Leeds Indie Food

A group of food fanatics boasting a restaurateur, street food vendors, food bloggers and media moguls are ready to serve up the inaugural Leeds Indie Food Festival, a brand new food and drink festival coming to Leeds in May 2015. Running across Leeds and surrounding areas May 7 – 24 next year, the festival will incorporate the brand new event Leeds Feast that will be held at The Tetley in Leeds.


Spread over two weeks and three weekends, the Leeds Indie Food Festival will reach out to a whole range of people and look to bring other food fanatics into Leeds and celebrate the incredible independent scene. Expect your favourite independent to run a selection of great events including, tasters, beer collaborations, workshops and cookery classes. A selection of food films and documentaries will take place throughout the festival weeks with workshops designed for kids as well as adults.

A unique way of looking at things has also come in the way of the Leeds Indie Food Passport. Launching today, the passport gets you discount at indie shops, special products, priority access to events, special menus plus full access to the closing party. The idea is that during the festival weeks, you can go around the Cafes, Bars, and Restaurants collecting stamps, redeeming discounts, purchasing exclusive products and getting special festival sample tasters with the hope of discovering something new. The passport is being supported via The City Talking. By sponsoring the Leeds Indie Food Passport The City Talking will be helping to support and promote independents in Leeds, using the TCT platforms online and in print.

“The idea for the passport came about after we realised that nobody would want to wear a festival wristband for more than a few days. So we had to come up with something that people could use to get into events whilst also picking up rewards, discounts and special dishes at participating indies” Katy Lanceley, Leeds Indie Food co-founder

Leeds Indie Food started as an idea in June 2014 and the team have been meeting weekly to plan the festival. A successful Kickstarter finished on 9th November, raising the initial target (£6,750) within nine days. The group also came up with a great incentive. Any money made over the target they would give 50% to a fund for individuals or sole traders to pitch for and put on events during the festival. This will help anyone from food bloggers to home bakers to participate, and the pot currently stands at over £1,000.

“The response was incredible.  Since we launched the kickstarter we have met so many businesses and individuals all willing this to do well. We get to shout about some incredible people both new and established and a range of sectors. “ Matt Dix, Leeds Indie Food co-founder

Leeds Feast

The Leeds Feast is a new concept into Leeds and will close the festival on the bank holiday weekend. Taking place at The Tetley, both inside and outside, the full line-up will be revealed in due time but the event will house up to 30 independent food traders plus craft beer tent, cocktails, children’s area and activities. Alongside two days of Q & A’s, music, dining clubs, films, art and much more. Leeds Feast will be the official closing party for the first ever Leeds Indie Food Festival.

 “Leeds Feast is something that has been on the cards for a while, through the success of Belgrave Feast we are taking this outside and making it 10 times bigger. It felt right to launch it during Leeds Indie Food Festival brand too and offer a closing party like no other” Simon Stevens, Leeds Feast, Belgrave Music Hall

“As a fellow independent in the city about to celebrate our first year anniversary, we’re proud to be part of the burgeoning independent scene in Leeds. We’re pleased to welcome the shift in focus to the South Bank in hosting the Leeds Feast at The Tetley. This is a strong step in the right direction to celebrate the alternative options in Leeds with an opportunity to support both sustainability and culture.” Pippa Hale, Co-founder and Director. The Tetley.

Leeds has so much to look forward to next May with Leeds Indie Food and Leeds Loves Food.

“This is a great step forward in the Leeds and drink food scene. Leeds will get a whole month to celebrate food (with Leeds Loves Food too). We wanted to connect the scene and more importantly shout about the variety and produce of Leeds. We have asked some of the great events that take place to put on events during the festival weeks with the focus on collaborating, making sure we have variety and catering for a mix of age groups. Leeds has never had it so good ” Simon Fogal, Leeds Indie Food, I Like Press

The first confirmed events and businesses signed up are below. Leeds Indie Food passports are on sale now, priced just £12.5 (early bird).




