VIDEO: Food Festival - Allotment garden in the city centre

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The Sheffield Hallam University-organised Food Festival has issued its new programme for this year’s event, which will take place on the bank holiday weekend between Saturday, May 24 and Monday, May 26.

This year, the festival will stretch from The Moor Market towards the city centre as the University celebrates a new partnership with Sheffield City Council City Centre Management and Major Events team and Scottish Widows Investment Partnership Trust (SWIPT).

The Town Hall Allotment shed will return to the Food Festival this year

The Town Hall Allotment shed will return to the Food Festival this year

Part of the event will see The Green Estate going back to the war years.

The ‘make do and mend’ theme will feature food which could have been made from rations and home-grown ingredients.

Green Estate is an environmental project which welcomes visitors to see animals, plants and the Rhubarb Shed Cafe selling food sourced on its own land.

It was a big draw in last year’s festival and estate manager Brett Nuttall said everyone was looking forwards to this year’s event.

“We’re creating a wartime garden, trying to tie into the celebration of World War One. Lots of rhubarb, lots of traditional recipes, cream tea and scones and things people would have grown in the war,” he said.

The display in Town Hall square over the May Bank Holiday weekend will once again include Big Lad, the estate’s resident Clydesdale horse.

Green estate is also home to pics, ducks, hens, bees and donkeys.

The Food Festival is supported by Sheffield Hallam University’s Business School.

Journalism students are supporting the event for the first time this year by filming videos to tell the stories of Sheffield businesses taking part.

Students involved in the filming are Lewis Ward, Kelly Crampton. Danielle Hayden, Emma Collicott and Hannah Sanders.

For a copy of the food festival programme and for more details of this year’s programme click here.