Bumper year hopes for revamped Sheffield food festival

Youngsters enjoy last year's Sheffield Food Festival.
Youngsters enjoy last year's Sheffield Food Festival.
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Organisers of the Sheffield Food Festival are hungry for a bumper turnout when the event returns two weeks today.

The celebration of eating and drinking has been moved forward from its usual date of September because of other events and will take place over a Bank Holiday Weekend from May 24 to 26.

foodram'tasting session at last year's 2010 Sheffield Food Festival

foodram'tasting session at last year's 2010 Sheffield Food Festival

Cooking demonstrations – featuring Great British Bake-off star Howard Middleton and top chefs from across the region – and stalls will be located on The Moor rather than Fargate to honour the new markets building.

Niki Baker, of Sheffield Hallam University’s business school which organises the festival, said: “Last year we attracted over 244,000 people to the city centre which was absolutely fantastic.

“Now the festival is over a bank holiday weekend so we are hoping that day will be really busy as more people are off and not at work as they were on the Friday last year.

“We have had four months less to organise the festival because the date changed.

“The list of things we have going on is never-ending.”

Another highlight of the festival for beer lovers will be Sheffield Brewery Co-operative’s section in the Peace Gardens, which will feature ale from 11 different breweries or micro breweries.

Niki added: ”It’s nice to have them all together rather than just one company.

“We do beer very well in Sheffield.”

Eight pop-up restaurants will also be located at the Peace Gardens for foodies to try their dishes.

An allotment which wowed the crowds last year will return to outside the town hall.

It will include a horse and have a 1940s Land Army theme, showing residents how their food makes the journey from field to fork.

New features include a cookery book swap in the old Woolworths building on The Moor and a daily Ready Steady Cook competition with BBC Radio Sheffield, which will be judged by dinner ladies from across the city.

John Cluckie, head chef at one of Sheffield’s newest restaurants, Marco’s New York Italian, is one of many leading a demonstration.

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