AN EVENING WITH ‘THE HOUSE OF FU-SCHNIKENS’  – Fu-Schnikens taster menu and film screening – 13th MAY – TICKETED EVENT





Ever growing number of businesses involved include (A to Z):

Alfred, Arts Café, Awesome Merchandise, Banh mi Booth, Beacons Festival, The Beasty Boys, Beat Food, Belgrave Music Hall, Bundobust, Café 164, Canal Mills, The City Talking, Colours May Vary, Copper Productions, CopyStorm, The Cross Keys, Dough Boys Pizza, Duke Studios, Fish&, Food&_, Friends of Ham, Further North, Fu-Schnikens, The Gallery at Munro House, George and Joseph, Grub and Grog Shop, Hayley & Clifford, Hungry Bear, Hungry Sandwich Club, I Like Press, Latitude Wine, Laynes Espresso, Lazy Lounge, Leeds Bread Co-Op, Leeds Indie, Manjit’s Kitchen, Millies, Noisette Bakehouse, North Bar, North Bar Social, Northern Monk Brew Co, Northern Monk Refectory, Northern StrEats, North Star Coffee, Passport, Patty Smith Burgers, The Pizza Bus, Preston, Refresh Interactive, The Reliance, Salvos, Sela Bar, Shears Yard, Swillington Organic Farm, Tall Boys Beer Market, Tom Joy, Trestle, Wax Bar, Whip Until Fluffy, The Writing Squad.


Leeds Indie Food Festival will take place on May 7 – 24 2015

www.leedsindiefood.co.uk  – The passport is available online now priced £12.50 early bird.

Twitter: @leedsindiefood

Instagram: @leedsindefood

Facebook: /leedsindiefoodfestival

Leeds Feast Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517518048534863

PHOTO – http://bit.ly/LIF15photo Credit – Tom Joy

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Kirkby Malham Chorizo and Timothy Taylors Landlord

What a great combination…

Kirkby Malham Chorizo Crisps and Timothy Taylors Landlord

Kirkby Malham Chorizo Crisps and Timothy Taylors Landlord

Kirkby Malham Chorizo Crisps

Kirkby Malham Chorizo Crisps

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Northern Monk Brew Co

Northern Monk Brew Co and the Northern Monk Refectory, an exciting new Tap Room, Bottle Shop and kitchen. The Refectory is housed above the Northern Monk Brewery in Holbeck Urban Village, Leeds. It will feature a kitchen run by The Grub and Grog Shop too as well as a great bottle shop.

Northern Monk Brew Co Refectory 1

In conjunction with Northern Monk Brew Co, Gateway Brewing Co (Mumbai) and Bundobust, the Indian Spiced Ale is the very first Anglo-Indian collaboration beer. Developed last year when Russ from Northern Monk Brew Co visited India and finally tweaked at their new home in Leeds, this beer is brewed with saffron, cardamom & select other spices.

Northern Monk Brew Co Indian Spiced Ale

Northern Monk Brew Co.
The Old Flax Store
Marshalls Mill
LS11 9YJ
0113 243 6430

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MEATliquor has arrived up North! LEEDS

meat liquor leeds

MEATliquor leeds

BTW on our visit we rolled the die and got…..   A free round of shots!

Dead Hippy Burgers

Dead Hippy Burgers

Meat Liquor Leeds Decor

Meat Liquor Leeds Decor

Veggies go on the rampage



Bank Street, Leeds


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Kilnsey Show 2014 – Street Food in a Field!

For 2014 the food area at Kilnsey Show took another leap forward and was transformed into the Local Food Village with some fantastic local food in the Farmers Market and an eclectic mix of street food on offer.  Everything from Fish & Chips with a twist, through Hogroast to Chill Dogs and Mac N Cheese.

Local Food Village Kilnsey Show

Local Food Village Kilnsey Show

The food theatre featured some great local chefs including, Jon Rudden – Grassington House, Stephanie Moon – Rudding Park and Bruce Elsworth – The Angel at Hetton.

