Feast goes down a treat at Sheffield Food Festival

Sheffield Food Festival 2013 James Morton demonstrates bread baking in the food festival marquee
Sheffield Food Festival 2013 James Morton demonstrates bread baking in the food festival marquee
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Almost 250,000 diners turned out to taste their way around the world at Sheffield Food Festival.

A bustling market of pop-up restaurants and stalls, plus cooking demonstrations and live music, filled the city centre from Friday to Sunday.

Figures show the culinary celebration brought in 244,000 people – an increase on last year’s 184,000.

Niki Baker, regional engagement officer at Sheffield Hallam University’s Sheffield Business School which organises the event with the council, said: “I can’t quite believe the number of people who came – I don’t know how they all fitted in!

“We have had some really positive feedback from people.

“The local businesses did really well and want there to be more festivals, and all the visitors seem to have had a brilliant time.”

The food festival, now in its fourth year, included an egg-and-spoon race for the first time on Saturday.

Street food from Russian to Cuban was on offer, and a pop-up urban allotment with an edible shed, a horse and hay bales transformed Sheffield Town Hall square.

Niki added: “The allotment was a real highlight for me. To see that idea brought to reality was fantastic.

“We owe a big thank you to the organisers, Green Estate and Ferndale Garden Centre, for that.”