ShefFood Village at Sheffield Food Festival 2019
Winter Garden – Millennium Square – Sheffield – S1 2JJ

Join Sheffield’s food-for-purpose organisations in the Winter Garden and Millenium Square In Sheffield, there are a huge range of organisations that promote growing vegetables, learning how to cook and how to deal with food waste. In this year’s ShefFood Village, we’ll be sharing food, drink and conversation together, getting stuck in with hands-on activities and chatting with people to learn how we can all work together to make the food system in Sheffield better for everyone.

One of the co-hosts of the ShefFood Village this year is Regather, known locally as a community food hub in Sharrow. Regather was founded in 2010 with the mission of helping local communities eat better food. For Regather, ‘better’ means healthy, sustainable, affordable and – wherever possible – seasonal and locally-produced.

Regather’s vision is to empower the city to become more resilient by encouraging co-operative involvement in the Sheffield food system. “We want money retained in the local economy, land to be more productive, food to be better quality, health improved and people to have better awareness of and involvement with how the food system, from local to global, can be changed for the better,” says co-founder Gareth Roberts.

Regather currently operates a wide range of trading activities including a fruit and veg box scheme, a 15 acre market garden and agroforestry development, a microbrewery producing craft beer and seasonal cider and an events venue and bar called Regather Works.

Food Explorers Trail – Sat – Mon | 11-6pm

Have fun exploring the Sheffield Food Festival with the ShefFood Explorers Trail. Follow the trail, answer the questions and get your reward! Learn fun food facts about how your food system works. Pick up the trail leaflet from Regather in the ShefFood Village. Suitable for all ages.

Food For Thought ‘Table Talks’ – Sat – Mon | 12-4pm

Curious about food and how we feed ourselves? Passionate about better food for everyone? Look out for the ‘ShefFood’ t-shirts and the ‘Table Talks’ signs and join us to share food, drink and conversation together and learn how we can all work together to make the food system in Sheffield better for everyone.

Mr & Mrs VegHead – Sat – Mon | 12-2pm

A Sheffield Food Festival twist to everyone’s favourite Mr Potato Head, everything you need to make a crazy fruit and veg head will be provided. There will be fruit and veg head selfies to share on social media, and a competition for the best head! Suitable for all ages.

No Junk Fruit Juicing – Sat | 2-4pm

Kids love drinking fruit juice, but do they know how easy it is to make? Kids can get hands on as they learn about the simple process of making (and drinking!) fruit juice. Fresh fruit, leftover fruit or any fruit that would otherwise go to waste will be available to use, so it’s a great opportunity to learn about reducing food waste too.

Keeping Chickens At Home – Sun | 2-4pm

Keeping chickens is a great way to combine education and a child’s inherent love of animals, plus the family gets to eat fresh, tasty eggs! There will be a small flock of hens to watch and feed, and people who are passionate about chickens to talk with.

Kids Seed Sowing – Mon | 2-4pm

Once they’ve grown their own veg, kids are much more likely to eat them and they’ll have learned a little bit about where food comes from. Kids can decorate their own pot and plant some veggie seeds to take home. Even if you don’t have a garden you can grow your own delicious vegetables in a window box or on a balcony, it’s easy!

Disco Soup – Sat – Mon | 4-6pm

Join the party as we collect, chop, and cook leftover food or any food that would otherwise go to waste. The music will be pumping, everyone will be dancing and we’ll all enjoy delicious soup!

What is ShefFood?

ShefFood is the food partnership for Sheffield. We are a cross-sector partnership of local public agencies, businesses, academic and community organisations committed to working together to create a more sustainable food system for Sheffield.

Why Sustainable Food?

Across the UK, cities have recognised the key role food can play in dealing with some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges and are taking a joined-up approach to transforming their food culture and food system. From obesity and diet-related ill-health to food poverty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to declining prosperity and social dislocation, food is not only at the heart of some of our greatest problems but is also a vital part of the solution.

What Does ShefFood Do?

We are working towards a Sustainable Food Cities Award for Sheffield by taking action across six key areas. These are:

  1. Promoting healthy and sustainable food to the public
  2. Tackling food poverty, diet-related ill health and access to affordable healthy food
  3. Building community food knowledge, skills, resources and projects
  4. Promoting a vibrant and diverse sustainable food economy
  5. Transforming catering and food procurement
  6. Reducing waste and the ecological footprint of the food system

The ShefFood Village is proudly co-presented by …

Returning for 2019 and taking place from 19 April and 5 June, the festival features over 70 events of all shapes and sizes in collaboration with over 40 partner organisations across the city. Food is at the heart of the ‘Our Planet’ strand, which is sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather. Check out our ‘food for thought’ highlights during, and in the run up to, the weekend of Sheffield Food Festival.

Sermon of the Soil:
Soil degradation and the unfolding global disaster
Friday 24 May 2019 | 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Professor Duncan Cameron, co-director of the Institute of Sustainable Food, talks about his research into soil degradation across the globe, one of the greatest threats to agriculture. Prof. Cameron looks at the past and present issues, and what we can do to develop sustainable agriculture to feed the world’s population.

Where does Tinsley get its food from?
Tuesday 21 May 2019 | 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tingas, Sheffield

With a range of new food-related projects emerging in Tinsley, from hydroponics to community allotments, all amidst food security and food waste pressures, how can Tinsley respond to this challenge and what community actions could be possible? An open space discussion involving community groups, academics and activists from the area.

The connections between food and climate change
Thursday 9 May 2019 | 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Scout Hut, Sheffield

Our food supply and consumption is both a cause of and a solution to climate change. Join us for an evening hosted by Green City Action in partnership with the Sheffield Climate Alliance Food Group. Our presentation will help spark conversation exploring what we can do at a local level.

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Working to reduce food waste and show
what can be done with it in the right hands.

Taking fair and effective action
to tackle climate change.

Helping Sheffield communities
eat better food.

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