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15 Foodie (and Boozy) Events to Put in Your Diary Right Now

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Don’t miss this summer’s must-do foodie events.

Black Swan Chef's Table

From beer festivals to unusual brunches, there are some delectable events for foodies to devour in the coming months.

With a slew of amazing events in the pipeline, there’s absolutely no reason to go hungry (or thirsty) over the next few months. You’ve got everything from one-off tasting menus to magical mystery tours and food-themed quizzes, so there really is something for everyone. The question is – which one will you choose?

Mucky Duck’s Chef’s Table and Wine Tasting

Black Swan Chef's Table

Credit: Elouisa Georgiou

Mucky Duck is a fine dining destination hidden above Black Swan on Call Lane – and this April you can spend an evening with Head Chef Oliver Edwards for a special 6 course dinner and wine tasting. Expect a menu of inventive dishes that present the ingredients you know and love in new ways – from slow cooked lamb breast with anchovy and salsa verde to passionfruit curd tart with raspberry and sorrel sorbet. Each dish will be expertly paired with a glass of wine, so this really will be a night to remember. But (there’s always a but) it’s now sold out, so the only way to get tickets is to WIN them.

Mucky Duck’s Chef’s Table and Wine Tasting is at Black Swan on Thursday 27th April 2017.

Lotherton Hall Food and Drink Festival

Lotherton Hall, Leeds

A landmark in itself, now you have another reason to visit Lotherton Hall, as their food festival is set to return over the May bank holiday. They’ll have a huge marquee full of local producers, selling everything from jams to gins to take home, as well as a hot food court that’s packed with the best street food vendors from around Yorkshire – what will it be? A burrito or a hog roast?

Lotherton Hall Food and Drink Festival is at Lotherton Hall from Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May 2017.

LS6 Beer Festival

Preview: LS6 Beer Festival 2015

LS6 Beer Festival returns at the start of May for its seventh year. It will take place at Left Bank church in Burley, and the stunning venue will be packed full of the best local breweries. From Ilkley to Saltaire, Northern Monk and North Brewing Co, you’re in for a real treat. It isn’t all about the beer though, as LS6 is renowned for its selection of British ciders, and they will have an impressive line-up of live music and street food across the weekend too.

LS6 Beer Festival is at Left Bank Leeds from Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th May 2017.

School Diner

School Diner

Credit: Jessie Leong

One of the standout events of Leeds Indie Food festival, the School Diner will be taking over Chapel Allerton Primary School again this May. Spread across three days, it brings together street food, live music and family-friendly entertainment to create a day out that everyone will love. From the Pizza Bus to the craft fair, the brass bands to the circus skills workshops, it’s the perfect excuse to get the little ones out of the house.

School Diner is at Chapel Allerton Primary School on Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May 2017.

Big Fat Food Quiz of the Year

Northern Monk

Credit: Jessie Leong

Think you know your brioche from your baguette? Prove it at the Big Fat Food Quiz of the Year at Northern Monk. Their regular quizmasters, A Tribe Called Quiz, are going all out to create a foodie quiz to remember. So round up a group (you can have up to 10 people on your team) and start swatting up. It’s not all questions either – they have Ready, Steady, Cook style sections that may get a little messy.

Big Fat Food Quiz of the Year is at Northern Monk on Tuesday 16th May 2017.

North Bar Magical Mystery Tour

North Bar Magical Mystery Tour

They sold out the last one, so don’t miss the second and final North Bar Magical Mystery Tour at this year’s Leeds Indie Food. You’ll begin your evening at The Cross Keys for a pint before boarding a bus that takes you to each of North’s venues in the Otley, Meanwood, Harrogate, Chapel Allerton and Oakwood, with drinks and snacks at each one before you return to the city centre.

North Bar Magical Mystery Tour is at various North Bar venues on Friday 19th May 2017.

Around the World Supper Club

The Messy Cook, Cath Kane, is back with another Around the World Supper Club at The Union this May. The Leeds based food blogger prides herself on creating unusual concoctions that blend elements of cuisines from across the globe all together in one dish. Chances are you won’t have tried anything like it before, and that’s why exactly why you need to go – that, and the fact each dish is paired with a glass of wine throughout the night.

