EXOTIC fruits and home-made ice lollies were on the menu when youngsters came together at a Sheffield community centre to celebrate the city’s Food Festival.
Children from Dickery Docks nursery joined pupils from Yewlands secondary school, Mansel Primary School and St Thomas Catholic School at Parson Cross Community Centre for the healthy eating event, organised on day two of Sheffield’s culinary celebration.
They tucked into smoothies, homemade ice lollies and fruit kebabs containing the likes of melon, pineapple and blueberries - which for many was the first time they had tasted them.
Mini pitta breads and bagels packed with healthy fillings like tuna and egg mayonnaise were also on offer, demonstrating the different elements that can make up a healthy but tasty lunch box.
And the group of around 40 children learned the importance of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables each day for a healthy and balanced diet.
Joining the youngsters at the event were a host of over- 60s, where sessions focused more on themes of how to cook for one and tips for creating healthy but inexpensive meals.
They got busy in the kitchen making soups - including flavours such as leek and potato and tomato and lentil - and even baked some soda bread to dip in.
Kate Guest, regeneration manager at the Parson Cross Forum, said all the goodies on offer had gone down well with youngsters and pensioners alike.
“The children loved the fruit kebabs - for many it was the first time they had tasted things like blueberries, pineapple and melon - and although some people took a bit of convincing on the soda bread, everybody loved the soups,” she said.
“As soon as we heard about the Food Festival we wanted to do something to get involved. In our area we have a lot of takeaway outlets and we are trying to promote healthy eating and exercise in the face of many unhealthy alternatives.
“We wanted to show people that eating well doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, and that it can still taste good. We also handed out laminated recipe cards which we hope people will try out at home. It seemed like everyone enjoyed themselves and we’re pleased with how it all went.”
n See www.sheffieldfoodfestival.com
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