Celebrating Chinese New Year at Sheffield Street City Food Market avec Music

Sheffield street city food market is located,  opposite the Co-op which is behind Bistro Pierre / opposite Napoleons.


Previously there has been an event for Halloween and one for Christmas. I went last night: the day before the official Chinese New Year starts. It continues tonight (28th January 2017). The yard and warehouse the event is hosted in, was decorated with pretty lanterns.

Happy Chinese Year of the Rooster

There were three stalls selling Chinese food. I shared 4 duck pancakes for £5. Then from the same stall (with the purple Skipton awning) I had beef and black bean with egg fried rice for £6. There was one stall selling Malaysian curry, appropriate as Malaysia also celebrates Chinese new year. There was also a stalls selling stone baked pizza, mexican, burgers and churros with chocolate for something sweet.


Inside the warehouse there was a bar with a range of beer, wine and spirits. Calling draft was £3.50 but, I upgraded to Bierre Moretto for £4.50. My round also included Black Sheep for £4. Inevitably both were served in plastic glasses. There was also craft beers on the menu which presumably would have come in a bottle at £5.50.

Additionally there was a stall to buy mulled wine.


There was also a prosecco bar. Most people seemed to opt for a bottle which was £18 and came with plastic prosecco flutes, rather than by the glass. Revellers could be seen dancing with prosecco bottles.

There was a female  performer who I saw in two outfits performing aerial acrobatics accompanied by a dj and a saxophonists. prior to that Doncaster band with a female singer sang. There was also a photobooth hosted by city taxis where you get photos printed for free as long as you were happy being part of a postcard advertising city taxis – your photos can be cut out from it!



I left about 10pm, when it was starting to become a little chilly in the warehouse , sitting down. I probably needed to dance to warm up albeit in coat and gloves and if I, had of had one a bobble hat! The dancing had been started off by the younger generation (under 10s) but, from about 9pm adults were beginning to join in.


I will definitely keep my eyes open for future events. Ideally it would be good to go on a summers night when my myself and my dancing partner would be able to wear our gladrags and she would have the flexibility of bringing her little one as it was child friendly.

Sheffield Elephants vs Hull moths

Points for Sheffield

  1. Bigger scale and more 3D than moths so more area for design.
  2. As 3D and at ground level could engage with them more; stroke them, or give them a pat on the way past or children could crawl between their legs, of course it was strictly forbidden to sit on them but think there is a few people with pictures of themselves or their children sitting on them. Could even look through the bely of the Steel Elephant.
  3. Better app because recognized in locations without having to scan QR code.
  4. Better signs next to elephants which gave information about design and designers unlike minimal signs next to the moths (apart from the moth at Sheffield university that had a full board next to it).
  5. Moths had little variation on theme yes, more constrained brief but surprised not to see more about insect moths for example how a caterpillar turns into a moth.
  6. Bigger variety of locations. All moths were hung on walls insdie or outside buildings. Whereas elephants were in a walled garden, in a winter garden and in farms and more.
  7. There was a mini herd of elephants whereas no mini moths.
  8. Elephants signed by snooker players and members of Arctic Monkeys.

The mini Elephant Herd

Top 5 Large Elephants (Children’s Hospital Trail Sheffield 2016)

Top 5 Large Elephants (Children’s Hospital Trail Sheffield 2016)

Points for Hull

  1. They had a glow in the dark moth; Fly me to the moon.
  2. They had a moth covered in swavorski crystals.
  3.  The moths went national extending as far away as London and Kent.

Tips for viewing Amy Johnson’s moths

Butterfly net out; to catch Amy Johnson Inspired Moths

Result

Completely unbiased Sheffield win 8-3.

Hello again, to Arctic Monkey elephant🐘 in his new home in the Winter gardens.

The arctic monkey elephant now lives in the foliage in the winter gardens.

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The botanical gardens offers a natural setting for the elephants, it was very effective to see the mini herd peeking out between the foilage.

A list to be grown as to why Sheffield is city of culture.

After being shortlisted for city of culture for 2013 which made the council aware of the finicial burdens of hosting such an event then Sheffield will not be bidding for city of culture in 2021. The benefits of being a city of culture for a year; have not yet been realised. Sheffield may not be a city tourists think to visit but it does have lots of culture to offer. I have a couple of German colleagues who even after working in Sheffield for 9 months and a year respectively, Still loved it enough to return for trips. Perhaps as Sheffield is so close to Hull, it is unlikely even if bided for 2021 city of culture to win.

I can keep adding to this list but these are the cultural assets I can think of. What have I missed?

  • The elephants prove we can host big, city wide art events. With varied places to display large scale arts from city centre locations like Winter Gardens, Peace Square to spaces further out of the city; Endcliffe park, Graves Park, Hillsborugh walled garden.

The mini Elephant Herd

Top 5 Large Elephants (Children’s Hospital Trail Sheffield 2016)

I saw all the big and mini Sheffield elephants; but where are they now????

Theatres

  • Lyceum theatre shows everything from panto to ballet.
  • The crucible has seating around the stage as well as being home to championship snooker host plays, musicals and talks. The Nap in 2016 about the snooker was one of the highlights of 2016.

