It barely seems 5 minutes since we were at Leeds Feast saying goodbye to the first Leeds Indie Food Festival, but it’s been a whole year and now it’s back bigger and better! There’s a fantastic calendar this year, showcasing Leeds’ best independents and covering such a wide range of themes that there really is something for everyone. It’s been hard to choose, but here are my top picks for this year’s Leeds Indie Food.
Northern Monk x Northern Bloc
At last year’s LIF Northern Bloc did a similar event to this with Black Swan, pairing their ice creams with some of the bar’s best pints. I’m not much of a beer fan but I found that event really interesting, and was amazed at how well the flavours of the ice cream and the beer complemented each other. This year Northern Bloc are teaming up with Northern Monk to create a menu of beer floats, and I’m expecting it to be just as delicious.
12th May, 18.30-22.00 at Northern Monk, free
Brandon Street Night Market x Hedonist Project
The Hedonist Project will be at Canal Mills this month for a special LIF edition of Brandon Street Night Market. I love their current gin pop-up on Lower Briggate so I can’t wait to try their rum concoctions that I missed when they had their rum bar next to the Belgrave. The street food line-up features several of my favourites including Dim Sum Su, Pizza Fella and Northern Bloc.
13th May, 17.00-23.00 at Canal Mills, free
Edible Art Show: City of Cake
If you weren’t at the Edible Art Show last year, you missed out on one of Leeds Indie Food’s most amazing events. The Tattooed Bakers recreated a whole collection of modern art pieces entirely from cake, and this year they’re doing the same with Leeds’ skyline. Having got tickets to the eating session last year I can confirm their creations taste as good as they look – I’ll be there with a fork…
13th-20th May at Trinity Leeds, free.
Whittaker’s of Harrogate Takeover
Yorkshire-based small batch gin distillers Whittaker’s of Harrogate will be setting up shop at The Turk’s Head for one night only, with a special menu of cocktails designed exclusively for Leeds Indie Food. I love the vibe at The Turk’s Head, and it’ll be a great setting for this.
16th May, 18.30-23.0 at The Turk’s Head, free
Coffee and Cocktails Fusion Experience
As far as day-to-day caffeine boosts go I’ll choose tea over coffee every time, but I am partial to a decent coffee cocktail. La Bottega is a great lunch spot and one of the only place I bother with coffee, and The Maven is my favourite cocktail bar in Leeds, so for me this collaboration is basically the most exciting event of LIF16. I’m currently unsure if I’m going to be able to go, and if I can’t I think I might cry.
18th May, 18.30-22.00 at La Bottega, £20
The Swine That Dines at Lazy Lounge: Cocktails and Canapés
I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t experienced The Swine That Dines yet, and I really can’t allow it to stand for much longer. Unfortunately this probably won’t be the night as it’ll be beaten out by Coffee and Cocktails (see above), but from all I know and love about Lazy Lounge and all I’ve heard about The Swine That Dines, this cocktails and canapés evening should be a festival highlight from two of Leeds’ best establishments.
18th May, 19.00-23.00 at Lazy Lounge, £28
So, that’s where I’ll be this month! What are you looking forward to during Leeds Indie Food 2016?