Leeds is set to welcome a mouthwatering month of food and drink events in May, as the city takes on the challenge to become the UK’s capital of casual dining, craft beer and more besides.
Independent businesses are at the centre of Leeds’ foodie revolution, and the brand new Leeds Indie Food Festival will be celebrating their achievements from May 7-24.
More than 100 businesses have now signed up to #LIF15, and the festival will play host to almost 100 events held all over the city, in restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas, art galleries, breweries and more besides, all run by inspiring indie businesses.
Festival goers can make even more of their experience with a Festival Passport. On sale now and priced £15, the Passport will give food fans access to great discounts, priority access and act as a free ticket to Leeds Feast, the Festival’s closing party at The Tetley.
Festival goers can collect stamps from all the independent businesses they visit and the events they attend, competing for special rewards and exciting prizes. If that isn’t enough, it’s also a passport to exclusive products like an ultimate burger from Patty Smith’s or a huge Marble Chocolate Slab from Café 164.
All #LIF15 events belong to five special Festival Strands:
From a Polish supper club held in Kirkgate Market, to Patty Smith’s Dining Club; from a takeover of Shears Yard by Viva Cuba, to a Candlelit Victorian Banquet in Whitelock’s brass-fronted bar to celebrate their 300th birthday.
Highlights include the launch of Leeds Craft Beer Crawl, LS6 Beer Festival in Hyde Park, and a mystery bus tour starting at the Cross Keys. #LIF15 will also see the opening of North Brewing Co brought to you by North Bar, and a new beer, the 822IPA, presented by Northern Monk.
Wine & Spirits
You can look forward to Lazy Lounge’s GINstival, a Nikka Whisky Tasting Dinner, a tour through The Art of Aperitivo with Latitude Wines, Shears Yard taking on Portobello Road Gin at Arts Café, and The Decanter presenting a wine tasting with Yorkshire Wine School and Graze.
Street Food is something Leeds does brilliantly, and alongside a stellar lineup of traders at Leeds Feast, you can check out Leeds legends Fish&, Manjit’s Kitchen and more at School Diner, in Chapel Allerton, or dance the night away at a special #LIF15 edition of Brandon Street Night Market.
Check out The Great Edible Art Show, the only gallery where you can actually eat the art. You can learn foodie skills with Cannon & Cannon’s Meat School at Friends of Ham, or check out film screenings at Hyde Park Picture House. The festival is even teaming up with the University of Leeds for a series of talks: ‘Thinking About Food’.
- Yorkshire Wine School offering tastings with a twist
- Olia Hercules brings Ukranian food to Leeds
- How to make the ultimate Cuban dessert
Competition: Win a festival passport and tickets
We’re offering the chance for you to get your hands on Two Festival Passports for Leeds Indie Food, plus some incredible event tickets.
On May 22-23 at The Tetley art gallery, ‘Leeds Feast’ will showcase the best of what street food, music, art and film in Leeds has to offer in 2015, complete with a huge craft beer tent with live music and DJs and the most progressive breweries around.
Some of the brightest names in food are set to appear, including Rita’s Dining and former Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Murray Wilson, and there’ll be offerings from Leeds favourites such as Fish&, Manjit’s Kitchen, Fu-Schnikens, Dough Boys Pizza, Patty Smiths Burgers, Leeds Juicery, Madeline Express, Northern Bloc (Ice-Cream) Laynes Espresso, Café Moor and Bahn Mi Booth.
There’ll also be the very best of the UK street food scene, free industry panels on coffee, beer, and independent food and drink publishing, and a host of great stalls from No Culture Icons, Colours May Vary and more.
Visit the website, pick up a passport, get your hands on some hot tickets and get hungry:
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