As the weather starts to get warmer, it can mean only one thing – Sheffield Food Festival is just around the corner! The event returns to the city centre for its eighth year on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, with markets open from 10am – 6pm on Sat 26, Sun 27 and Mon 28th May.
The full programme of traders and activities for this year’s event is due to be released on 1st May, with the publication of the brand new Sheffield Food Festival Magazine. As well as acting as your comprehensive guide to the festival weekend, it is packed 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.
If you can’t wait until then to find out what the organisers have in store for you this year, we have a few teasers to share with you.
Would you like a guided introduction to the world of craft chocolate? On Saturday 26 May in the Town Hall, Max Scotford from award winning Bullion Chocolate will be hosting the Tastings Table, taking you through the amazing journey a cacao bean takes to become a finished bar. Tastings take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, with limited places available. Tickets £5, redeemable on purchases of Bullion Chocolate on the day. Book your place now.
Are you a cake fanatic? There are so many amazing sweet treats in store for you, all from outstanding local companies with their own unique twist. For example, you can enjoy scoffington cake from #brownies or 4Eyes Patisserie’s signature kruffins and kronuts in the Peace Gardens, grab an immaculate cupcake from Cupcake Time on Town Hall Square, or visit the new Pop Up Tea Room in Orchard Square and enjoy your cakes with a cuppa in the sunshine, with Italian small cakes from Eras Chocolate, deliciously decadent seasonal bakes from Bakes by Butter, and brownies and tray-bakes to suit all appetites from Whipped Bakery and Ridiculously Rich.
Would you like to make an evening of it? Saturday 26th May will see the launch of the inaugural Sheffield Food Festival Supper Club in the Theatre Kitchen Marquee, this year hosted by event sponsors Proove Pizza. 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 & cocktails. Tickets for the Supper Club are limited to just 50 people and are £50 per person, including canapés & 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 a proportion of each ticket price will go towards a meal for someone in need.
Are you a budding food and drink entrepreneur? The Food Futures programme is a one-day programme of talks, discussions, mentoring and advice aimed at food and drink entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey, from embryonic ideas to established businesses. This will take place in the Town Hall and features a host of experienced industry professionals sharing their experience and knowledge, and providing opportunities for participants to discuss their own ideas and challenges. Hear from Launchpad Mentoring, University of Sheffield Enterprise, Sheffield Hallam Business School, Bhayani Law, the NMTF, SweetSpot Hospitality Consultancy, the School of Artisan Food, alongside local business owners who are really blazing a trail – Phrooti, Mak Tok, Pura Panela and DiversiTea. Register your interest for this FREE programme.
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