The Star Says: Sheffield Food festival shows best of local trade

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The Sheffield Food Festival is now an established event and one that everyone in the region should try to get behind if possible.

From tomorrow until Monday, the event will take place in the heart of the city, with dozens of producers, restaurateurs and businesses uniting for a weekend of food-based fun.

The festival, organised by Sheffield Hallam University’s business school, is set to feature a pop-up farmyard, a mini-beer festival featuring local ales, and cooking masterclasses with top local chefs.

Visitors will also be able to select goodies to eat and drink, and shop from a vast array of market stalls and street food traders in and around the Peace Gardens, Winter Garden and Millennium Square.

This will be the fifth festival and it is testament to the hard work of the organisers and the expertise of those taking part that its reputation is rapidly growing.

Niki Baker from the festival is right when she says Sheffield has the best of all worlds – the beautiful Peak District nearby, fantastic produce and really creative people.

Often we can overlook what is right under our noses in our area.

There is plenty that needs to be done – improvements in many areas can’t come soon enough to help people – but we are also lucky to have lots going in our favour.

Festivals, such as the one taking place over this bank holiday weekend, are a good way of showcasing a particular local industry that we can be proud of. Recently pop up street markets have become very popular in the Arundel Street area.

Visitors come from across the country to sample what we have to offer.

Never has this been more true than in the beer trade.

In recent years there have been many micro breweries and independents springing up around the area.

Among the highlights of Sheffield Beer Festival will be a chance to learn all about pairing beer and food, which should tie everything together nicely.

Hopefully the weather will make for a good weekend.

There is plenty to see and do around our area even if food and drink festivals aren’t your thing.

However, we’d urge you to try and call in one day just to see the breadth of what our region has to offer.

There will always be something that will surprise you.