Grab a fork as Leeds’s indie food scene takes centre stage

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Leeds will become a haven for foodies in May as the city’s first independent food festival takes place over two-and-a-half weeks.

More than 80 local businesses have already signed up to the Leeds Indie Food Festival being held between May 7 and 24.

The Tetley, which will host part of the Leeds Indie Food Festival

The Tetley, which will host part of the Leeds Indie Food Festival

Among the events announced this week are the ‘Chapel Allerton Street Food Party’ and the ‘Leeds Craft Beer Crawl’, which takes place across the city.

A gin festival will be held at Lazy Lounge, while Headingley restaurant Salvo’s will host 10 course regional dinner evenings and The Reliance on North Street is laying on a wine and food-matching event.

Wine and spirits specialist Latitude will host a special bank holiday street party outside their shop, and vegetarians and vegans alike will be catered for with National Vegetarian Week events at Roots n Fruits, in the Grand Arcade.

Matt Dix of Leeds Indie Food said: “The festival is looking great at the moment and really taking shape. We have some very special events to announce in the next few weeks too, covering food, drink and culture.

22nd May 2012.  Little Oliver.... Lazy Lounge, Leeds.

22nd May 2012. Little Oliver.... Lazy Lounge, Leeds.

“We believe it is a great step forward in the Leeds food and drink scene. We wanted to connect the independents and more importantly shout about the variety of amazing produce in Leeds.”

Leeds Feast, which takes place on May 22 and 23, is the closing party for the festival and takes place at The Tetley.

Simon Stevens of Leeds Feast said: “We’re thrilled to be working with the Leeds Indie Food team on Leeds Feast and can’t wait to announce our full line-up of street food traders, supper clubs and panelists who’ll be appearing over the course of the weekend.”

A Leeds Indie Food Passport, which gives access to priority ticket sales, discounts, special festival products and dishes, is on sale now. Visit www.leedsindiefood.co.uk.

Salvos, Headingley,Leeds..13th February 2012...Picture by Simon Hulme

Salvos, Headingley,Leeds..13th February 2012...Picture by Simon Hulme

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