Top theatrical performances 2015 and 2016

  • The studio within crucible is an intimate space for performances which I have seen configured many different ways.
  • The Deli theatre which was formally Woolworths is a massive space. I have seen Pic and Mix down in the Woolworths basement and The Great Gatesby immersive theatre.

Great Gatesby:Incredible Immersive Theatre (Deli Moor Theatre Sheffield)

  • Montgomery theatre
  • Universty drama studio theatre.
  • Lantern theatre; a small quirky Victorian theatre in Netheredge who offer similar quirky offerings

Music

  • Tramlines which features multiple music venues throughout the city; many free.
  • In 2016 cliffhanger included a music stage on Devonshire green.
  • Outline festival
  • Jazz at the Lyceum monthly
  • Music stage at Heeley festival where you get the authentic festival experience of sitting on the grass.
  • Carol singing at various pubs November and December. Featuring Sheffield’s traditional carols that are not known outside Sheffield.
  • Chorus and semi chorus concerts. Next Chorus concert at the city hall featuring the community choir of over 200 is on 2nd April 2017 and features songs from films.
  • Once a month a folk train leaves Sheffield station to travel to Edale. On one of these nights we spotted Sheffield born Jarvis Cocker in the beer garden. Music is also played on the train.

Cinemas

  • Showroom shows some main steam films and some quirkier films.
  • Curzon never been as seems expensive but shows some less mainstream films like showroom.
  • Many are not keen with Odeon, it is not grand but I have found it adequate to watch films in.
  • Centertainment, large multplex which shows all the blockbusters and some Bollywood films.

Visual Art

  • The winter gardens is a great venue where local art groups sometimes show their pictures, mobiles can be hung from the ceiling and sculptures placed within the foliage; for example the Arctic Monkey elephant now lives here and some of the mini elephant herd lived here during summer 2016.

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Hello again, to Arctic Monkey elephant🐘 in his new home in the Winter gardens.

  • Annual art in the garden in botanical gardens.
  • Graves art gallery.
  • This painting is in the O2 shop in Fargate.

Films filmed in Sheffield

  • Full monty which has later been converted to a stage play. Go to Cocoa for a full monty hot chocolate.
  • 4 lions.

Other

  • Off the shelf literature festival.
  • Mosque
  • Night food markets with music: Peddlers Market and Street City.

Celebrating Chinese New Year at Sheffield Street City Food Market avec Music

To be continued ….

The best hot chocolate in Sheffield.

The  best hot chocolate is served in Cocoa Choclate shop on Ecclesall road.  Well  the type I like best anyway! Which is being very near to melted chocolate. The best ever example being in a hotel that I can not specifically recall in Spain. That hot chocolate was so thick a skin started forming on it. For some this type of hot choclate would be too rich, but it is what I like!

My favourite hot chocolate at Cocoa  is the black Forrest which includes two strongly brandied cherries 🍒 which sink to the bottom of the pretty tea cup. I also like the full monty without the nuts. Or best of both worlds; full monty with no nuts and addition of the bandied cherries. I was also impressed by the Snowball hot choclate (a coconut concoction) that I sampled before Christmas; very festive.

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2016: top 5 sport smile prompts ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️🏆🚗

Starting with what still makes me smile most.

1. Seeing Scunthorpe score 6 on Easter Monday and concede none which was more than the rest of league 1, put together scored that afternoon. So grateful to see that after not expecting to, having started the day in Berlin. But thanks to a shortcut by EasyJet piolet and speeding through passport control, I was there!

2. Rosberg winning championship.
3. Supporting Belgium 🇧🇪 in Euros.
4. Leicester winning premier league – after so few teams have achieved that.
5. Beating Sheffield United on the last day of a season, due to other results, not going our way it was not enough to go into play offs but at least we did our part and had a exciting rollercoaster afternoon. It was a match had been looking forward to, for a longtime as it wa my nephew’s first away match. But it was only a week before we suddenly had chance of a play off position after taking the whole season to crawl that far up the table from the relegation zone at the beginning of the season.  The potintial of a trip to Wembley meant we were joined by 3000 Scunthorpe fans at Bramall lane, creating a fantastic atmosphere. The first cheering was for  Wigan’s goal in the first 5 minutes that put us in 6th place (final playoff position). Barnsley equalizer sending us back to 7th. Then cheering our first goal, which put us back in 6th. Then Barnsley scoring twice more. Then our second goal meaning we had another 3 to score or Wignan needed to score 2 to get us back to 6th.. Then Barnsley fourth goal which sealed us in 7th place.

Top theatrical performances 2015 and 2016

My rankings of theatre performances

2016 top 3 theatre performances:

In 3rd place: Relatively Speaking: hilarious!
In 2nd place: The Nap: Easily capturing the atmosphere of Sheffield theatre as performed at the Crucible.

In 1st place: Great Gatesby. Meaning the deli theatre moves up from honourable mention last year!

Top 3 theatrical performance of 2015 (in no particular order): Blasted (Sarah Kane), Curious Incident of Dog in nighttime and The Effect. Honourable mention to Woolworth’s pick of mix …spending evening in old Sheffield Woolworth’s reminiscing about all Woolworth’s of my youth, winning pass the parcel and reading an e-mail to the rest of the audience and going home with pick and mix 🙂