Food festival in Sheffield proved to be recipe for success

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Foodies flocked to Sheffield for an annual festival celebrating all the city has to offer in food, local produce and restaurants.

An allotment created outside the town hall steps - complete with a horse, chickens and beds - is proving a popular attraction with visitors, who are taken on a journey back in time to wartime Britain in the 1940s.

They are being taught how to grow potatoes and other roots and salads crops.

Sue France, from the Green Estate social enterprise, said she hoped the event would encourage people to make more use of open space to grow their own food.

Grow Sheffield, an organisation where volunteers help people grow and harvest food in their own communities, has a stall encouraging people to try their hand at growing their own.

The organisation helps people harvest their fruit and uses the surplus to give to food banks and to turn into chutneys to sell on.

Pop up restaurants are set up around the Peace Garden serving food from traditional British to Japanese and Mexican - styles that can all be found in Sheffield.

Stalls selling local produce form an artisan Peace Garden market which stretches down to The Moor.

Fresh bread, sweets, honey, olives, cheese, jams and oils are all available to buy.

One of the most popular attractions yesterday was the demonstration tent on The Moor, where chefs from across the city took it in turns to showcase their skills.

Among those who cooked in front of the crowds was Rupert Rowley, head chef and co-owner of Fischer’s at Baslow Hall.

John Cluckie, from Marco’s New York Italian and Luke French from The Milestone were among those who also gave cooking masterclasses along with the team from Silversmith’s.

Youngsters were taught how to make pizzas in the demonstration tent by staff at the ShipShape health and wellbeing centre in Sheffield.

The aim was to make cooking fun and some thing for all the family in a bid to get more children eating more vegetables.

Festival organiser Niki Baker, from the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “Our festival is free and in the city centre to make it inclusive - we want as many people as possible to experience and enjoy it.

“It takes people on a journey from the garden or allotment right the way through to the food served in our restaurants. It has something for everyone and it getting bigger each year.”

Yesterday’s downpours affected visitor numbers.


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