WITH BARBECUE and beer garden season beckoning, summer flavours provided the perfect tonic for visitors to Leeds city centre this weekend.
Glorious sunshine and warm weather set saucepans glinting in Millennium Square but it was an array of talented chefs and local food producers who were the shining stars of the YEP-backed Food and Drink Show yesterday.
For the fifth successive year, the flagship event marked the finale of the Leeds Food and Drink Festival and thousands of people dropped in to tantalise their taste buds.
Some of the city’s finest eateries seized the chance to impress the crowds.
Chefs from French themed restaurant Brasserie Blanc, British food specialists The Cross Keys and Indian restaurant Tharavadu appeared in the event’s demo kitchen, alongside Asda and chef consultant Stephanie Moon.
A former head chef at Rudding Park’s Clocktower restaurant in Harrogate, Ms Moon’s summer-inspired menu featured an edible plant pot of asparagus and Yorkshire Blue cheese served with crumbs of fruit bread and pumpernickel.
She also rustled up a sirloin steak with couscous and a ‘sunshine’ salad featuring orange, yellow and purple carrots along with a strawberry shortcake and strawberry mess.
At the end of the three-day festival, Councillor Judith Blake, the new leader of Leeds City Council, said the city is currently enjoying a culinary boom.
She added: “We’re enjoying a real boom in the local bar and restaurant scene at the moment and Leeds is the place where everyone wants to be.
“That’s something we can all be very proud of and it’s fitting that we celebrate and enjoy it with events like this.”