Yorkshire’s produce is famed around the world but in a special year for the county, a food and drink showcase will get a continental twist.
Just a month before the Tour de France rolls into town on July 5 and 6, tens of thousands of food-lovers will get a taste of what is to come as French treats sit alongside traditional regional fare at the Leeds Food and Drink Festival 2014 from May 23 to June 8.
Spread across the city, the event will run over three main weekends as well as including a Kids Food Festival at The Tetley, in Hunslet, for the first week and the Yorkshire Food and Drink Show at Millennium Square from June 6 to 8.
Organisers of the festival aim for it to become the UK’s biggest urban food festival as it once again celebrates Yorkshire’s culinary class.
A Yorkshire Post Le Grand DeParty section will showcase French food and drink such as artisan breads, wines and cheeses as well as cooking from the likes of Brasserie Blanc on the final weekend.
As part of the event visitors will also have the chance to ride a special branded bicycle which will be mounted on a stand, with the fastest to ‘Go The Mile’ winning a special prize.
Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the Yorkshire Post and Evening Post, said: “Excitement about the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire is building – we’re already giving it huge amounts of coverage. What better way to celebrate it than to give a truly French flavour to this wonderful festival?”
The festival will also see the return of the Pink Shed pop-up dining experience, which saw restaurants serve meals to diners in a special venue in Trinity Leeds last year. Festival-goers will find the Pink Shed inside the Trinity Kitchen throughout the two week event.
Organisers Leeds and Partners, in partnership with Leeds City Council and the Yorkshire Post, are hopeful that Yorkshire’s food and drink producers, restaurants, cafes and bars will get involved.
Lurene Joseph, Leeds and Partners chief executive, said: “We have the credentials to hold and grow an amazing celebration of the region’s produce.”
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Over 60,000 visitors attended the three-day Yorkshire Food and Drink Show, in Millennium Square, Leeds, in 2013.
The culinary showcase on the last weekend of the Leeds Food and Drink Festival saw over 100 exhibitors including former Blur guitarist and cheese maker Alex James take to Leeds city centre.
Other events across the two-week food festival were held at venues such as the Victoria Quarter, The Light and Oulton Hall.
This year’s festival finale Yorkshire Food and Drink Show, including Le Grand DeParty, will run from June 6 to 8 this year.