From family-friendly food festivals to one-off collaborations, get your diaries filled with these must-do foodie events.
Leeds’ events calendar is chock-a-block with events that foodies will love. Pick from immersive food tasting experiences or check out one-off collaborations between the city’s top eateries. Fancy a family-friendly day out? You’re spoilt for choice with food and drink festivals too. So round up your fellow foodies and scoff away ’til your heart’s content.
Pub in the Park
This summer, Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge will bring his renowned food and drink festival Pub in the Park to Leeds for the very first time. Roundhay Park will come alive with pop-up eateries like from the country’s best chefs. Kerridge’s own The Hand & Flowers will be there alongside Angela Hartnett’s Cafe Murano. All this while artists like Tom Odell and Basement Jaxx play live.
Pub in the Park takes place at Roundhay Park on Sunday 2nd June 2019. Afternoon session tickets are £30 for adults, evening session tickets are £45 for adults and weekend tickets for every session are £165 for adults.
The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival
The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival is the largest vegan festival in Britain, with over 80 stalls to work your way through. Expect double-stack burgers, seitan hotdogs and and ice-creams loaded with sweets, plus plenty of food samples to pick up. You can also catch cooking demonstrations and settle down for a range of talks throughout the day all in the splendour of Leeds Town Hall.
The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival takes place at Leeds Town Hall on Sunday 12th May 2019. Tickets are £5.
Leeds Food and Drink Festival 2019
Leeds Food and Drink Festival will return to Millennium Square for another three-day extravaganza that brings an eclectic array of vendors to the heart of the city. From Buffalo burgers to Yorkshire pudding wraps, there’ll be something for everyone to sink their teeth into. Expect stalls full of sweet treats too, as well as live demonstrations and pop-up bars kitted out with deck chairs.
Leeds Food and Drink Festival 2019 takes place at Millennium Square from Friday 28th June to Sunday 30th June 2019. Free entry.
Eat North at North Brewing Co.
Eat North is back for another summer of Saturday street food takeovers at North Brewing Co. There’ll be six different traders available from midday ’til late every week. You can tuck into scrumptious bao buns from Little Bao Boy, lavish donuts from Doh’hut and tantalising tacos from Tacoporium, as a host of the North’s best vendors come to Leeds. Bringing the kids? They’re more than welcome too, with loads of fun games and activities.
Eat North takes place at North Brewing Co. every Saturday throughout the summer of 2019. Free entry.
Sneaky Experience present Feast and Fiesta
Part of the Leeds Indie Food line-up, Feast and Fiesta is an immersive food festival that will bring Kirkstall Abbey to life with a buzzing carnival atmosphere. As you roam the grounds you’ll pass a mish-mash of street food stalls alongside plenty of booze shacks, topped off with carnival performers dancing to a constant flow of latin rhythms.
Sneaky Experience Feast and Fiesta takes place at Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday 11th May 2019. Tickets are £15.
The North Leeds Food Festival
The North Leeds Food Festival will return to Roundhay Park with a whole host of food from around the world. You can tuck into pad thai, paella and churros from the street food stalls or head to one of two artisan markets, where you can gorge on cured meats and extravagant brownies. Wash it all down with a tipple from one the eight independent bars while you move your feet to the live music.
The North Leeds Food Festival takes place at Rounday Park from Saturday 22nd June to Sunday 23rd June 2019. Adult tickets start at £7.98 for the full weekend.
Taco and Tequila at Water Lane Boathouse
Taco and Tequila will centre around Mexico’s national drink and its foodie counterpart. The canal-side venue will take you from morning to night with 12 hours of tequila and street food, which can be enjoyed in their spacious outdoor area. Mexican food vendor Smoqued have already signed up to serve you treats, and they cook up everything from tacos to fried chicken.
Taco and Tequila takes place at Water Lane Boathouse on Saturday 3rd August 2019. Free entry.
Dine, Donuts and Drink Date Night
Dine, Donuts and Drink Date Night is a unique food-pairing evening that will take place at Northern Monk. It’s a one-off collaboration between Temple Coffee & Donuts, the city’s top donut connoisseurs, and The Holy Mountain Kitchen, who serve up mean Mexican street food. To put a ‘Baz Luhrmann’ spin on the evening, the dress code is dedicated to the 90s Romeo and Juliet film.
Dine, Donuts and Drink Date Night will take place at Northern Monk Refectory on Wednesday 15th May 2019. Tickets are £25.
Head to the Bombay Speakeasy and delve into five food and drink pairings in a 1930s bar setting. Indian street food eatery Bundobust will serve up flavour-filled bites while Below Stairs mix up the experiential cocktails to match. Each course will be a nod to India’s food and drink culture and will be inspired by key moments in the country’s history.
Bombay Speakeasy takes place at Below Stairs on Monday 20th May 2019. Tickets are £60.50.
Lotherton Hall Food and Drink Festival
The Food and Drink Festival at Lotherton Hall is one of the best in Leeds and it’s back this summer with three days of street food and local produce. It takes place in the grounds of the country house, where you can expect a traditional English hog roast alongside Spanish, Mexican and Italian street food. You can also head to the marquee to scoff homemade cakes or pick up jams and chutneys to take home.
Lotherton Hall Food and Drink Festival takes place at Lotherton Hall from Saturday 4th May to Monday 6th May 2019. Adult tickets start at £10 for the full weekend.
Hands on Sensuality
Hands on Sensuality is a 10-course tasting menu that celebrates female sensual pleasure. Ooh-er. And it’s done very differently, because each course will be served on your fingers, hands and wrists, to take you on a whole new sensory experience. The creative meal will be followed with a talk about the taboos of female sexual pleasure from Dr Annalise Weckesser from Birmingham City University.
Hands on Sensuality takes place at Cafe 164 on Thursday 16th May and Friday 17th May 2019. Tickets are £35.