Leeds’ annual Food and Drink Festival is back for its eighth year with a hungry ambition to become the biggest and best urban food festival in the UK.
The tastebud-tingling festival, in association with Asda, will offer a deliciously diverse range of gastronomic delights and edible experiences across the entire breadth of the cosmopolitan city over a full 17-day period, from Friday 23rd May until Sunday 8th June.
Foodies can really indulge their senses at over 20 food and drink related events that will take place across the city’s restaurants and bars, ranging from secret pop-up restaurants and supper clubs, to beer-brewing classes and cookery classes spanning every multi-national cuisine imaginable. The city will use the festival to highlight its pioneering position as a vibrant hub for street food in the UK, an emerging trend in its already highly reputable food and drink scene.
The festival will culminate in the three-day Yorkshire Food and Drink Show, which takes place from 6th to 8th June in Millennium Square, and boasts more than 100 exhibitors showcasing the region’s finest food and drink offerings including everything from pork popcorn and bird’s nest soup, to watermelon Carpaccio and edible Japanese clay.
If you’re passionate about Yorkshire produce, the event promises the very best in new food and drink combinations to stimulate the senses. There’ll be live cookery demonstrations from leading chefs, artisan food specialists exhibiting rare produce, traditional real ales, Pimms and cocktail bars and some of Yorkshire’s finest restaurants serving their signature dishes.
Leeds emerges as a ‘tour de force’ in food
To celebrate the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire in July, join in the ‘Grand DeParty’, a French section at the show where you’ll be able to sample French-themed produce from the city’s top French restaurants, including Kendells Bistro and Brasserie Blanc.
Be one of the lucky ones this year and nab a spot in the city’s most exclusive private dining room…
Pop-up private dining room, The Pink Shed, is back at Trinity Leeds from 23rd May – 8th June and will offer just 70 lucky food lovers the chance to be rewarded with a gastronomic surprise. With just one table of eight and hosted by a different Leeds restaurant each day, it’s an exclusive dining experience that everyone wants a piece of.
One for the kids…
Boomerang Jam Kid’s Festival launches at The Tetley and offers kids and families an eclectic mix of fun entertainment and delicious food stalls. A perfect event for parents who want to keep their little ones entertained whilst they sample the delights on offer.
Skip the meat and indulge your inner herbivore
Veg Out, a two-day vegetarian food and drink festival, will hit Wharf Chambers from 31st May – 1st June. Try out the huge array of tasty vegetarian dishes on offer, whilst enjoying music and art.
Stock up on regional produce in one of the city’s most historical sites
The Kirkstall Deli market will take place at Kirkstall Abbey from 24th-25th May. Over
40 food and drink stalls will be selling regional food and produce, all in the setting of the scenic ruins of one of the UK’s best preserved abbeys.
Support local producers…
From 6th-8th June, Leeds Markets will be hosting Handmade in Yorkshire in Victoria Gardens, an event featuring local producers and makers, plus cooking demonstrations and street entertainment.
More than 60,000 people attended the Yorkshire Food and Drink show last year and there’s even more visitors expected to descend upon the city this year to sample its eclectic food and drink scene.
To visit Leeds for a short break whilst the festival is running, go to www.visitleeds.co.uk to plan your break and book your story.
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