Sheffield Food Festival 2018 programme announced

Find Get Wurst at the Eats, Treats & Beats Festival Village for all your bratwurst, currywurst and vegan wurst cravings
Find Get Wurst at the Eats, Treats & Beats Festival Village for all your bratwurst, currywurst and vegan wurst cravings

This year’s food festival lands in Sheffield over the late spring bank holiday and is bigger and better than ever. Now in its eighth year, find various food stalls dotted across the city centre from 10am until 6pm on Saturday 26, Sunday 27 and Monday 28 May.

Organisers Events Collective are excited for the new and improved food market to arrive:

“The market has been reshaped for 2018 and brought into the heart of the event. Our aim is to strengthen the link between our great local produce and the Theatre Kitchen, where talented chefs will show you how to get the most from it. 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 Market

As street food was so popular at last year’s event, organisers have extended the Street Food Market to 35 different vendors this time. Alongside festival favourites including Street Food Chef, Proove, Sunshine Pizza Oven and Caribbean Fusion, come newbies like Fizz & Fromage (think mac & cheese with a glass of prosecco), natural gelato makers Livvy’s Ice Cream, Meltworks grilled cheese sandwiches and halloumi fries, pan-Asian street food vendors Little Somboon Kitchen and quesadilla queens Dilla Deli, along with plenty of others.

Little Somboon Kitchen has you covered for pan-Asian street food
Little Somboon Kitchen has you covered for pan-Asian street food

Supper Club

Something else new for 2018 is the festival’s first ever Supper Club, as hosted by pizza pros Proove. You’ll find it showcasing a carefully tailored menu using its most popular ingredients, while also introducing a range of new dishes in the Theatre Kitchen marquee in the Peace Gardens. With a focus on street food in particular, Arancini, Angioletti, Crocché and Pizza Fritti are just a few dishes that can be found on the menu.

Each course will be paired with painstakingly matched alcoholic delights including fizz, gin and cocktails.

Tickets are limited to 50 people and are £50 per person, including canapés and a welcome drink, five courses with five paired drinks. Check out Proove’s social media channels for information on how to get your ticket or call them on 0114 294 5185. A portion of each ticket price will go towards Proove’s social enterprise partner Foodinate, which ensures a meal goes to someone in need.

Eats, Treats & Beats Festival Village

Back for more this year is also the Eats, Treats & Beats Festival Village on Fargate. The stretched tent bar stays open every evening and will be surrounded by some fab street food vendors, for that perfect ‘night market’ feel. Opening for an additional day this year (on Thursday 24 May just the bar will be open), the village will be open from 11am on Friday 25 May, and will feature some excellent local beers from Sentinel Brewing Co and Stancill Brewery, as well as Mr D’Arcy’s Drink Emporium -your destination for gin, prosecco and cocktails throughout the food festival.

Find Smoke BBQ, The Gravy Train, Get Wurst, Wah Wahs, Fro by Joy, Mama Tornado and Canny Coffees all ready to feed you right up until 11pm (6pm on Monday) across the weekend.

Catch Andy H on Fargate for Soul & Funk Sunday at the Eats, Treats & Beats Festival Village
Catch Andy H on Fargate for Soul & Funk Sunday at the Eats, Treats & Beats Festival Village

As always, the organisers have your ears and your bellies in mind, and this year they’ve teamed up with Plug, which has curated a programme of live music and DJs to soundtrack the bank holiday weekend. Highlights include indie DJs from its club night Propaganda, local singer-songwriters Just Alife, Sofia Vago, and Jayrar, as well as a funk and soul Sunday, with acts including Andy H and Matic Mouth.

Food Futures

On Saturday 26 May, a one-day programme of talks, discussions, mentoring and advice for food entrepreneurs at all stages will descend upon the Town Hall. Food Futures will see a host of experience industry professionals share their experiences, knowledge and advice on succeeding in the food and drink industry. You’ll also find the Innovators Market here, where local start-ups and microbusinesses will be showcasing their wares. Launchpad Mentoring, Sheffield Hallam and the NMTF will also be there to offer support and information for budding entrepreneurs as well as business buffs.

Food for Thought

“Food is not just about indulging ourselves with delicious treats, there are many more serious issues raised around food that also deserve to be considered as part of the biggest event in Sheffield’s food calendar; issues such as food poverty, managing food waste, the impact of our food choices on the environment and climate, sustainability and innovations in food.”

Food for Thought is a thought and action-provoking programme of short talks and workshops in the Winter Garden running 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.

Some of last year's Food for Thought action. Photo by Andrew Musgrave
Some of last year's Food for Thought action. Photo by Andrew Musgrave

There really will be so much going on at the Sheffield Food Festival that you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to have to eat. With the Fountain Bar also returning to the Peace Gardens, as well as a Tastings Table in Town Hall – not forgetting a new Pop Up Tea room in Orchard Square – you’ll be wanting to try everything edible this city can offer.

For lots more information on what’s going on over the weekend, head to the Sheffield Food Festival website, or pick up the Sheffield Food Festival Magazine for full details, trader listings, map and timings.

Don’t forget to use #sheffoodfest18 to tag your photos and tweets!