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A huge Afro Caribbean food festival is taking over Kirkgate Market

The free-to-attend festival will celebrate an array of national dishes in a celebration of African and Caribbean heritage and culture.

A huge all-day African and Caribbean food festival is taking over Leeds’ Kirkgate market later this month – and it’s going to be completely free to attend.

Promising to be Leeds biggest Caribbean and African food festival, those heading down will find a host of emerging and well-established food vendors cooking up and serving their mouth-watering recipes, many passed down throughout generations

Hosted by The Cultural Arts Heritage Circle (Nubian Noire), the free-to-attend festival will celebrate an array of national dishes in a celebration of African and Caribbean heritage and culture.

Maureen’s on Roundhay Road is one of the most recommended spots for Afro Caribbean food in Leeds / Image: thelastsuppernorth

Taking over Kirkgate Market’s food hall from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday, 28 August, there’ll be an array of food on offer here covering everything from Barbadian to Gambian cuisine.

There’ll also be arts and crafts stalls as well as calypso music playing at the event, so if you’re sad to be missing out on Leeds West Indian Carnival this year you can still head down for a dance.

It’s all being put together by Nubian Noire, also known as The Cultural Arts Heritage Circle – first set up in 2019. The woman behind the project, Dionne Edwards, is on a mission to support BAME businesses and young entrepreneurs as small business battles its way out of the pandemic.

Black businesses have been particularly affected by the pandemic, according to Dionne, especially those within hospitality – so she was especially keen for Nubian Noire to do something to help support the community.

Safe to say, if you’re a fan of Afro Caribbean food you won’t want to miss this.

The food festival is free to attend but you will need to register in advance to secure a place. To register for your ticket, click here.

Alternatively, if you’re a trader who would like to take part in the festival then you can email artsheritagecircle@gmail.com.

Feature image – rightgoodgrub.

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