Leeds Food and Drink Festival – Now in its 8th Year
Should you be in Leeds between 1st and 3rd June then why not pop along to Millennium Square and visit Leeds Food and Drink Festival which is now in its eighth year?
All photographs by Stan Graham

I know that we seem to be reviewing food festivals ad nauseam lately but they are a great way to while away an hour or two in the sunshine.

It is not just the usual street food vendors here, although they are present in abundance, but also bars, drink stalls, a fudge producer, a fruit shop, a pie and sausage roll baker and live music.

This year for the first time you will also find an area set aside for traditional English Afternoon Teas.  How sophisticated.

A few years ago fusion food was all the rage but even the instigators of that movement could not have envisaged the stands here which were selling Yorkshire hot dogs, Indian tapas and wraps made from Yorkshire pudding. The whole world seems to be represented, with Mexican, Middle Eastern, Indian, Greek, French, Asian, Italian, American and many more. There is also a German Sausage seller who has probably been standing there since the Christmas Market last December.

The only problem is where to start and when to finish. I suggest you start on the 1st June and finish on 3rd! There are plenty of areas to have a sit down to eat, or recover, and the weather forecast is as good as it gets in Leeds with lots of sun and just the occasional shower. If it does rain the bar is enormous, so shelter should not be a problem. As the aforementioned watering hole serves real ales, craft beers, gins, Pimm’s, cocktails and Prosecco, why not just go in regardless of the weather.

The opening times are 11.00am-8.00pm Friday and Saturday and 11.00am-4.00pm Sunday. Admission is free so what’s not to like?

Stan writes Let’s Do Lunch for Leeds Living.  He also reviews special events for food and drink, which sometimes takes him beyond Leeds.  He has also developed an interest in writing on culture, most frequently dramatic and musical theatre.

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