It’s that time of year again as the city’s foodies come out to play at the annual Leeds Food & Drink Festival – so what have they got lined up for us this year?
Straight off the back of the wildly successful Leeds Indie Food comes the city’s biggest foodie festival, promising two weeks of tantalising events. So whether you’re looking to pick up locally-produced, seasonal ingredients or a spot of street food, there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy.
This year, it’s a rather smaller affair than previously, with a selection of the festival’s regular events crossing over with Leeds Indie Food this bank holiday weekend to make up the all singing, all dancing Leeds Food Month.
First you’ll have to decide between Grapeful, the city’s first wine festival, and Leeds Feast, the grand finale of Leeds Indie Food – both of which will be taking place on Saturday 23rd May 2015. The former gives you the opportunity to try 100 wines from 12 different countries with food from George and Joseph and The Reliance, while the latter brings together some of the nation’s finest purveyors of street food for a two-day extravaganza (go on the Friday if you want to do both).
The next day, Briggate will be taken over by the monthly World Feast, so if you haven’t had your street food fill, you can pick up everything from burgers to jerk chicken on the city’s most lively shopping strip, all as part of Leeds Food & Drink Festival.
A week later, Kirkstall Abbey will be inundated with deliciousness as the Deli Market begins a two-day stint at the Leeds landmark on Saturday 30th May 2015. Expect 40 stalls of local produce and handmade crafts, giving you the opportunity to support local independents. And on the same day, Chaophraya will be showing folk how to make a delicious Thai feast, which you can, of course, tuck into after you’ve cooked it up yourself.
Leeds Love Cocktails will also return for 2015, with no less than 55 events, covering everything from tequila to whisky, with masterclasses, tastings and more running from Monday 1st to Sunday 7th June 2015 at venues across the city. Don’t worry, we’re going to cover that one soon – we know how you love a good cocktail.
And then there are the two main Leeds Food & Drink Festival events, which will run from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June 2015. Victoria Gardens will see Handmade in Yorkshire return for the third year, bringing with it 30 stalls of tempting local produce, and Cookridge Street will once again welcome the city’s street food vendors into the fold.
Meanwhile, over in Millennium Square, the annual Yorkshire Food and Drink Show brings together some of our favourite restaurants, including Bilbao, Gaucho and Boss Burgers, with boozy geniuses like The Maven and Kirkstall Brewery to make for a very tasty day out. As well as eating and drinking your way around the stalls, you’ll also be able to learn a recipe or two along the way.
Leeds Food & Drink Festival runs from Friday 22nd May 2015 to Sunday 7th June 2015 at various venues.
Leeds Feast image courtesy of Tom Joy.