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Leeds Indie Food Festival kicks off its fifth year

Leeds Indie Food Festival kicks off this week, bringing an abundance of unique events, experiences and collaborations to the city for its fifth year. Whilst a host of events have already sold out, there’s still plenty of opportunities to get a slice of the action from family-friendly events to foodie film experiences and vegan dinners.


Leeds Indie Food 2019 sees some of our most intriguing and ambitious events. From Chefs Hands gallery, showing casing an amazing gallery of Chefs Hands, launch of new beers (Little Bao Boy first beer with North Brew Co, To Plant Styles launching their new night.


Experts of Beer and Wine meet at Bundobust, Porthouse Cake Co will also launch her bakery on the opening Friday night of the festival. #EatNorth takes on themes during the festival with Sea themed and Vegan version and finally a Bank holiday special. Taco Tuesday returns to Laynes. Family Den Building and workshops on Seiten making, spice blending and food photography.


The most intriguing event is Hands On Sensuality, which lets you explore a ten-course tasting menu served on your hands. Free to attend events include School Diner, The Pizza and Prosecco Festival, Waterlane Boathouse Feast and The Northern Food Fight at Northern Monk. Bloody Big Brunch will see the city try and address period poverty, a brunch in which you need to pay for entry with providing period products.


Newcomers to the festival are Vice And Virtue, Moortown Kitchen, Janes Lawson, Spice and Green, Kachumber Kitchen, Copper Spoon Cakery and more

Collaboration Menus from Tapped Pizza (teaming up with Bundobust and Doner Summer), Whitelocks Yorkshire Pudding menu (Neon Cactus, The Brunswick), Bluebird Bakery (Banh & Mee., Owt and Manjits Kitchen), fettle (teaming up with Tarbetts) , Sebby’s teaming up with Luigi Street Food/ Growing Better and also Frankly Delicious and The NuMylk.


Leeds Cocktail Hours - Sunday to Thursday 5pm-7pm during the festival - £5 cocktails - including, Poison Cocktail Lounge, Hedonist, The Wardrobe, Brotherhood, cuckoo, Call Lane Social, Tiki Hideaway, Neon Cactus all showcasing the collaborations of the bars.


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 – 16thMay & 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

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