INDIE FOOD FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR THE FOURTH YEAR
This 10th – 28th May, Leeds Indie Food festival will return for a 19-day celebration of Leeds’ thriving independent food and drink scene. Funded by Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID) and Leeds City Council, the annual food and drink festival is an important showcase of Leeds’ ever-growing community of independent businesses, with £1 from every Festival Passport sold being donated towards Action Against Hunger, a charity which works with chefs and restaurants across the UK in order to raise funds to support their work to end child malnutrition in over 49 countries around the world.
The Festival Passport scheme will return with a new purpose; alongside priority access to events, discounts on tickets and special discounts at participating independent businesses, this year, Festival Passport holders will get access to free ‘passport holder only’ events. Tickets will be released on a first come, first served basis in the first week of Leeds Indie Food and will feature food-related learning experiences including opportunities to learn new skills and expand your knowledge on food and drink. Festival Passports are on sale now via Event Genius.
The 2018 programme of events will be spread across three festival strands: Eat, Drink and Do. The first events to be announced are now on sale at leedsindiefood.co.uk and include, a scotch egg collaboration menu at Leeds oldest pub, Whitelock’s Ale House with the likes of Bundobust and Ox Club; an interactive chef’s table event at social enterprise, Leeds Cookery School; a dine-along experience of the ultimate foodie movie Chef; a pizza and prosecco festival at canal-side Water Lane Boathouse; a dining experience with Parm Star, dedicated to celebrating parmos and parmas; a chocolate-making class with Tyto Leodis; a pizza collaboration menu at Tapped Brew Co.; a tasting wine dinner curated by Chris Hill from Latitude Wine and the Head Chef at Laynes Espresso; a creative talk with local independent food vendors, curated by Glug Leeds; the fourth Brewers Market Beer Festival at Canal Mills; and an array of street food events, including, School Diner, Eat North and Belgrave Feast.
This year’s festival will also focus on the importance of sustainability, with a number of independent businesses committing to mission statements such as, working towards zero waste policies and helping Leeds apply for the sustainable city badge. As leaders of change, the independents want Leeds to inspire other communities to come together and work collectively to tackle environmental problems on a city-wide scale.