One of the things that I love most about Leeds is the vibrant independent food scene. In fact, it's probably the thing that made me fall in love with both Leeds and with food blogging. To see so many passionate people creating such wonderful food and drink is incredibly inspiring, and in the last couple of years the number of collaborations between these fantastic businesses has grown to foster a true community spirit that is heart-warming and stomach-pleasing.
Leeds Indie Food are the new kids on the block but they're already making a splash. They're organising a collaborative, city-wide festival of independent food and drink culture scheduled for May 2015, designed to celebrate and nurture this awesome community. Unlike the council-backed Leeds Loves Food, this will be run by and for the independent businesses and will spread over the city rather than focus on one, jam-packed marketplace. Don't get me wrong, Leeds Loves Food is pretty ace, but this sounds even better. Tasting menus, cook-offs, special events and screenings. So much good stuff - I can't wait.
They've launched a Kickstarter project to raise some start-up and promotional costs (£6750) to get this off the ground. Although the team behind Leeds Indie Food are working as a labour of love, the money will go to pay other independent businesses for things like advertising, design and printing. I've already thrown some cash their way and if you're a Leeds local (or even if you're not!) it would be fantastic if you checked out their page for more information and maybe to donate a quid or two to what is sure to be a fantastic event.