NEWS – The Sheffield Food Festival – May Spring Bank Holiday Weekend
We Ate, Drank & Shopped!
by Heyla Arbabha, Journalism Student, ACES, Sheffield Hallam University
That was the message to the visitors of the Sheffield Food Festival 2015 – and eat, drink, shop they did.
Over three days, people came from far and wide to sample the very best food and drink Sheffield has to offer.
Saturday saw highs of 18° and the beginning of the festival.
The team from ShipShape kicked off the event with an interactive session at 10am, where children were encouraged to make their own vegetable kebabs and learn about healthy food.
The big white demonstration tent in the Peace Gardens housed some of the finest names in food and drink in South Yorkshire; from Michelin-starred Rupert Rowley to The York bar manager Ben Schulze.
The sun brought queues for Yee Kwan’s ice cream stall, where just behind an animal farm was gathering attention… not an ordinary sight for just outside the Winter Gardens. Sunday brought new faces and more visitors into the city.
Children were kept entertained by Madame Zucchini, whose live vegetable theatre shows were performed every hour at St Paul’s Place.
Parked outside the Town Hall were Ladies in Pigs, a group of women passionate about pork.
While the ladies handed out tasters, the demo tent was again filled with spectators, ready to watch and taste chef’s creations. Balti chicken, pilau rice and chana masala were prepared by Aligarh chef Mr. Ali, whilst later on in the day Darren Goodwin of Losehill House Hotel wowed audiences with strawberries and cream… and dry ice.
Not to be outdone by the food, Jules Gray from Hop Hideout was on hand with a masterclass in how to pair beer and food – a must for the city named ‘Britain’s Best Beer City’ by the New York Times.
BBC Radio Sheffield were on hand to help finish off a fantastic festival on Monday.
Presenter Toby Foster and The Wortley Arms’ Andy Gabbitas went head-to-head with presenter Rony Robinson and Peppercorn’s Charlie Curran. After an intense battle, Toby came out victorious.
BBC Radio Sheffield’s Kat Harbourne could be found at the Winter Gardens reading a story to children, keeping families entertained.
Onion bhajis and dhal was served by Cutlers Spice chef Allam Ullah, before Mexican favourites The Street Food Chef wrapped up the festival with a burrito rolling competition.
Reflecting on the event afterwards, The Street Food Chef tweeted “Just got home after a brilliant Food Festival; legs aching, very very tired, but wanted to point out some of the brilliant things – the traders, amazing Sheffield good producers, street food crews, restaurateurs… it appears that Sheffield IS truly super – great food and business community and absolutely fantastic customers.”
After a fun-filled three days in the Steel City, Sheffield proved once again it could throw a spectacular food festival – and with growing popularity each year, it certainly won’t be their last.