Everyone is welcome. Tickets are still available on the door priced £6 and £7 (£4 concessions and £5).