25 Jan
The Lunar Chinese New Year Festival comes to Sheffield

This year Sheffield BID is helping to bring a new festival into the city centre to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.

On Saturday, 10 and Sunday 11, February over 30 stalls will take over the Peace Gardens, with amazing cuisine, art and more.

There will be a variety of local food outlets including Let’s Sushi, China Red, Zurul Malaysian Cafe and Ages Ago Bar & BBQ. 

Bubble waffles, bubble tea, crepes and other sweet treats will also be on offer. 

You'll find the Fancy Filly Bar in the Peace Gardens and various traders from Chinese supermarkets to cultural giftware. 

There'll be children’s rides plus arts and crafts with The Confucius Institute from Sheffield Hallam University - you'll find them in the pagodas on Pinstone Street.

The main entertainment is planned for Sunday 11 February, starting at 12.30pm with the Lord Mayor in Town Hall Square, followed by the Parade.

A full line up of entertainment in the Peace Gardens includes a Dragon Dance and stage show performances such as Panda Paradise Acrobatic fun, the Whirling Diabolo Extravaganza and many cultural performances.

The display is part of a wider Sheffield celebration welcoming the Year of the Dragon, which includes a celebration evening at the University of Sheffield’s Octagon Centre, and a fundraising banquet for the Sheffield Children's Hospital at local restaurant China Red.

The festival is spearheaded by Jerry Cheung at New Era Development Ltd, and assisted by Kelvin Quick of China Red, among others, and brings Eastern culture to the heart of Sheffield with food, music and dragon dancing.

Diane Jarvis, Head of Business Operations at Sheffield BID said: “We’re delighted to contribute to this festival with a programme of vibrant cultural activities in the Peace Garden. Extending the festival's original format to attract thousands of visitors to the city centre is a fantastic boost to the city’s major events calendar. We have a great opportunity to build on this event over the coming years. Lunar Chinese New Year celebrations are legendary in other cities and Sheffield has the same ambition.”

Photo credit: Tim Dennell