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Leeds Indie Food Festival Returns

25 February 2016
Leeds Indie Food Festival Returns
Do you remember last year’s Indie Food Festival? Don’t worry if you missed out because it’s back. This year, it’s bigger and better than ever! The Festival runs from 12th - 30th May and there’s plenty to get excited about with over 80 businesses already on board with tons of creative surprises.

The annual foodie festival returns

Matt Dix, one of the organisers of Leeds Indie Food Festival, says:

“This year’s Leeds Indie Food is looking full to the brim. We’ve taken the best bits of last year’s Festival and mixed them up with new ideas and new participants, and all the businesses involved are raring to go. We’ve got a great mix of events, from fine dining to food culture, so everyone should find something to love. We think we’re doing something truly unique – no other city celebrates its independents in this way, and our aim is to help businesses collaborate and to shout about the amazing things they’re doing.”

The Festival will showcase Leeds’ amazing independent restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Whether you see yourself as a connoisseur of food and culture or you simply fancy a new tasting experience, the Festival will appeal to everyone. Expect cookery courses, cultural foodie events, culinary feasts and celebrations galore.

The Festival Passport is returning this year at the bargain price of £10. Festival goers can collect stamps in their passport with the opportunity for priority tickets, discounts, freebies and deals across the whole Festival! Last year, stamp collectors earned 25% off at Bundobust and free entry to Leeds Feast. The top collectors were even rewarded with tickets to Leeds Festival and Garden Party, so the Passport is a definite must! It’s already available online, so beat the crowds and bag yours now.

Some details of the jam-packed schedule have already been released.

Upcoming events

50x50: A Night at the Spa (14th May)

An extra-special collaboration will see acclaimed spa-town restaurant Norse hitting Lambert’s Yard for one night of fantastic food. The lucky attendees will get to sample Yorkshire’s finest drinks, including The Champagne Concept and Whittaker’s Gin. Bring your appetite because the drinks will be complimented with a 50 course (yes, 50!) Nordic tasting menu. Norse head chef, Murray Wilson, will be bringing the best of Scandinavian cuisine to the table, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Keg Vs Cork (20th-21st May)

The alcohol showdown of 2016 is happening the over the third weekend of May. Leeds’ best craft beer bars will be showing off against the City’s finest wine purveyors. Expect to see local favourites Bundobust, The Reliance, North Bar, Tall Boys and Latitude Wine. There will also be plenty of pop-up tastings so lots of chances to discover a new favourite. Tipple meets culture with music courtesy of High & Lonesome Festival and a cult film screening each night.

BundoBrunch (21st and 22nd May)

Leeds loves collabs and they don’t come much better than this. Indian street food pioneers, Bundobust, are joining with speciality coffee shop Laynes Espresso, for a bonanza weekend of brunch. Imagine world-class coffees (courtesy of Laynes) with the powerful fusion of both teams’ food. My stomach’s rumbling already.

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The Edible Art Exhibition: City of Cake (TBC)

Even if you didn’t make one of the standout events of the 2015 Festival, you probably heard about it. In the perfect fusion of cake and culture, the Edible Art Exhibition is returning in 2016, promising to be even better than last year. This year the exhibition is celebrating Leeds 2023 City of Culture Bid with an ambitious record attempt. Munro House Gallery is partnering with acclaimed foodie sculptors Tattooed Bakers, to cook up a record-breaking dessert version of Leeds’ skyline. For the chance to admire the City’s finest cultural landmarks before nibbling on the Civic Hall, make sure you don’t miss out on the Edible Art Exhibition.

Leeds Feast (28th May)

The Festival finale is a foodie extravaganza! Last year’s Feast at the Tetley saw 6000 festival-goers enjoying a street-food party. For 2016, the organisers are bringing Leeds Feast to the Northern Quarter. Loads of independent venues are on board including Headrow House, Belgrave Music Hall and North Brewing Co. The Festival is set to go out with a bang so make sure you don’t miss out!

Save the date and forget the diet! Leeds Indie Food Festival is May 12-30th 2016 and LIF16 Festival Passports are on sale now. Events are revealed on Mondays, with tickets becoming available the same day at 6pm for ticket holders...two days before they go on general sale! Head to their website to bag yours.

There’re lots more exciting events to follow so keep track of the Festival by following their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Look out for the upcoming competition on our social media pages - it's a goodie!

By Esther Marshall
Esther is a Volunteer Writer for Leeds Living covering events all across the city, on topics such as eat/drink, retail therapy, music/dance and culture.
Photography provided by Tom Joy