Week of gorgeous grub is under way with top events all over Sheffield

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TASTY treats and munchable morsels are on offer all around the city this week as the 2011 Sheffield Food Festival gets into full swing.

Bars, cafes, restaurants and some more offbeat venues are all part of the action which continues until next Sunday.

A marquee run by The Wig and Pen gastro pub will be at the top of Fargate all week featuring a bar, canteen and restaurant, offering British classics and authentic South Indian cuisine.

Venues around the city will host food and drink master classes, tasting sessions, talks and lectures on subjects such as wild food and foraging, curing your own bacon, making the most of venison and a look at the king of cheeses, Stilton.

From Friday to Sunday a chef’s demonstration theatre will be in a marquee on Fargate with a packed programme of activities.

Attractions include making the perfect mojito, ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, and a Kashmiri cookery master class.

The same venue on the same days will feature an Urban Village Show presented by the Seven Hills Women’s Institute, including classic cream teas and a Best In Show food competition.

In Barker’s Pool at the weekend a farm and garden area will feature students from Freeman College presenting the Pizzatainment pizza experience, with a 15-minute public pizza workshop.

At the same time Balm Green near the City Hall will see artist Gillian Robertson creating an art garden with a food theme.

Visitors will enter under a canopy of velvety peaches, glistening pears, glossy apples and cherries and then see luminescent peas and beans winding through willow tepees and plump, prize-winning pumpkins nestling in the vegetable patch.

Tomorrow at Moss Valley Fine Meats at Lightwood there are butchery classes and sausage making sessions at 9am, 11am and 2pm.

And also tomorrow there is a Fruity Fun Day with Parson Cross Community Development Forum at St Thomas More Community Centre on Margetson Crescent.

The day will feature healthy eating sessions with food demonstrations and tastings, including fruit kebabs, and fruit smoothies. Workshops will show how to put together a healthy lunch box and to cook on a budget.

Food books old and new will be on display at the Central Library, many of the rare works including The Complete Family Companion from 1753, Farley, London Art of Cookery from 1789 and Gouffe, Royal Cookery Book from 1869.