Around the World Supper Club is at The Union Coffee House on Saturday 20th May 2017.

Bundo Brunch


Credit: Jessie Leong

After Laynes Espresso invaded Bundobust during last year’s Leeds Indie Food, this time around they’re swapping places. The Bundobust team are taking over Laynes’ kitchen for one day only, creating a unique brunch menu that’s sure to go down a storm. After last year’s sell out event, they’re opening it up on a first come, first served basis for 2017, so don’t hang around.

Bundo Brunch is at Laynes Espresso on Saturday 20th May 2017.


#LeedsBig Lunch

One of the big new events for Leeds Indie Food 2017 is the #LeedsBigLunch at Victoria Gardens. It takes the form of a free street party that’s open to any and all. You’ll sit down with new faces, getting to know Leeds folk you’d never meet otherwise, all while eating your own packed lunch or trying out the pay-as-you-feel dishes from The Real Junk Food Project. There will also be games and fancy dress to make it an afternoon to remember.

#LeedsBigLunch is at Victoria Gardens on Friday 26th May 2017.

Wetherby Beer Festival

Beer, ale

20 minutes outside the city centre, Wetherby Beer Festival is one of the most popular events on the calendar for real ale lovers. To cope with the demand, 2017 will see them open up a day early on Friday evening. They’ll have 20 real ales from the likes of Real Yorkshire Ales, Isaac Poad Brewery and Collingham Ales, as well as a cider bar and a wine bar. You can line your stomach with pie and peas or at the barbecue, and there’s live music, children’s activities and a raffle across the weekend too.

Wetherby Beer Festival is at Wetherby at St James Church on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May 2017.

Whitelock’s Victorian Banquet

Victorian Banquet at Whitelock's

Credit: Martyn Butler

The historic Whitelock’s is one of Leeds’ oldest pubs and it’s delving into its past for this Leeds Indie Food event in May. The Victorian pub decor isn’t the only trip back into 19th century Leeds, as they’re concocting a special menu using recipes inspired by the pub’s Victorian golden years, dishing up food that hasn’t been seen for generations.

Whitelock’s Victorian Banquet is at Whitelock’s on Monday 28th May 2017.

Collingham Real Ale Festival

Beer Festival

Kick off June by heading out to Collingham for their annual charity beer festival. You can try out 30 Yorkshire ales at the Memorial Hall, from the likes of Black Sheep Brewery, Roosters and Whippet Brewing Co, all while giving a little something back as they raise money for the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association. They also have cider, wine and Pimms, with Morris dancing, live music and street food stalls.

Collingham Real Ale Festival is at Collingham Memorial Hall on Saturday 3rd June 2017.

Leeds Loves Cocktails

Masterclass Leeds Loves Cocktails

Leeds is going cocktail crazy for seven days this June with the return of Leeds Loves Cocktails. The citywide event will see 36 of the city’s bars, including The Maven, Manahatta and Headrow House, team up with renowned spirits brands to put on a slew of amazing events, from cocktail masterclasses to tasting dinners, parties and competitions. The collaborations and events are yet to be announced, but if you love cocktails you’ll want to be a part of it.

Leeds Loves Cocktails is at various Leeds venues from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th June 2017.

Afternoon of Cake


Afternoon of Cake is exactly what it says on the cake tin. It promises cake decorating demonstrations led by Paul Bradford, Emma Ball, Tracey Rothwell and Mish Pattinson – they’ll each start with a blank cake, giving you hints and tips to help you make your own cakes look fabulous. That’s followed by afternoon tea, cake chat and a visit to The Cake Decorating Company’s pop-up shop.

Afternoon of Cake is at DoubleTree by Hilton on Monday 26th June 2017.

Leeds Gin Festival

Leeds Gin festival

If gin’s your drink of choice, the event of the summer will be the Leeds Gin Festival at the Town Hall. There are more than 100 different gins to discover, including some you won’t be able to try anywhere else in the city. You can work your way around each stall, trying gins as you go, or sign up to one of the many cocktail masterclasses and gin tastings they have lined up. Oh, and there’s street food too.

Leeds Gin Festival is at Leeds Town Hall on Friday 30th June 2017.

Feature image copyright Elouisa Georgiou.