Leeds Indie Food Festival

Leeds is set to welcome a tasty month of food and drink events, as the city gets hungry and 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 during a mouth watering two (and a bit) weeks from 7th – 24th May. The Leeds Food and Drink Festival will then take over 22nd May – 7th June to round off what is set to be a spectacular month of food and drink events across Leeds City Region.

Over 100 businesses have now signed up to #LIF15, and the Festival will play host to almost 100 events held all over the city, from restaurants, cafes and bars to 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 Festival products like an ultimate burger from Patty Smith’s or a huge Marble Chocolate Slab from Café 164.

Today Leeds Indie Food Festival have launched their new website complete with loads of great events and tickets available to the general public. All #LIF15 events will belong to special Festival Strands, and you’ll find events falling under Dining, Beer, Wine & Spirits, Street Food and Food Culture in the recently announced listings. Passport Holders will be able to collect stamps relating to these strands, and there’ll be extra treats for those who manage to clock up one of each.

Highlights from today’s listings include Dining, with Mama’s Girls Milk Bar, a Polish supper club held in Kirkgate Market, Patty Smith’s Dining Club with a screening of the film Chef, ¡Viva Shears Yard!, a takeover of Shears Yard by Viva Cuba,
Lunch spot Noonshine Café will be popping up at Tall Boys Beer Market for the whole festival and Whitelock’s, who celebrate their 300th birthday, will present a Candlelit Victorian Banquet in their brass-fronted bar.

Under the Beer strand, we have 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 a new Brewery, North Brewing Co brought to you by North Bar, and a new Beer, the 822IPA presented by Northern Monk.

Wine & Spirits are well catered for with 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.

It’s not all about eating, and Food Culture is on the menu too. Check out The Great Edible Art Show, the only gallery where you can eat the art, or &Totally Tutti Frutti_ ,
a special exhibition featuring Bompas and Parr and Food&_. 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. We’re even teaming up with the University of Leeds for a series of talks, Thinking About Food.

Visit the website, pick up a passport, get your hands on some hot tickets and get hungry – https://www.leedsindiefood.co.uk/ – More announcements are expected in the next few weeks including full details of Leeds Feast.  #LIF15

Leeds Indie Food A-Z

The Arch Cafe
Art’s Cafe
Awesome Merchandise
Beacons Metro
Beat Food
Belgrave Feast
Belgrave Music Hall
Black Swan
Bompas and Parr
Brandon Street Night Market
Bánh mì Booth
Café 164
Canal Mills
Cannon and Cannon
Colours May Vary
Courtyard Dairy
The Cross Keys
Dough Boys
Friends of Ham
Further North
The Gallery at Munro House
George and Joseph
Greedy Pig
The Grub and Grog Shop
Headrow House
Holbeck Urban Village
The Hungry Bear
Hungry Sandwich Club
Hyde Park Picture House
I Like Press
Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom
Lamberts Yard
Latitude Wine
Laynes Espresso
Lazy Lounge
Le Creuset
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds Bread Co-op
Leeds Craft Beer Crawl
Leeds Feast
Leeds Juicery
Leeds Libraries
Leeds Markets
Leeds Trinity University
LS6 Beer Festival
Mama’s Girls
Manjit’s Kitchen
Mrs Athas
Noisette Bakehouse
Noonshine Cafe
North Bar
North Bar Social
North Star Coffee
Northern Bloc
Northern Monk Brew Co
Northern Monk Refectory
Northern StrEats
Oakwood Farmers Market
Opposite Chapel Allerton
Patty Smith’s
Pinche Pinche
Pure Design Consultancy
Roots and Fruits
School Diner
Sela Bar
Street Fodder
Shears Yard
Super Star DJ
Swillington Farm
Tall Boys Beer Market
Tattooed Bakers
That Old Chestnut
The City Talking
The Maven
The Pizza Bus
The Reliance
The Swine That Dines
University of Leeds
Veg Out
Viva Cuba
Wax Bar
Whip Until Fluffy
The Writing Squad
Yorkshire Wine School

About cwildman

Local Food Evangelist, 5th Generation Butcher based in the Yorkshire Dales, England. Town End Farm Shop, Artisan Butchery & Charcuterie, Home of The Yorkshire Chorizo.
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  1. almond and oat. says:

    Awesome post!


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