Slowdown Sunday….what's on the menu?

As you know at Doncopolitan we love food. We’re always celebrating Doncaster’s hidden food cultures and want Doncaster to become nationally known as a food loving place to live. It’s only one week till the launch of Doncaster’s newest food and drinks festival, Delicious Doncaster, here’s a taster of what’s going on…
There will be over 50 food and drinks stalls.
Street food and artisan producers from across Yorkshire will be out in force in the High Street and St Sepulchre Gate areas leading down towards our award winning Marketplace and Corn Exchange.
The Teenage Market 
Doncaster is excited to be holding its first Teenage Market on Saturday 13 May. This event will run from 10am-4pm and will welcome young people aged 13-25 to get involved and showcase their talents and entrepreneurial spirit.
The Lift – outdoor spectacular.
The Lift is a roving theatrical experience that envelops its audience,  giving them a surreal experience that they won’t forget. An elegant elevator (on wheels) arrives accompanied by three bellhops. The audience are invited to step inside and choose a moment by selecting one of nine different floor buttons. Each button triggers a particular scene or event which is performed for both the audience member in The Lift and those on the outside looking in.
If you want to catch “The Lift” make sure you catch it at the following times.
10:30am, 12:30pm and 14:30 on Saturday and Sunday.
Slowdown Sunday Stalls and Activities 
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For the full Slowdown Sunday experience head straight to the Corn Exchange and Marketplace at 11am sharp. Where you’ll meet….

Bay Tree Bakery – your friendly artisan baker Mark, who bakes outstanding sour dough from his home in Town Moor.

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Dreambakes – Gourmet baking at it’s finest from Hannah and her mum baked fresh from their home in Cantley, including recipes such as G&T cup cakes.  

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Sciculuna’s Smoothes Demo – if you’re a foodie in Doncaster then Sciculuna’s will be one of your favourite haunts. Catch – Josie in the morning making super food breakfast smoothies with ingredients you can buy from the Deli. 


Labour of Love – local artist Hilary Cartmel will be showing off her popular jams and chutney’s grown from her own garden produce. 

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The Jam Horse fantastic range of chutney’s and Jam’s the Horse Sauce is Doncaster’s very own signature ketchup. It needs to be in every restaurant in the borough!

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Bagladybird –  very talented Alison will be hosting an apron making demo, find-out how easy it is to make a simple apron from materials purchased from Doncaster Market.  

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Bentley Urban Farm – make seeds bombs, learn about Doncaster’s new organic veggie box scheme. Taste farmer John’s local produce.

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Real Junk Food Project (pop-upcafe)  find-out about this brilliant national project that saves tons for food from going to the landfill everyday. We have our very own Junk Food Project in Doncaster on Scott Lane, volunteers will be running a pop-up cafe serving tea, coffee and a food waste quiz with prizes!


Urban Worms – Doncopolitan HQ was this first Doncaster business join the worm revolution. You can speak with Anna on the day and learn more about worm compositing, Anna will also be hosting a Worm Casting Workshop at Bentley Urban Farm later in the year. You can sign up to this on the day.

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Craftivism  with Abi Neilson  – learn to sew and find out about artists that are using traditional crafts to inspire change.

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Slowfashion (with  Rachel Horne  Debbie Pulleybank) – we’re celebrating local designers and the slowfashion movement.

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Karl Scotts Up-cycling Workshop – Karl is known locally as a DIY musician, he’ll be running a cycling workshop showing you can transform a juice carton into a nifty purse. 

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Shane Peagram Up-cycled Photography Workshop – using up-cycled materials and natural light Shane will be demonstrating how to make portraits and food photography look award winning. 

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Cosmic Yurt – join the Pixies for a drumming workshop learn about living small in their hand built yurt.

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Small Living Lorry – take a guided tour to the small living lorry and enjoy a cup of herbal tea with local holistic therapist Vanessa Myatt. 

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Live Food Demos 

Jean-Christophe Novelli is a multi Michelin Star winning chef. He has been voted “the nations favourite French chef” and his own Novelli Academy has been voted one of the Top 25 Cooking Academies in the World.  He will be using a selection of fantastic local produce available at Doncaster Market to show how to create some mouth-watering dishes.
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Michael Price  (Gourmet Kitchen) is Doncaster’s favourite food legend, we’re so excited  he will be demonstrating recipes from his weekly super club, that sells-out 6 months in advance. 

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Live Music Finale – Outdoor stage in the Marketplace from 5.30pm -9pm.

Brad Dear – is singer-songwriter from Nottingham. He has taken his folk / rock music to festivals including Dot to Dot, Tramlines and Splendour. In March 2017 he released his debut E.P titled ‘The Only Road I Know’.

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River Roots –  are internationally touring acoustic singer-songwriters from the Leeds. Their sound is described as ‘a vibrant mixture of roots and alternative acoustic, with hints of folk and reggae beats, bringing diverse sounds and a playful uplifting vibe to Slowdown Sunday.

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Smiling Ivy -A Sheffield band described by Now Then magazine as “a faultless marriage of 2 Tone and third wave ska punk.” If that’s not high enough praise then here’s what BBC Introducing Sheffield had to say: “Love it, love it, love it, love it.”

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What else is cooking! 

We’re working closely with our friends at Masons Arms, Room Rums, Gin Rooms, Marketplace Deli and the Queens, we’ll keep you up to date with what’s happening in the local venues too.

Just remember Doncolites….

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 If you’d like to take part or volunteer at Slowdown Sunday please email


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