Three weeks celebrating Leeds’s vibrant independent food and drink scene will climax with a large-scale feast for thousands at one of the city’s most iconic buildings.
Following a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding drive, where more than 171 individuals and businesses backed it to the tune of over £9,000, the first ever Leeds Indie Food (LIF) festival is now scheduled to run from May 7 to 24 next year.
Spread over two weeks and three weekends, the event will feature everything from taster sessions and beer collaborations to workshops, cookery classes and film screenings before a Leeds Feast showcase of up to 30 independents featuring a craft beer tent, children’s area, music, dining clubs, film and art is staged inside and outside The Tetley, in Hunslet Road, Leeds, from May 23 to 25.
Among the first few events confirmed for next year’s festival are a ‘Veg Out’ at Wharf Chambers, the Chapel Allerton Street Food Party and a Leeds Craft Beer Trail.
Simon Stevens, of the Belgrave Musical Hall and Leeds Feast organiser, said: “Through the success of Belgrave Feast we are taking this outside and making it 10 times bigger. It felt right to launch it during Leeds Indie Food festival brand too and offer a closing party like no other.”
Those looking to get involved can book themselves in for a LIF Passport – a unique ticketing system, available to pre-book from today, that allows holders to get indie shop discounts, special products, priority access to events, special menus and access to the Leeds Feast closing party.
Leeds Indie Food is the brainchild of food fanatics from a range of independent businesses in Leeds, who wanted to develop a festival to highlight independent and start-up food and drink talent in May alongside the Leeds City Council-backed big brand Leeds Loves Food festival and the Live at Leeds music event.
Its founders also committed to setting up a fund to help start-ups or independents without premises stage LIF events. Using half of all cash donated over their initial £6,750 target, its total now stands at over £1,000 and is open to bids.
Matt Dix, Leeds Indie Food co-founder, said: “We have met so many businesses and individuals all willing this to do well. We get to shout about some incredible people both new and established from a range of sectors.”
For further information visit www.leedsindiefood.co.uk
FIRST CONFIRMED LEEDS INDIE FOOD EVENTS
Leeds Craft Beer Trail: All weekends – free entry
Belgrave Feast and Arts Market: May 9 – free entry
Evening in House with Fu-Schnikens at Belgrave Music Hall: May 13 – Ticketed taster menu and film screening
Chapel Allerton Street Food Party: May 16 – free entry
Veg Out at Wharf Chambers: May 16 – free entry
Leeds Feast Closing Party: May 22 and 23 – free with LIF Passport
Latitude Bank Holiday Street Party: May 24 – free with LIF Passport
BUSINESSES CONFIRMED FOR LEEDS INDIE FOOD SO FAR
Belgrave Music Hall, Bundobust, Friends of Ham, Laynes Espresso, Sela Bar, North Bar, The Cross Keys, Alfred, North Bar Social, Preston, Further North, The Reliance, Colours May Vary, Café 164, Northern Monk Brew Co, Grub and Grog Shop, Fish&, Lazy Lounge, Latitude Wine, North Star Coffee, Noisette Bakehouse, Wax Bar, Salvos, Dough Boys Pizza, Patty Smith Burgers, Hungry Bear, Manjit’s Kitchen, Northern Monk Refectory, George and Joseph, The Writing Squad, Trestle, I Like Press, Leeds Bread Co-op, Food &, Whip Until Fluffy, Fu-Schnikens, Beacons Festival, Awesome Merchandise, Hungry Sandwich Club, Passport, Copper Productions, Leeds Indie, Duke Studios, CopyStorm, Refresh, Hayley & Clifford, Tom Joy, The City Talking, The Pizza Bus, Tall Boys Beer Market, Whitelocks.