A first ever city-wide festival is being planned to celebrate Leeds’ vibrant independent food and drink scene next year.
Organisers of the Leeds Indie Food celebration are launching a £6,750 crowdfunding campaign today in a bid to showcase the city’s best independent eateries, street food, cocktail bars, bakeries and more in May 2015.
The idea came after a summer in which some independents felt events like the annual Leeds Loves Food Festival failed to give many smaller firms the right exposure. Next year’s indie fest is hoped to compliment existing events including the Live at Leeds music festival to offer a more rounded taster of the city.
Leeds Indie Food will feature a fortnight of collaborative independent events including tasting menus, workshops, food trails and film screenings at dozens of venues across Leeds.
The independent minds behind the festival have organised a free-entry meet and greet Kickstarter launch, which will take place at Friends of Ham, in New Station Street, tonight from 6pm.
Matt Dix, who works for Fish& street food and is helping organise Leeds Indie Food, said: “Leeds Loves Food has its place and plenty of people aren’t necessarily interested in seeking out independent food and drink but for us there isn’t something that represents that side of the city.
“I think people are beginning to see Leeds as a real centre for independent food and drink to rival Liverpool, Manchester and even London and we think it’s the perfect time to celebrate that.”
So far around 20 independents have signed up to host events for the festival fortnight including Laynes Espresso, Patty Smith’s, Dough Boys, Bundobust, George & Joseph and Northern Monk Brew Co.
The crowdfunding total will make the event free to participate in for independent businesses, funding everything from design work, advertising and printing to launch and closing events and operating costs.
To donate before November 9 or for details visit www.leedsindiefood.co.uk or follow @LeedsIndieFood on Twitter.