Food festival promises something for everyone

Pop in: The Milestone chaps will be hosting a pop-up restaurant and a pop-up cinema
Pop in: The Milestone chaps will be hosting a pop-up restaurant and a pop-up cinema
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Liver sandwiches, anyone?

Or how about Henderson’s -infused fish cakes and tapas made from wild food foraged in Sheffield?

Alternatively, take your seat at a tea party with gin in the teapots and a burrito-eating challenge...

All this, and so much more, is being crammed on to the plate of the 40,000 visitors expected at Sheffield’s second Food Festival next month.

The week-long event, staged at venues across the city from July 4-10, will transform the heart of the city into foodie heaven.

It promises to be a celebration of all that is grown and produced locally and an education of both tastebuds and skills, thanks to hundreds of tasting events and food and cookery workshops.

And city restaurants and cafe kitchens, run by the people who put taste into Sheffield every single day, are preparing to cook up a storm.

Over 30 eateries are going the whole hog with wacky offerings, imaginative new menus, big discounts and events that range from cook-alongs to street parties.

“This is a great opportunity for local chefs to showcase their talents and prove that the city is firmly on the foodie map,” said a festival organiser.

Visitors can eat their way around the world thanks to the wide range of food cultures the city has embraced.

Great British grub is not overlooked, though. Silversmiths, the restaurant saved by Gordon Ramsay, will be linking with charity Whirlow Hall Farm to stage gourmet British outdoor barbecues. And back at Silversmiths’ base on Arundel Street, it’s set to be pie heaven.

Snap Deli on Ecclesall Road are the ones stuffing lamb’s liver in a Festival Week sandwich – along with blue cheese – and The Rutland Hotel is the place being very liberal with the Henderson’s.

For teapots of gin and tonic, head to The York on Fulwood Road on July 7 and take the burrito-munching challenge against the clock at Street Food Chef on Pinstone Street throughout the week.

The 18Fifty5 restaurant at the Copthorne Hotel has devised a Uniquely Yorkshire Flavour menu for £15 and £18, and if you fancy learning how to find free food, go foraging at Wyming Brook nature reserve with champions of local food PJ Taste and the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham,

Their ‘Feast and Forage’ guided evening walk is on Tuesday, July 5, and will end with a wild-food barbecue.

The Wig & Pen by the Milestone is taking its kitchen to the public, hosting an innovative pop-up restaurant at the top of Fargate for the week.

Its events will range from a Sunday Feast, what promises to be Sheffield’s largest three-course Sunday lunch, to a pop-up cinema screening the cult wine comedy Sideways.