The programme of traders and activities for this year’s Sheffield Food Festival has now been announced and it’s HUGE! The event returns to the city centre for its eighth year on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, with markets open from 10 am – 6 pm on Sat 26, Sun 27 and Mon 28th May.
Organisers, Events Collective, have given us the full rundown of what to expect:
There’s a packed programme this year so we’re absolutely thrilled to announce the launch of the brand new Sheffield Food Festival Magazine, available from Tuesday 1st May. This will be your indispensable guide to the event, with a full programme of activities, map and trader listings, along with interviews, features and recipes from some of the city’s most exciting food and drink businesses. Look out for this FREE magazine across the city’s shops, pubs and bars in May or pick up your copy from the Sheffield Food Festival Information Point in the central Peace Gardens at the event.
The Artisan Market at Sheffield Food Festival features food producers and businesses from around Sheffield and further afield, bringing a range of preserves, oils, cakes, chilli sauces, cookery books, craft beers, gins, pies and loads more for attendees to take home and enjoy.
Street food was so popular at last year’s event that many of our traders sold out several times over, so this year the Street Food Market has been extended, with 35 different companies to choose from. Alongside food festival favourites like Street Food Chef, Proove, Sunshine Pizza Oven, Caribbean Fusion and Moss Valley Fine Meats, we have some fantastic new traders such as Fizz & Fromage (pairing mac & cheese with a glass of prosecco), Livvy’s Ice Cream (gelato made from natural ingredients), Meltworks (grilled cheese sandwiches and halloumi fries), Little Somboon Kitchen (pan-Asian street food) and Dilla Deli (quesadillas with international flavours) amongst others.
The Theatre Kitchen programme is looking really exciting with plenty of our favourite chefs returning to share more secrets of the trade and showcase great local produce.Don’t miss your opportunity to catch one of Sheffield’s Favourite restaurant’s Rafters demonstrating on Saturday from 12:40. Each day kicks off with a ‘Ready Steady Cook!’ session with local chefs and food charities battling it out with mystery ingredients – come and find out about the work of SAGE Greenfingers (Saturday), Foodcycle Sheffield (Sunday) or The Food Bank Choir (Monday).
Brand new for this year: Proove Pizza will be hosting the very first Sheffield Food Festival Supper Club in the Theatre Kitchen marquee on the evening of Saturday 26 May. Their chefs have created a bespoke menu which showcases their most popular ingredients with a seasonal twist, whilst introducing new and delicious dishes including the Sheffield debut of Proove’s Street Food offering, with dishes such as Arancini, Angioletti, Crocché and Pizza Fritti all making an entrance on the night. Each course will be paired with painstakingly matched alcoholic delights (someone had a bit of fun!) including fizz, gin and cocktails. Tickets for the Showcase Dinner are limited to 50 people and are £50 per person, including canapés and welcome drink, 5 courses with 5 paired drinks. Check out Proove’s social media for information on how to get your ticket or call them on 0114 294 5185. Proove will be working with their social enterprise partner Foodinate for this event so that a proportion of each ticket price goes towards a meal for someone in need.
The big hit from last year’s food festival was undeniably the new Eats, Treats & Beats Festival Village at the top of Fargate. This is our stylish stretch tent bar surrounded by top-notch street food, which stays open into the evening for that ‘night market’ vibe. This year, the Village will open for an extra day, with a soft opening on Thurs 24th (bar only) and everything in full swing from 11 am on Friday 25th May. We’re working with Sentinel Brewing Co and Stancill Brewery, so the bar features some excellent local beers alongside the usual bar range, plus Mr D’Arcys Drink Emporium will be open throughout serving gin, prosecco and cocktails.
The street food offer in Eats, Treats & Beats is headed up by Smoke BBQ, bringing their mouthwatering pulled pork butties, and includes returning favourites The Gravy Train (delicious gooey melty poutine) along with newcomers Get Wurst (bratwurst, currywurst and vegan wurst), Wah Wahs (Mexican BBQ, halloumerito and churros), Fro by Joy (indulgent yet virtuous Froconut frozen dessert), Mama Tornado (spiralised potato snacks), and Canny Coffees (brilliant brews and rainbow lattes).
The ever-popular Fountain Bar returns to the Peace Gardens, offering a selection of the city’s most popular ales from our enviable range of independent breweries, as well as some from further afield. There are so many factors at play as to what makes each drink on offer special, from the brewer who designed the ale, to the ingredients used and how it is brewed, and not forgetting the main ingredient – Sheffield tap water – arguably the best drinking water in any UK city! Beers include Farmers Blonde and Farmers Peach ales from Bradfield Brewery; Pale Rider and KIB One from Kelham Island Brewery; Cavendish and Pivo from Welbeck Abbey Brewery; and Moonshine and Heathen from Abbeydale Brewery. We also have two special edition beers from award-winning local microbrewery On The Edge Brewery produced just for Sheffield Food Festival – with only two casks of each of these beers available, make sure you get in quick as once they’re gone, they’re gone!