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Attracting well over 50,000 visitors to the city centre each year, Sheffield Food Festival has firmly established itself as one of the biggest and best attractions in the city. The latest Sheffield Guide video takes a look at this incredible event.
Welcome to Sheffield Food Festival
A celebration of Sheffield’s vibrant food scene, the Sheffield Food Festival showcases the city’s best local chefs, dishes, produce, talent and so much more.
Over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, the incredible Sheffield Food Festival takes place across Fargate, Orchard Square, Pinstone Street, the Peace Gardens and around the St. Pauls/Millennium Square/Winter Gardens area.
More than 100 traders descend into the city centre to create a unique, friendly community-like hub and marketplace - with street food, drinks, entertainment, demonstrations and much more. It is said that 89% of people travelling to the city centre do so for the incredible festival, which boosts the local economy by over a million pounds over the course of the weekend.
So, what can you expect to find on a visit to Sheffield Food Fest? As the name suggests - you’ll encounter a plethora of amazing food, from street food stalls to local restauranteurs showing off their grub. There’s something for everyone so if you like your pizzas and burgers there will always be something for you, whilst spicy food lovers will enjoy the ranges of world foods from Indian cuisine to traditional delicious Caribbean fare. Want to try something different? There is everything from tasty vegan and vegetarian treats to the likes of Canadian speciality Poutine, Street Food Chef’s famous Burritos and Pan-Asian dishes or Thai street food - plus loads, loads more. Put simply - the choice is almost overwhelming whilst the all-round quality is exceptional.
For those who fancy a drink, many of the city’s brewers and distillers are represented across several bars dotted around from the likes of Abbeydale Brewery, Bradfield Brewery, Kelham Island Brewery, True North Brew Co, Loxley Brewing, Locksley Distilling, Stancill Brewery and loads more.
There’s entertainment to be had too - the ‘Eats, Beats and Treats’ village area at the top of Fargate has an incredible line-up of local talent performing on stage across all four days - from some of the best singers and bands to amazing wordsmith poets and hip-hop artists to exceptional DJ’s mixing up your favourite tunes.
For those who want to learn about local producers, and sample some of the wonderful treats being made in the city, there’s the free Theatre Kitchen where chefs or makers from across Sheffield will show you how to cook some of their specialities or guide you through their processes and produce. Beyond the street food trucks you find numerous locally based Artisan traders selling everything from fresh Patisserie items to amazing cookbooks; superb take-home pies to incredible ranges of gins and beers. Like cheese or hot sauce? You’ve come to the right place with a number of vendors offering samples and produce to take home.
All that is literally just scratching the surface of this amazing annual weekend event, with Children’s events and family fun taking place plus many interesting talks and debates happening throughout… there’s even areas where you can connect with local community food hubs and arrange to have sustainable, affordable locally-sourced organic vegetables, fruit and other items regularly delivered to you.
Many brilliant - and growing - events take place across these city centre areas each year, such as the famous continental food markets to Sheffield-by-the-seaside to the impressive Christmas Markets - but Sheffield Food Festival does seem to be the biggest and best one of them all currently and is a must-visit for locals and travellers alike.
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