Hey pals! Can you believe that it's almost that time again? The Leeds Indie Food Festival was definitely one of the highlights of last year, and it's back again with even bigger and better events. They've just released the tickets for everything so I thought I'd pull together a little round-up of the events that I've got my eye on...
Paul's been buzzing about Leeds Feast ever since last year, and he marked it in the calendar as soon as the dates were released. This is an unticketed event, so just turn up and get ready to gorge yourself silly on some of the UK's best street food. This year it's spread over Belgrave, Headrow House and Northern Monk Brewery - some of the coolest venues in town - and it's sure to be a good couple of days. See you there, yeah?
In Defence of Plants
I've already booked my spot for this brunch, hosted by two of my favourite foodie ladies - Sarah Lemanski from Noisette Bakehouse and Izy Hossack from Top With Cinnamon. It's a bit of a departure for me; as suggested by the title it's a plant-based menu, and I'm excited to try something new!
Edible Art Show: City of Cake
Last year's exhibition was one of my favourite parts of the festival, and this year The Tattooed Bakers are stepping it up a notch with an 'awe inspiring architectural representation of our city’s cultural landscape'. Made of cake. Yep. The exhibition is running for a week, so don't miss out on the chance to catch a glimpse of this masterpiece!
50x50: A Night At The Spa
This is the stuff that my dreams are made of. Truly. Sadly, I think the price tag may preclude me from going (new kitchens don't buy themselves, unfortunately) but I'm sure I'm going to regret it when I see photos. You might already know that Norse is one of my favourite restaurants, and one of the most exciting places to dine in Yorkshire, and for this event they're making the trip to Leeds for one night only with an ambitious FIFTY course Nordic tasting menu, matched with beverages from some of the finest Yorkshire drinks producers. Be still my beating heart... When you put it like that, it really sounds like a bargain.
The Swine That Dines at Lazy Lounge: Cocktails and Canapes
Two of Leeds most well-respected foodies are teaming up for two of my favourite courses - cocktails and canapes! The Swine That Dines is renowned for their innovative food, and the cocktails from Lazy Lounge have been described as 'exuberant'. Now that's my kind of evening...
Chef: The Experience
This was one of the best things that I did last year (second to marrying Paul, of course!) and I've been raving about it to everyone who will listen ever since. If you only do one Leeds Indie Food thing this year, make it this. Have you ever been watching someone cook on TV and wished you had a plate of what they're making in front of you? Well, Belgrave are gonna make your dreams come true. Sit back and watch the wonderful, happy-making film Chef whilst being served the delicious food from the screen. You'll be buzzing afterwards, I promise.
An Evening with Fu-Schnikens
Street food legends Fu-Schnikens are bringing their infamous asian cuisine to Ox Club for a one-off pop-up experience. I've heard theirs going to be sake, so you know it's going to be a good night.
Turning Tables: A Cous Cous Bang Bang Supper Club
If you've ever read Thom's blog then you'll probably have giggled at his reviews and drooled over his food. Making his supper club debut, Thom's working with The Grub & Grog Shop to bring you five mysterious courses inspired by the Tripadvisor Top 10 and all proceeds are being donated to The Trussell Trust. Good food and a good cause? I'm there.
Women / Art / Food: A Woman's Place
Do you know what I love? Pudding? Do you know what I love more than pudding? Pudding and booze. Do you know what I love even more than that? Six courses of pudding with matched drinks inspired by and honouring six powerful women from the patisserie and confectionary trade. It's almost like they made this event for me.