Neigh need for takeaway with urban allotment

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Visitors to Sheffield Town Hall today are in for a big surprise...

Hay bales, herbs and a horse have all turned the square into an urban allotment for Sheffield Food Festival.

Sheffield Food Festival 2013'Esme Bishop and mum Natalie meet Big Ladthel Worthington

Sheffield Food Festival 2013'Esme Bishop and mum Natalie meet Big Ladthel Worthington

Green Estate on the Manor organised the pop-up project, with Ferndale Garden Centre and Fischer’s Hall restaurant, which features an edible shed with an exhibition about 400 years of urban growing in Sheffield.

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

Crowds of foodies enjoyed cooking demos and cuisine - from ostrich burgers to Russian pasties - at the festival yesterday.

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

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

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

Dave Eyre, of Walkley, was raising a glass at the Sheffield Breweries Co-operative beer tent in the Peace Gardens.

He said: “This brings visitors into the city centre, it makes it a lively place.”

Sizzling sounds and exotic smells filled Fargate as local restaurants and producers did a brisk trade.

Mum Yee Kwan, who runs oriental ice cream firm Yee Kwan, is a trader moving to the new Moor Market.

She said: “This is the fourth year we’ve come to the festival and it has definitely helped us grow.”

Youngsters from Holgate Meadows and Deepcar St John’s schools also learned how to create healthy dishes in a Let’s Get Cooking stall at the Winter Garden. The festival runs until tomorrow.