Sheffield Food Festival 2012
11 September 2012
Get those sweatpants ready and prepare your stomachs…
The end of summer comes with one consolation – autumn is the season for serious gastronomy. With the Sheffield Food Festival 2012 starting this weekend, Friday 14 – 16th September we better get those forks sharpened quick!
As great as they are, there’s a lot more to Sheffield food than meat pies, Henderson’s Relish and fish and chips. Our city is home to an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, beautiful breads and home-reared meats; and with the addition of enthusiastic chefs the city’s food scene is growing a vibrant reputation. To me, food & drink festivals are a wonderful way to gather small communities together and to learn about what, as a community, our food choices. Food festivals on a large scale can sometimes get over-commercialised and be wrapped up in sponsorship but we must realise that they’re also great for encouraging visitors to explore our city’s food scene; widening the food market to people who currently may not be aware of the food on their door step and to meet talented producers. This (in time) helps to build on the confidence of our small producers – (leading to) willingness to come out more often to show their food goodies off and thus growing their local enterprise.
Delicious food inspired T-shirts fresh out of the Takeaway
Building up to the Sheffield Food Festival, I have been working on some very exciting features with my Sheffield foodie friends and collaborator PJ taste and Endcliffe Park Independent Cafe (EPIC) – and I’m very excited to announce that we have exclusive Sheffield Egg and EPIC T-shirts especially designed and hand screen printed for this weekend’s event. So make sure you pop over to the Sheffield Egg food stall on Fargate and EPIC’s located in the Peace Garden to grab yourself a “special” treat worth coming out for. We won’t let the weather threatened to ruin our festivities – so please do make sure you stop by and say hello.
The food festival’s features will include everything from a deliciously interesting food and drink market running the length of Fargate showcasing local produce, chocolate workshops and even a teddy bears’ picnic for the kids with street entertainment to keep us amused between shopping and sampling. Stay tuned for more fun and games from us as my EPIC Adventure continues!
One thing’s for sure, our Sheffield’s Food Festival will certainly inspire us to dust off our kitchen equipment and get cooking!