Food festival for Leeds city centre

The 2009 Leeds Loves Food Festival.
The 2009 Leeds Loves Food Festival.
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THIS summer sees the launch of the first Yorkshire Food and Drink show.

The Yorkshire Evening Post/Marketing Leeds backed event forms the centrepiece of the Leeds Loves Food festival which runs from July 1-3.

The Yorkshire Food and Drink show gives food lovers a unique chance to sample the delights of the Yorkshire region and beyond. Held in Millennium Square, Leeds, the show, which is free to the public, will bring to the city for the first time, more than 100 stallholders from across the UK.

Managed in partnership between the Yorkshire Evening Post, Marketing Leeds and Leeds City Council, is the centrepiece of the innovative festival. A huge array of local producers, as well as stallholders from across the UK, will all offer something unique. Among the cheese, chutney and wine stalls, there will also be a street of sellers from deliciouslyorkshire, the organisation which celebrates and promotes the distinctiveness, quality and the variety of food and drink that is produced in Yorkshire and the Humber and served in some of the areas top restaurants. Names already attracted include Jamie’s Italian, San Carlo, Casa Mia, Tampopo, Sam’s Chop House, Brasserie Blanc, The Hilton, Suko Thai, Pimms and Farmer Copleys.

As part of the wider festival, The Taste of Spain exhibition will also bring a little corner of Spanish sun and frivolity to Leeds city centre.

Gastronomes in the crowds will be well catered for with the obligatory paella on sale as well as northern Spain’s olive oil, olives, nuts and dried fruits, and the Balearic Islands’ cheese and wine. Music lovers, too, will be able to enjoy live flamenco bands and Spanish pop-rock. Alongside the market, the festival brings together a jam-packed calendar of events, including a theatre kitchen with cookery demonstrations in Millennium Square, masterclasses with top chefs, kids’ pizza making and medieval cookery.

All this will be accompanied by a series of special offers and promotions by Leeds restaurants and hotels so that everyone in the city has something to get their teeth into. For more information, visit:

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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