Leeds Indie Food Festival reveals full line-up of events as it prepares to celebrate its fifth year
Leeds Indie Food Festival will be returning from 9-27th May with over 75 events taking place across the city. There’s collaborations aplenty, with exclusive supper clubs, workshops and one-off events showcasing the finest food and flavours from Leeds’ thriving indie scene. The festival, which is celebrating its fifth year is supported by LeedsBID (Business Improvement District) and Leeds City Council.
The festival is set to be as diverse as ever with returning favourites alongside a host of brand new events, each promising customary innovation, forward-thinking and foodie unity across the city. The notorious ‘North Bar’s Magical Mystery Tour’ returns with two dates and weekly food festival #EatNorth also feature on the line-up with their #VeganNorth and Bank Holiday Special events.
New for 2019, The ‘Bloody Big Brunch’, a partnership with Hey Girls, addresses period poverty with entry fees paid in period products and ‘Tea Under The Trees’ sees Bake My Day take their legendary afternoon tea outdoors with This Green Moon at Swillington Organic Farm. There’s also a ‘Secret Muggle Supper’ and ‘Hands on Sensuality’ which promises to be a “heightened, sensory, pleasure-inducing night” with a 10-course tasting menu all served on to the back of your hand.
There’s a bunch of family-friendly offerings too, including Feast & Fiesta at Kirkstall Abbey - a weekend of samba, face painting and carnival vibes and family den building sessions at Grumpy’s Bar + Pizza with Scrap Leeds.
Sustainability is a key thread for 2019. Alongside a host of plant-based experiences, Citu & The Honest Edibles will be hosting ‘A Sustainable Supper’ and The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP) and Rainbow Junktion are delivering a ‘Food for Thought’ series, serving waste-free meals followed by provocative conversations on issues such as food waste, ethical ingredients and food poverty.
From eat along film screenings (Pulp Fiction, The Grand Budapest, Harry Potter) to brunches with cycles, den building, Chef’s Hands exhibitions, spice blending workshops, Afternoon Tea under the stars, whittling, foraging, fermenting, biscuit making and cake decorating, there really is something for everyone.
Following on previous years’ success, LIF19 will see over 150 collaborations from businesses across the city, presenting 75 innovative events. A record number of people are expected to attend as the festival celebrates its fifth year.
A combination of free and ticketed events are available to book now on the Leeds Indie Food website. Venues across the city are involved including Vice & Virtue Group, Bundobust, Belgrave Music Hall, Below Stairs, Yard & Coop, Outlaws Yacht Club, House of Koko and many more.
For the full line-up, tickets and more information, visit: www.leedsindiefood.co.uk
Leeds Indie Food Festival Line-Up Highlights:
Sneaky Experience presents Feast & Fiesta – 11th May 11:30 - 22:30
LIF and Sneaky Experience present Feast & Fiesta, a show-stopping weekend of delicious food & drink and carnival vibes, all within the atmospheric setting of Kirkstall Abbey. Expect latin rhythms, mouth-watering food and drink and performance aplenty!
Ticket Price: £15 adult, £5 child, under 2yrs free.
Muggle Secret Supper at The Three Broomsticks, TANDEM – 16th May & 17th May, 19:30 - 23:00
Tandem transforms into Hogsmeade’s favourite inn, providing muggles once-in-a-lifetime access to a five course, Harry Potter-themed evening of food and drink, including a complimentary cocktail, all inspired by the magical mythology of J K Rowling’s famous books.
Expect a magical twist on some favourite British dishes. Fancy dress is very much encouraged!
Ticket Price: £45
Hands On Sensuality, 16th & 17th May, 19:00-22:00
Hands on Sensuality is a heightened, sensory, pleasure-inducing night combining food and sensuality. Enjoy a 10-course tasting menu, all served onto the back of your hand, accompanied by a talk on female pleasure. This is an empowered, empowering and unapologetic celebration of sexuality and food!
Ticket Price: £35
#EatNorth – Bank Holiday Special, 25th & 26th May, 12:00- late
Leeds Indie Food's year-round little brother, #EatNorth, is getting a festival makeover...for Leeds Indie Food's final weekender, enjoy an #EatNorth Bank Holiday Extravaganza as we bring the street food celebration all weekend long! Head to Sheepscar, and North Brewing Co’s taproom, as per.
Ticket Price: Free
The North Bar Magical Mystery Tour, 10th & 17th May, 6pm-late
The LIF institution that is the North Bar Magical Mystery Tour is back! Board the bus at 6pm, at a secret location, and get delivered to the best booze in and around Leeds! Rumour has it that this year, the infamously hedonistic tour will take in the whole North Bar family of venues... and a beer and some snacks will be awaiting you at each pitstop! There may even be an extra stop or two this year, taking in a brewery taproom or two...
Ticket Price: £45
Below Stairs & Bundobust Bombay Speakeasy, 20th May, All Day
Experiential cocktail bar Below Stairs team up with Gujarati snack pros Bundobust to transform the discrete underground venue into a swinging 1930s Bombay canteen speakeasy. Expect history of the Indian food and drink culture, cocktails and food pairing.
Ticket Price: £55
Bloody Big Brunch, 26th May, 11:00-14:00
A partnership with Hey Girls will see Cafe 164 hosting a Bloody Big Brunch with entry payable via period products. An innovative event designed to highlight and tackle period poverty in the UK.
Tea Under Trees, 12th May, 11:00-18:00 (Two Sittings)
A celebration of the great outdoors, creativity and award-winning local food. Bake My Day will be serving their legendary Afternoon Tea in This Green Moon’s ancient woodland at Swillington Organic Farm. Get filled with wonder and wellbeing.
Ticket Price: £55
Exhibition: Chef’s Hands Project by Joakim Blockstrom, 29th April-31st May
The Gallery at 164 will be running a photography exhibition throughout the festival; a project capturing chefs’ hands. The exhibition supports the Pilot Light Campaign which focuses on changing the way people think about, and act on, mental health issues, through addressing the industry-specific contexts and environments found in the hospitality sector, and in professional kitchens.
Ticket Price: Free
Food for Thought Dinner’s - A special collection of dinners, 19:00-23.59
Rainbow Junktion, part of the Real Junk Food Project network will be serving experimental, waste-free meals followed by provocative conversations on issues surrounding food.
Themes: Food Waste - 9th May, Healthy Food & Food Fads - 15th May, Food Poverty - 17t h May, Ethical Food - 22nd May, People's Banquet - 25th May - Pay As You Feel
Ticket Price: £25