Rotherham’s Food and Drink Show

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This May, get together with your foodie friends and family as Rotherham dishes up its first food and drink show on 20th and 21st May.

Bringing together tastes of the world from suppliers across the country, the free event showcases a pot of passionate producers and home-grown cooks plus culinary demonstrations by professional chefs.

Sizzling sounds and scrumptious smells will be wafting through the town centre with stalls starting at the Minster Gardens and weaving their way through to Effingham Street.

With many stalls to digest, take a bite of the delicacies on offer with everything from local produce to food from afar.

For those eager to try something new, the street food stalls will be brimming with gastronomic delights with everything from Yorkshire pies and hog roasts to 100 percent British beef burgers and proper hot dogs. There’s even a fish and chip van.

Spice up your experience and savour the seasonings of other cultures with everything from Indian to Thai food. Transport yourself to the Caribbean with authentic saltfish, patties and mutton; enjoy empanadas from Mexico with smokey pozole soup and zesty flatuas tortillas; or say yamas to the Greeks with their traditional gyros, koftas and soulvaki fresh from the grill.

If your sweet tooth strikes then you’re in for a treat as the Rotherham Food and Drink Show will play host to a spectacular array of confectionery stalls for you to dip into.

From churros to crepes, fudge to brownies; grab an ice cream or a snow cone for spot of pure indulgence. There’s also a homemade tarts stall with buttery pastry and mouthwatering fillings such as coconut and caramel, cherry bakewell, and liquorice and blackcurrant.

Speaking of sweets, why not raise a glass to all things vodka with shots inspired by sweetshop favourites like cola cubes, refreshers and blackjacks and fruit salads.

Also on offer are German wines, toffee vodkas and gin liqueurs flavoured with elderflower, plum and pear, and rhubarb and rose. Plus, be sure to also stop off at PollyAnna the VW campervan cocktail bar for a minty moijito or a glass of fizz.

While the stalls are whetting your appetite, why not stock up on goodies to take back home with a choice of varying vittles. With cheese and pickles, cured meats and game, ketchup on your condiments to make your home-dining superb.

For a taste of the extraordinary, there’s also Yorkshire balsamic vinegars with remarkable flavours such as cherry and raspberry for gamey meats like lamb or duck, to rhubarb and ginger to add to your stir fries.

To give your cooking the uppercrust, take some inspiration from the range of exceptional demonstrations showcasing both the art and simplicity of cooking in the kitchen theatre across the weekend.

Kitchen theatre host Steph Moon, a consultant chef for Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate, along with other chefs, will be whipping up a storm in the 80-seater outdoor theatre in All Saints’ Square with 45 minute demos every hour, on the hour.

Join the likes of AA rosette and Michelin chef Matthew Benson Smith as he brings a twist to Yorkshire flavours inspired by the product and talent development at his West Yorkshire Chef’s Academy.

Sue Nelson, Yorkshire’s Food Hero 2016, looks at the best local produce our county has to offer having started up the Yorkshire Food Finder.

The Ministry of Food’s Dawn Rowley and Simon Chappelow will be focusing on unusual international dishes and interesting flavours with tips for beating the budget and bulge.

Students from Rotherham College’s Wharncliffe Restaurant and Dearne Valley College’s Griffin Grill will also be looking at international dishes and showcasing their skills learned on their culinary courses.

Andrew Roddinson from Whistle Stop Sweet Shop in the town will be making his way down the hill, while ten-year-old budding chef and food vlogger Isabel Lambert will also be cooking up a storm in the theatre.

Plus, chefs Mark Allen and Sam Kean, from social landlord and the main sponsor Target Housing, will be going head to head.

From vendors to tasters, stall holders to chefs, the weekend promises to be a recipe for success and a special treat for Rotherham.

 To find out more about the Rotherham Food and Drink Show, visit their website

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