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Sheffield Food Festival : Food Glorious Food

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The ninth Sheffield Food Festival is taking place over the spring bank holiday weekend, 24-27 May, boasting a programme laden with superb street food and beers bountiful. The festival is a celebration of the city's flourishing food scene, showcasing great local produce and talented chefs. It is currently the city's largest free to attend event, putting on a spread across the Peace Gardens, Winter Garden, Millennium Square, Town Hall Square and Fargate, attracting over 50,000 visitors each year.

This year's Street Food Market promises to parade a banquet of wholesome treats from local companies, with the Eats, Treats & Beats Festival Village cherry-picking the best and brightest street food traders Sheffield has to offer. The festival will trade into the night, accompanied by a stretch tent, outdoor seating and bars packed to the rafters by local breweries. Live music will provide the perfect backdrop to your favourite tipple, keeping your senses satisfied and your feet frolicking.

New for 2019,  Sheffield Food Festival have squeezed an extra day into proceedings, with this year's programme starting on Friday 24 and stretching until Monday 27. Further focus has been implemented to extend the festival's footprint in Fargate, which will include local produce traders and traditional funfair rides for children. The festival programme leaves no man, woman or child behind, and offers an array of activities to keep little hands and minds occupied whilst families indulge in the best food and drink around.

The Artisan Market is one to look out for, featuring food producers and businesses from around Sheffield and further afield, bringing to the table a range of preserves, cakes, craft beers, gins and pies for you to take home and enjoy amidst homely comforts. At the heart of the festival lies Theatre Kitchen, featuring a cohort of chefs from across the city, who will show you how to reap the rewards from Sheffield's local produce.

On a final note, the festival is doing its bit to raise awareness for the more serious issues regarding food within society. Food poverty, managing food waste and the impact our choices have on the environment all feature during the Food For Thought programme, with talks and debates taking place over the weekend to explore these issues.

Tom Guest

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