VIDEO: Crowds of diners taste Sheffield Food Festival

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An urban allotment - complete with hay bales, trailing herbs and horse - has taken over Sheffield city centre for the food festival.

The pop-up project outside Sheffield Town Hall is part of a packed menu of activities on offer today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Green Estates on the Manor is running the initiative, which also features an edible shed containing an exhibition about 400 years of urban growing in Sheffield, with Ferndale Garden Centre and Fischer’s Hall restaurant.

Chief executive Sue France said: “It really is just a way of getting different people together that are interested in urban growing in small spaces in what is probably quite an unlikely place!

“People are really enjoying it.”

Crowds of foodies have flocked to enjoy dishes from across the world - from ostrich burgers to oriental ice cream - at packed stalls on Fargate, in the Peace Gardens and in the Winter Garden.

HSBC worker Debs Hamlyn, of Sharrowvale Road, was enjoying a spicy jerk chicken wrap for lunch.

She said: “The festival is great, I’ve been to Ludlow food festival in Somerset and its comparable.

“The markets we get here aren’t always good so it’s fantastic to get a combination of varied food and markets.”

See tomorrow’s Star for more on the festival.