Fes­ti­val hun­gry for suc­cess

CITY OF GOOD TASTE: Leeds is cel­e­brat­ing the re­gion’s finest fare, says Grace Ham­mond.

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EEDS’S an­nual Food and Drink Fes­ti­val is un­der­way, with more than 60,000 ex­tra vis­i­tors ex­pected to de­scend on the city for its 17-day pro­gramme of foodie events.

Back for its eighth year, its am­bi­tion is to be­come the big­gest and best ur­ban food fes­ti­val in the UK. In as­so­ci­a­tion with part­ners Asda, the fes­ti­val will host se­cret pop-up restaurants and sup­per clubs, beer-brew­ing mas­ter classes and cook­ery demon­stra­tions from around the world. Later this year, Leeds will wel­come the UK Street Food Awards.

Deb­o­rah Copeland, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at or­gan­is­ers Leeds and Part­ners, said: “Leeds Food and Drink Fes­ti­val re­turns for its ninth con­sec­u­tive year, big­ger and bet­ter than ever. Our am­bi­tion is to es­tab­lish the Leeds Food and Drink Fes­ti­val as the big­gest and best ur­ban food fes­ti­val in the UK.”

The grand fes­ti­val fi­nale will be the an­nual three-day York­shire Food and Drink Show in Mil­len­nium Square – backed by The York­shire Post – from June 6 to 8, fea­tur­ing hun­dreds of food pro­duc­ers, sig­na­ture dishes from city restaurants and ar­ti­san food spe­cial­ists. Some of the city’s renowned street food vans will be there too, show­ing their vi­brant of­fer­ings.

To tie in with the ar­rival of the Tour de France in July, at the Grand DeParty, a French sec­tion at the show, vis­i­tors will sam­ple pro­duce from restaurants in­clud­ing Ken­dells Bistro and Brasserie Blanc.

The full sched­ule of events is avail­able at www.leeds­foodand­drink­fes­ti­val.com. in Brad­ford and Prashad, the fam­ily-run veg­e­tar­ian restau­rant in Drigh­ling­ton will be sell­ing In­dian street food and ar­ti­san beer.

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The Kirk­stall Deli mar­ket con­cludes to­day with more than 40 food and drink stalls, against the back­drop of scenic abbey ru­ins in Leeds. Free park­ing at Abbey House Mu­seum and free en­try to the Abbey Vis­i­tor Cen­tre with toi­lets and baby change fa­cil­i­ties.

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From June 6 to 8, Leeds Mar­kets will be host­ing Hand­made in York­shire in Vic­to­ria Gar­dens. The event will fea­ture 30 stalls show­cas­ing food and crafts, There will also be cook­ing demon­stra­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties from 10am-6pm.

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BIG­GER AND BET­TER: Chef Bhu­van Sap­kota in ac­tion, while crowds en­joy the sun­shine and the fine fare at the York­shire Food and Drink Show in Mil­len­nium Square, Leeds.

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