Kilnsey Show Cookery Theatre Jon Rudden

Kilnsey Show Cookery Theatre Jon Rudden

Kilnsey Show Crag

Kilnsey Show Crag

Kilnsey Show Grid Iron Cafe

Kilnsey Show Grid Iron Cafe

The Grid Iron pop up Cafe served some great food from the upsourced bar including the Chill Dog made with Longhorn Beef & Oxford Sandy Black Pork, Mac N Cheese with the great Dale End Cheddar and an array of local beers from Old Spot, Wharfebank and Copper Dragon Breweries.

Kilnsey Show Grid Iron Chilli Dog

Kilnsey Show Grid Iron Chilli Dog

Top ingredients and impeccable provenance, made in Kirkby Malham, Longhorn Beef, Oxford Sandy & Black pork and smoked Mangalitsa Pork, all sourced within a few miles…

Kilnsey Show Grid Iron Dale End Mac N Cheese

Kilnsey Show Grid Iron Dale End Mac N Cheese

Simple delights of Dale End Cheddar Mac N Cheese, every popular and a sell out.

Kilnsey Show Provenance

Kilnsey Show Provenance

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Malham Agricultural Show 2014

Another fantastic Malham Show was held on Saturday August the 23rd here in Malhamdale, the weather was very kind to us with a little shower late in the afternoon even bringing a rainbow…

Malham Show Sheep Pens

Malham Show Sheep Pens

Malham Show Rainbow 2014 Kate Rollason

Malham Show Rainbow 2014 Kate Rollason

Malham Show 2014 Matt Jackson

Malham Show 2014 Matt Jackson

malham show hogroast

Wildman Hogroast

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Win a Butchery Course with CoolPlaces & Yorkshire Chorizo

A Great opportunity for you to win a days Butchery Course for you and a friend with this competition from Yorkshire Chorizo in conjunction with coolplaces.co.uk

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Visit www.coolplaces.co.uk and enter to be in with a chance of winning this great prize, a days butchery course for two here on the farm in The Yorkshire Dales, learn knife skills, traditional Pork Butchery, curing and basic charcuterie.  You will also enjoy lunch with us at Town End Farm Shop in Airton near Malham/Skipton.  www.townendfarmshop.co.uk 

The founders of Rough Guides and Cool Camping have joined forces to create a brand new website http://www.coolplaces.co.uk “Our focus is on the authentic, independent and quirky, with each area explored personally by a local author”

Cool Places celebrates the glorious diversity of Great Britain, promoting the very best places to sleep, eat, drink, see, and shop. We particularly love the independent businesses that make the UK unique, from artisan bakers to farm shops, canoe trips to gastronomic tours, cool cafés to high-end restaurants and the tiniest B&B to the grandest boutique hotel.

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Cooks: The Carlton School of Food “a place to discover food”

Adam Smith of Burlington Restaurant First Guest Chef at the new Carlton School of Food

I have been following the progress of this fantastic new cookery school with interest and here is the first course offering in conjunction with Adam Smith from The Dev at Bolton Abbey.

Adam Smith, head chef of the Burlington Restaurant, The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey is the first guest chef to grace the kitchens at the recently launched Cooks, The Carlton School of Food in Yorkshire. Adam will be giving  budding cooks expert tips on how to create the perfect afternoon tea from his days at the Ritz at a class to be held on Thursday 8th May.

Adam Smith Burlington Restaurant Devonshire Arms Bolton Abbey

Adam Smith & Richard Walton

For this special class Adam Smith will be delivering the class with Cooks own executive chef, Richard Walton Allen, ex executive chef of Harvey Nichols restaurant in Leeds.

Together with Adam and Richard,  the bakers will prepare their own splendid tea, including finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, and delicious patisserie. The day also includes a tea tasting and talk from a professional tea expert.

If the sun is shining,  tea will be taken outside on the terrace, or in the Dutchess’ Dining Room. Everyone also has the opportunity to take a few cakes home, if they can resist eating them before the course ends.

This is a class for anyone wanting to learn more baking techniques or who simply enjoy the delightful ritual of the afternoon tea. It is open to all abilities.

