Sheffield Food Festival 2018 set to be the most delicious yet!

Sheffield Food Festival 2018 set to be the most delicious yet!

06 May 2018

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 10am - 6pm on Saturday 26, Sunday 27 and Monday 28 May.

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.  The Artisan Market now spreads from the Peace Gardens, along Town Hall Square and onto Fargate, with over 50 wonderful stalls for you to browse and shop. Find out about organic veg boxes from Riverford Organic Farmers, Sheffield made chilli sauces from Khoo’s Hot Sauce, loose leaf and cold brew teas from Birdhouse and DiversiTea, delicious jams and chutneys from Ashgate Preserves, unbeatable cronuts and cruffins from 4eyes Patisserie, spectacular olive selections from Suzannah’s Greek Deli and many, many more.

 Street food was so popular at last year’s event that many of the 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, there will be 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  the festival's favourite chefs returning to share more secrets of the trade and showcase great local produce. 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.

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 a 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 soft opening on Thurs 24th (bar only) and everything in full swing from 11am on Friday 25th May. This year the festival is 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).

While Sheffield music venue, Plug have once again curated a fantastic programme of live music and DJs to feed your ears as well as your bellies. Highlights include DJs from the internationally successful Propaganda indie club night on Friday 25th May; a smorgasbord of wonderful local singer songwriters - Just Alfie, Sofia Vago, Jayrar to name a few - hosted by Plug Live on Saturday 26th May; another soul and funk Sunday with Andy H, Matic Mouth and guests on 27th May; wrapping up with more from Plug Live on Monday 28th.

Orchard Square will tuen into a Pop Up Tea Room for the weekend with great cakes and bakes, outdoor seating and table service from the local retailers so you can simply relax and enjoy your cuppa along with some delicious, locally made, indulgent treats from companies like Bakes by Butter, Era's Chocolate and Ridiculously Rich by Alana. On Saturday, local street artist Faunagraphic will be designing a foodie colouring wall for festival goers to unleash their creativity, and there will be some musical treats popping up from time to time to entertain the tea and cake loving audience.

The ever popular Fountain Bar returns to the Peace Gardens, offering a selection of the city’s most popular ales from an enviable range of  local 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!

It’s essential to keep those little ones entertained so that you can enjoy a day of total food indulgence, that’s why Sheffield Food Festival provides lots of Family Fun kids activities throughout the weekend, with plenty to keep little hands and minds occupied. Come and have your photo taken on the Whirlow Hall Farm tractor, find out more about the bee hive or get involved with craft activities taking place on Millennium Square. From 11am - 3pm each day, there are some great hands-on activities taking place in the Winter Garden.

Also new for 2018, the Food Futures programme 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. Alongside this will be the Innovators Market, with local start ups and microbusinesses showcasing their wares, and organisations such as Launchpad Mentoring, Sheffield Hallam and the NMTF providing information about the support on offer for entrepreneurs and businesses at all stages.

Bullion Chocolate will be hosting The Tastings Table, giving an introduction to the world of craft chocolate, taking you through the amazing journey a cacao bean takes to become a finished bar. Tastings take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, in the Town Hall on Saturday 26th May with limited places available.

Food for Thought will also be an action-provoking programme of short talks and workshops in the Winter Garden from 4pm - 6pm on each day to explore the issues, challenges and opportunities to improve the health, equality, economy and sustainability of all things food and drink in Sheffield. This event forms part of the Festival of Debate strand on the theme of Science & Environment and is co-ordinated by Regather Trading Co-op.”

Visit the Sheffield Food Festival website or pick up the Sheffield Food Festival Magazine for full details, trader listings, map and timings.