Leeds Indie Food announces 10 day food festival with huge new line-up for culinary celebrations

Your ultimate food guide for May.

Leeds biggest celebration of independent food and drink is back for another year.

Returning for 2022, Leeds Indie Food has announced this morning that they will be hosting a mini festival spanning across a whopping ten days.

Kicking things off on Thursday 19 May 2022, Leeds city centre will be showcasing the finest of Leeds independent culinary talent, with plenty of unique experience, one-off collaborations and exciting events to get involved in.

Expect big names like Ox Club and Kirkstall Brewery to come together to create an exclusive taster menu, filling tables with produce from God’s Own Country as well as celebrating beers old and new to provide the perfect pairing.

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Rolling Social Events is also teaming up with The Tetley and Starward Whisky and Plantation Rum with Bastard Bistro to offer the ultimate booze experience. Expect local supper clubs across the city to take pride and place on the calendar, whilst vegan yoga and brunch services will offer daytime food and drink with a difference.

The likes of handmade pasta specialists Sarto collab with renowned Latitude is also a must-visit experience that will offer a five-course pairing meal including wine, aperitifs and digestifs to compliment the service as part of Leeds Indie Food’s festivities.

If that’s not enough, Friends of Ham will be sharing an exclusive five-course taster menu paired with wines, beers and cocktails- each of which will be introduced and inspired by a clip from Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, an award-winning video from the celebrated chef’s food and travel show.

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Stuzzi will be also transport diners through the senses with an evening of ‘zero miles dining’, a menu which highlights local independent suppliers, changing on a weekly basis to make space for farmers, foragers and more.

Little Bao Boys will also making an appearance over the Leeds Indie Food period with one of their well known Laksa evenings.

The mini food festival and culinary events are timed with the launch of the new Leeds Indie Food website: which will act as a promotional tool and an “inclusive hub for Leeds’ independent businesses all year round”.

Simon Fogal, Founder of Leeds Indie Food has commented on the launch: “What can be said about the last couple of years that hasn’t already been said? Like all hospitality businesses we pivoted constantly as we went from our annual festival in May to signposting people to indies, creating supportive merch, hampers, magazines and more. 

We listened to businesses and helped initiate Chow Down at Temple Arches. The time has come to start back, telling our story and raising the profile of some of the smaller indies as well as the bigger boys, really trying to put Leeds on this map.

The mini-festival is here but we are planning so much more, we have set ourselves some big goals and are planning a lot of initiatives too. We want to celebrate indie culture too, having a thriving indie food scene helps a city tell a story, so we want to strengthen this part. To get involved (everyone is welcome) just contact us via our website.” 

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Tickets for Leeds Indie Food 2022 are on sale now on the newly launched website. For more information, including to book your seat at the table, visit the LIF website.

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