Culinary delights wow the Sheffield crowds

Sheffield Food festival.  Chef Lee Mangles
Sheffield Food festival. Chef Lee Mangles
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FROM mouth watering chocolates to home-made cakes and meals made using local products...

Sheffield Food Festival attracted thousands of people who enjoyed a wealth of culinary delights over the weekend.

A marquee at the top of Fargate was one of the popular attractions, hosting cooking demonstrations.

Lee Mangles, head chef at Silversmiths Restaurant, on Arundel Street, was among those showing off their skills. Lee, formerly of the Milestone, demonstrated how to cook meals featuring chorizo, hake fish from Whitby and a chicken casserole.

He said: “A lot of the ingredients were local, including cabbage and flowers from Whirlow Hall. I think demonstrations such as this show people what good food is out there.”

Entertainment of a different kind was available in the Peace Gardens, where staff from Cubana bar, at West One, were making cocktails.

Meanwhile, Tommo Hasegowa, of Edo Sushi, based on High Court, off High Street, was demonstrating sushi making.

He said: “We’ve had quite a lot of interest, particularly after we started doing live demonstrations.

“People have enjoyed watching and it’s made them want to have a try.”

Other attractions included Brew Kitchen chef Jack Baker, who has lived and worked in the US, making chowder stew to an authentic stateside recipe.

Seven Hills WI had a range of delicious home-made cakes on sale in aid of women’s refuge charity Haven House.

The institute was also holding a cake baking contest for members of the public yesterday.

A popular event for families was the Ministry of Chocolate demonstration in the Winter Garden, showing the journey of chocolate from cocoa beans to bar.

“We’ve been heaving with people,” said manager, Carl Turner.