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Ros Ayres

Food is a topic which is on my mind most of the time from what I’ve eaten to what I’ll be eating. I enjoy home-cooking and getting creative in the kitchen, cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. Some of the best dishes can come from using a few well matched ingredients.

I love being the Food Editor for Now Then magazine as I’m passionate about sharing food stories, championing local producers, makers and the great places to enjoy in Sheffield for food and drink.

Food is ingrained into all of our lives to a lesser or greater extent, as we all have to eat. It’s important that we enjoy our food (and drink) whether that’s eating well, using our local greengrocers, trying a new Sheffield ale or cooking with family and friends.

You can find more of my writing on my blog and I write poetry, some of which I share on my website.

Meet the Maker: Cocoa Wonderland

At Cocoa Wonderland on Ecclesall Road, we’re makers of chocolate but - most importantly - we want to make people happy.

Embracing comfort food

It’s time to get back to the roots of seasonal eating and find the joy in cooking something new, says our resident food writer Ros Ayres.

Festive feasting

Get inspired with festive food suggestions and seasonal cooking tips from a small selection of Sheffield’s finest independents: Zed's Wholefoods, Beer Central and Regather.

Feed your fermentation needs at Pickle Fest

Social Pickle is bringing the ultimate pickle festival to Foodhall on Saturday 27 November – and we're told the competition winners will get "novelty prizes and the adoration of millions of tiny bacteria"...

Filling our city with fruit, one tree at a time

Sheffield Fruit Trees are helping to bring an abundance of local fruit to the city. They told us more about what motivates the project, their Sheffield-specific varieties and their plans for a tree 'library' in Moss Valley.

Our Sheffield Vegan Picks

Whether you’re a full-time vegan or actively choosing to eat less meat, Sheffield’s got plenty of great places to try.

Regather in the Community

Lucy from Sheffield co-op Regather tells us about their local food projects, upcoming community events and how a local approach to growing can make a positive difference.

“A wall of shelves”: Craft beers at The Bear

In celebration of the many new independent traders opening up across Sheffield, we asked ale aficionado Matt to tell us more about The Bear beer shop and his recommended beers.

Wake up and smell the coffee

Jordan from Whaletown Coffee and Matt from the soon-to-open Corner Store tell us about their passion for coffee, including tips for home preparation, where to get the best beans – and the greatest local independents.

Life on the Regather Farm

With the roaring success of its veg box, in particular since the pandemic began, we spoke to Doug Kemp from Regather to learn more about how they approach growing and why buying local produce is so important.