The course is priced at £170 per person and  includes, morning coffee, full-day tuition, all ingredients, light lunch, apron and recipe folder to take home. The afternoon tea class runs from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

Smith, a former Roux scholar, joined the Burlington Restaurant in June 2013.  Winner of The Observer’s Young Chef of The Year Award 2012 Adam has created new and innovative menus at the Burlington Restaurant including the launch of a new signature afternoon tea.

Wendy Preston, Group Sales & Marketing Manager of Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants commented,  “We are absolutely delighted that our head chef, Adam Smith, has been asked to teach the very first afternoon tea master class at the wonderful Cooks. Adam has become quite a star here at The Dev and  his afternoon tea has been described as “the best afternoon tea outside London”.

Hailed as ‘a place to discover food’ – Cooks, The Carlton School of Food at Carlton Towers was officially opened to the public on 1st May 2014. Cooks invites guests to step back in time to discover the art of traditional cooking yet also focus on foods of the future, with a variety of classes for guests of all ages and abilities.

Cooks Team Carlton Tower

Cooks Team Carlton Tower

The School of Food is situated in the original kitchens of the Grade I listed house which is now the ancestral home of Lord & Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard and their three children.

The décor of Cooks combines the features and ambience of the original kitchen, whilst introducing all the latest modern technology.

The range agas and the butler’s pantry have been regenerated and new oak furniture has also been designed by local craftswoman Karan Main from The Main Furniture Company, Yorkshire.

Cooks Kitchen at Carlton Tower

Cooks Kitchen at Carlton Tower

Guests can also step back in time and see authentic pieces of history – including the original ‘Carlton Hall Table’ built in circa 1614 – which at almost 400 years old has remained in the house since it was built.

Cooks classes are available for up to 12 guests and prices for non-residential classes start from £170 for full day courses.

Cooks, The Carlton School of Food at Carlton Towers

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Yorkshire Speciality Beers – Ilkley Brewery

At Town End Farm Shop the range of Yorkshire Beers is increasing, through extensive research and exhaustive testing they now have a small but perfectly formed Yorkshire Beer selection including the full range from Ilkley Brewery. Ilkley Brewery LogoTown End Farm Shop The current stock includes Mary Jane, Joshua Jane, Ilkley Black, Ilkley Pale, Mayan, Siberia, The Chief (My favourite), Holy Cow, Lotus IPA, Dinner Ale, Worlds End & Longhorn.Christa-Sandquist Ilkley BreweryEarlier in the year my favorite female head brewer, Christa-Sandquist popped in to Town End Farm Shop to sample the Yorkshire tearoom wares and I was able to bore her with a full tour and lots of beer bore questions, (I was the bore not her!) .  If you have not tried some of the Yorkshire Ales then you really should, available in the tearoom or to take home.     Ilkley Brewery Deceptively Different Town End Farm Shop, Airton, Near Skipton, BD23 4BE www.townendfarmshop.co.uk

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Michelin chef confirmed for Dales Food Festival

Swinton Park’s charismatic Michelin-trained Chef Director, Stephen Bulmer, is one of the stars set to feature at the Dales Festival of Food and Drink taking place this Bank Holiday weekend.

Stephen will hold a seasonal foraging-themed demonstration on Monday 5th May at 1pm, cooking up treats using ingredients sourced straight from the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate in the Yorkshire Dales. Treats on offer will include Dandelion-Flower Bhajis, Wild Garlic Pesto, Nettle Risotto, Gorse Flower Pannacotta, Outdoor Rhubarb with Sweet Cicely.

Stephen runs the Swinton Park Cookery School at castle hotel, Swinton Park, where a range of classes are available including the ‘Wild About Food’ class. On this one-day course, guests begin by foraging on the estate for wild mushrooms, wood sorrel, rowan berries and wild garlic, before returning to the kitchen to create delicious gourmet dishes using the freshly sourced ingredients.

‘Wild About Food’ courses, run by Stephen Bulmer and foraging expert Chris Bax, take place on Friday 9th May and Thursday 16th October. For more details about this and other Swinton Park cookery courses please visit www.swintonpark.com/cookery-courses

Stephen Bulmer Swinton park


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