Leeds Indie Food Festival – May 2016 (LIFF16)

A mouth-watering celebration of food and drink is being served up as the city sees the return of the unique Leeds Indie Food festival
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A mouth-watering celebration of food and drink is being served up as the city sees the return of the unique Leeds Indie Food festival.

With over 130 events across 19 days, this year’s festival, running from 12th-30th May, is bigger and better with more venues, more events and more choice.
The festival is being run in partnership with LeedsBID and Leeds City Council, who are backing the event in support of Leeds’ thriving independent business community, and blooming food and drink scene.

Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive LeedsBID said: “LeedsBID is delighted to be able to bring enhancement to this outstanding and unique event, helping to grow an already strong fixture in the events calendar and drive the benefits for businesses, visitors and all city users.”

Leeds Indie Food festival sees a staggering variety of events, with something for everyone’s taste from curry nights, veggie extravaganzas and tapas to wine tasting, cocktail workshops and coffee socials, and family-fun with pizza making and school diners.

A must for cake lovers, and those who are culturally inclined, is one of the festival’s opening events – the City of Cake edible experience – a unique cake-sculpture exhibition of Leeds architectural landmarks popping up in Trinity Leeds from Friday (13 May)- Friday, 20 May. This tasty project, which is a collaboration between The Gallery at Munro House and cake artists Tattooed Bakers, gives people the chance to gobble up Leeds, literally.

Keg Vs Cork is a brand new mini festival on 20th-21st May billed as a ‘Celebration of Booze’ which sees some of the city’s best craft beer bars (North Bar, Northern Monk, Tall Boys Beer Market, Bundobust) facing off against wine from The Reliance and Latitude Wine, plus a pop-up from Aperol/Campri, music from High and Lonesome Festival and food from Ox Club all at Sheaf St. Cafeteria.

Also headlining are Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain demonstrating her skills in the Merrion Centre on Thursday, 26th May and Masterchef semi-finalist Liz Cottam who is hosting a masterclass at Le Creuset the same day.

On the menu again is the Festival Passport scheme, which provides festival-goers with the chance to try new venues and explore the city’s food scene with exclusive discounts, freebies and offers at every Leeds Indie Food venue.

Matt Dix, Leeds Indie Food, said: “We think we’re doing something truly unique – no other city celebrates its independents in this way, and our aim is to help businesses collaborate and to shout about the amazing things they’re doing.”

Visit www.leedsindiefood.co.uk

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