Feast of flavour at new north Leeds festival

Roundhay Park, Leeds.
Roundhay Park, Leeds.
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An array of tantalising tastes from around the globe will come to Leeds this summer at a new food festival.

The North Leeds Food Festival also promises to bring the region’s best eateries and producers to Roundhay Park, along with entertainment, music and art.

For younger visitors, there will be activities for children and the whole event will support mental health charity Leeds Mind.

The extravaganza is the brainchild of Michael Johnston, who has been inspired by his travels, especially in Latin America and Asia.

After working in the food and drink industry and studying business economics, he wanted to create an event similar to the festivals he’d experienced elsewhere in the world, but in his home city.

“For years I’d been thinking that Roundhay Park was crying out for an event like this, as it’s a really good location,” the 24-year-old said.

“It will be showcasing talent through hot food, independent bars and live music, as we are working to expose unsigned performers.”

The festival runs from August 19 to 21, with Soldier’s Field at Roundhay Park hosting over 85 exhibitors, 20 different cuisines and seven independent bars.

Food will include cuisines from as far afield as Cambodia, but 90 per cent of the traders will be Yorkshire-based.

Soldier’s Ale House will feature special ales from independent breweries, while pop-up bars will sell wine, cocktails and Champagne and there will even be a chilli bar for those who like their drinks with a kick.

Market Street will feature local produce, crafts, and food, including edible insects, while for children there will be arts sessions, mini Masterchef, a funfair, Rugby Tots and story-telling. Other attractions include a display of pieces from students at Leeds College of Art and a dance showcase.

FOR TICKETS: Visit northleedsfoodfestival.co.uk.