Food traders moving into Sheffield’s new market will be giving customers a preview taste of their wares at the city’s food festival.
A selection of stallholders has signed up to a special preview stall as part of the Sheffield Food Festival this weekend, which runs from tomorrow until Sunday.
Samples of beer, Indian spices, oriental ice cream and meat from a specialist butcher will be on offer at the stall.
Visitors will also have the chance to win prizes worth over £1,000.
Nicholas Tissington, from the Coffee @ Moor Market stall, said: “My family has been involved in the market trade for 70 years and the opening of the new Moor market is a great opportunity to expand on this with the new specialist coffee stall.
“The stall at the Sheffield Food Festival is a great chance for people to come down and have a preview of the fantastic coffee we will be serving up from the stall and I know there are other market traders taking part who will be bringing everything from beer and bhajis to pork pies and parkin to the new home of Sheffield’s markets when it opens in November.”
The food festival will showcase local produce and culinary talent with live demonstrations, workshops and a packed market of food stalls after a launch event in the Winter Garden tonight.
Sheffield’s new market is set to open on The Moor on November 18.
The new £18m building has 183 stalls – ranging from a nail bar and artisan cheeses to the more traditional household goods and vegetables.
Sandra Barley, centre liaison manager for The Moor, said: “We are really excited about welcoming the new markets building in just a couple of months’ time and it has been great to link up with a number of stallholders for the Moor stall at the Sheffield Food Festival.
“It will be a great weekend of activity with giveaways and competitions – including the chance to win a retail hamper with vouchers from a number of the great stores we currently have on The Moor.”
* The cost of bulldozing Sheffield’s Castle Market and compensation for traders moving to The Moor will run to £4.4 million.
The figure is revealed in a report to Sheffield Council’s cabinet.
The council said demolition work will take longer than expected and will not be completed until the 2015/16 financial year.
The ‘turret kiosk’ outside the market on Exchange Street – not previously included in the demolition – will now be removed due to the need for demolition vehicles to access the site along Exchange Street.
Plans for the site include excavating to see what remains of Sheffield’s old medieval castle.