The North has its fair share of foodie entrepeneurs who are pushing the boundaries of the food industry within their respective area. Leeds is up there with the best foodie cities and this gives reason as to why Food Festivals do so well there.
The Leeds Indie Food Festival gives people the opportunity to explore the different foods and drinks that the city has to offer. To make it easier to experience as much as possible, you can get a Festival Passport which gives you access to special dishes, great discounts and even some exclusive events like the closing party, Leeds Feast, which is a full weekend of the nation’s best street food, craft beer, cocktails, art, music and family fun all held in the historic surroundings of The Tetley.
You can even fill your Festival Passport with stamps! You’ll be able to collect ink from the businesses and events you visit during the festival, and they’ll be awarding prizes at Leeds Feast for those with the most, and those with the most varied collection.
Here are our highlights of the Leeds Indie Food Festival -
Italian Craft Beer Festival
Sample some of Italy’s best bottles alongside regional Italian cookery.
11am – 11pm
Gorse: A Dinner Experience for Curious Gastronomes
Gorse presents a vegetable-focused take on the tasting menu, showcasing Yorkshire produce from the everyday to the obscure. Rethink the journey from savoury to sweet.
7th-9th & 21st-23rd May
7.30pm – 11pm
Bourbon and Burgers at The East Village
After a bourbon cocktail, wolf down platters of sliders from Dough Bistro alongside a tasting of 5 bourbons followed by a masterclass in making your own “Old Fashioned”.
4pm – 6pm
The East Village
The GINstival: Lazy Gin Fair
There’s more to gin than G&T with a twist!
4pm – 9pm
LS6 Beer Festival
Head down to Left Bank for a weekend of brilliant local breweries, food by Northern StrEats traders and a good old knees up.
12 noon – 6pm
Left Bank Leeds
Brandon Street Night Market
Head down to Armley’s coolest warehouse for tasty street food, craft beer, cocktails, live art and DJs. Eat, drink, then dance until you’re hungry again.
6pm – 11pm
Belgrave Feast and Art Market
Packed with great Street Food, family activites, stalls and the best roof terrace in town.
11am – 8pm
Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
Northern Coffee Guide Book Launch at Leeds Feast
Join Laynes Espresso at Leeds Feast as they launch the Northern Coffee Guide, a compendium of knowledge on the coffee scene that will show you the way to a great cup no matter where you might be.
The Tattooed Bakers are headed to Yorkshire and, in honour of the British Art Show, they’re recreating artworks from previous shows. Yes, that’s right, it’s a whole exhibition made of cake.
10am – 6pm
The Gallery at Munro House
Beer and Ice Cream Pop Up Party
Ale and Ice Cream. A match made in heaven.
17th and 24th May
12 noon – 6pm
End the Leeds Indie Food Festival right with the Leeds Feast! Maybe we'll see you there?
11am – 11.30pm