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