Leeds Indie Food will be washing the veg and firing up the oven as it prepares to bring a host of culinary fun to the city this summer for the second year running. The festival’s inaugural year saw a number of events take place across the city including a takeover of the grounds of The Tetley brewery for the Leeds Feast.
LIF16 has already gotten underway with Stir It Up at Duke Studios hosted by Manjits kitchen, bringing a taste of authentic Indian street food accompanied by the west Indian musical styling of Axis Valva-tron Soundsystem. The bulk of Leeds Indie Food events will be taking place throughout the month of May which consist of the likes of a ham carving masterclass and a celebration of all things vegetarian at Duke Studios with In Defence Of Plants.
A new feature at this year's Leeds Indie Food Festival will be the Pop Up And Play Café, brought to the event by the Pop Up And Play Co, who have been bringing their concept to festivals, parties and events all over the city. Running in association with Tom Cockerill, the Rare Breed Chef, the Pop Up And Play Café will offer daytime sessions that come with brunch for adults and bento boxes for kids, with plenty of family fun and activities to boot. The evening sessions will give you the chance to enjoy a family supper at the meatball club alongside movies and a glass or two of wine.
Once more, LIF will be offering up a passport scheme which will with provide a number of benefits for Leeds Indie Food events such as discounts at selected bars and restaurants as well as free entry to the festival’s closing party, Leeds Feast.
Words by Elliot Ryder & Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Tom Joy