“The Sheffield Food Festival was treated to the full range of Bank Holiday weather – pouring rain followed by blue skies.
Independent traders carried on regardless as food, drink and music filled Town Hall Square, the Peace Gardens and The Moor.”
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The rain poured down this weekend but it did not stop hundreds of people enjoying the variety of locally sourced food and drinks available at this year’s annual Sheffield food festival.
There were flavours available from around the world but local restaurants and shops providing local produce dominated the market. Whirlow Hall Farm had a hog roast stall providing hot roast pork sandwiches, served with a variety of organic salsas and slaws.
Rose Heggie, 24, from Whirlow Hall Farm in Whirlow, was in charge of the farms stall which featured meat reared at the farm. "I think it’s important for people to get local produce, to know exactly where it’s come from and to know who’s done what to it."
Twenty-year-old, Nina Burnham of Whirlow said she tries to support local traders as much as possible.
"I'm from Whirlow myself so it's great to see the farm and its produce being received so well by people, hopefully the farm shop will get some more customers from it."
The Milestone of Kelham Island also had a stall at the festival serving produce grown by themselves in their own urban garden. Passersby were invited to sample some of their home grown radishes, sunflower shoots and seaweed as well as other tasty bites.
General Manager of the gastro pub, 27-year-old, Matthew Tilley said they are hoping to become 70 percent sustainable by next year.
"It's great to be able to say we know exactly where are ingredients have come from."
The Sheffield annual food festival delivered another year of delicious food and drink. Tideswell School of Food were there promoting their cooking classes which aim to get people back in touch with where food comes from.
Based in the village of Tideswell in the Peak District, the Tideswell School of Food is just a stones throw away from Sheffield. Suzanne Elvidge who was manning the stall for the non-for-profit organisation throughout the weekend said that they aim to encourage a grow, cook and eat attitude.
"We've got a kitchen garden to show people how to grow their own food. "We teach people right from scratch, from beginners to improving on skills they already have."
The school was set up three years ago and was grown from lottery funding. All profits from the classes are put straight back into the social enterprise.
Suzanne said the school also aims to teach people the value of food.
"If you understand where food comes from you value it more; it becomes a more precious thing, it's not something to be just thrown away."
The Tideswell school of food can be contacted on 01298 871262.
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