Gregg Wallace backs ‘Leeds Food Month’


-TV presenter sampled the city’s culinary delights as Leeds launches first ‘Food Month’-

Gregg Wallace shares a pint with Northern Monk Brewery founder Russell B...

A month-long celebration of food and drink in Leeds starts today and has been given the seal of approval by one of the UK’s most famous foodie faces – the BBC’s Gregg Wallace.

The ‘Masterchef’ host visited the city to launch the inaugural Leeds Food Month and record a special film about some of the city’s best-loved food and drink destinations.

During his visit Gregg met brewers, bakers and chefs to learn more about the dynamic and delicious Leeds food and drink scene and to find out what visitors can expect during the four-week programme of food heaven.

Rola Wala and Northern Bloc in Trinity Kitchen, authentic Thai restaurant Sukhothai and independent start-ups Leeds Bread Cooperative and Northern Monk Brewery were all paid a visit by Gregg and the exuberant food-lover was delighted with what he saw.

Gregg said: “I’d heard great things about the food and drink scene in Leeds and couldn’t wait to get stuck in and try it out for myself.  I’m really impressed with everything I’ve tried in the city – but even more so with the passion of the people I’ve met.  Leeds Food Month should be a very special few weeks and from what I’ve experienced – and tasted – I’m sure that it’ll be a fantastic celebration of the food of Yorkshire.”

Behind the scenes with Gregg Wallace and Northern Monk Brewery's Russell...

Leeds Food Month kicks off with the Leeds Indie Food Festival taking place from May 7- May 24, 2015 leading into the Leeds Food and Drink Festival starting on May 22, 2015. The month then culminates in the three-day Yorkshire Food and Drink Show in Millennium Square featuring more than 100 exhibitors including some of the region’s best restaurants and producers from June 5-7, 2015.

Leeds Food Month kicks off with the Leeds Indie Food Festival taking place from May 7- May 24, 2015 leading into the Leeds Food and Drink Festival starting on May 22, 2015. The month then culminates in the three-day Yorkshire Food and Drink Show in Millennium Square featuring more than 100 exhibitors including some of the region’s best restaurants and producers from June 5-7, 2015.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Leeds Food and Drink Festival, and the fourth in association with Asda. The festival which takes place over two-weeks has something for food lovers of all ages to enjoy, including special menus, offers and events that will take visitors on a culinary tour of the city.

Thousands from across the country are expected to flock to the city to discover a whole host of gastronomic treats from gourmet dishes to brilliant burgers and everything in between. Beer experts and cocktail connoisseurs are sure to find plenty to savour too, thanks to the Leeds’ exciting and ever-growing bar scene.

Visitors can explore mouth-watering markets and enjoy special offers from some of the city’s most popular eateries and bars.  Events also include a Thai cookery class with Chaopraya, a culinary tour of Italy with Ipsum Vinoteca, and Leeds’ first pop-up wine festival Grapeful where guests can sample up to 100 wines from around the world in the stunning surroundings of Leeds Town Hall

The Leeds Food and Drink Festival will culminate in the renowned Yorkshire Food and Drink Show, taking place in Millennium Square from June 5-7, 2015.  This spectacular event is free to attend and brings together some of the most famous names from the Leeds food scene with over 20 chefs taking part.  Unique market stalls sit alongside a live demo kitchen where chefs prepare delicious fresh food for guests.

For more information on Leeds Food Month visit to download the festival ‘menu’, or for regular updates follow @LeedsFoodFest on Twitter.

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Cooking Tips for Jersey Royals with Chef Steve Smith

Jersey Royals season has just begun, and here is our friend Michelin Star Chef Steve Smith showing how to best cook the delicious potatoes.  Steve Smith was Head Chef at The Devonshire, Bolton Abbey and is now at the Bohemia Restaurant in Jersey.

  • Crushed Jersey Royals, Olive Oil, Chopped Chives, Capers, Chopped Green Olives.
  • Boiled Jersey Royals in Herb Butter Emulsion, Chopped Shallots, Chopped Chives.

Known as the ‘Champagne’ of the potato world, they are only available until July, and have a distinct nutty flavour which is due to being grown in a mild climate, as Jersey is one of the sunniest places in the UK!

Steve has created a truly outstanding dining experience as Head Chef of Michelin star Bohemia restaurant in Jersey, with his ingredient and flavour driven tasting menus. Bohemia Restaurant boasts a stellar reputation for its first rate cuisine, and is firmly on the gastronomic map as a food-lover’s destination. Steve Smith was one of the youngest chefs in the country to achieve a Michelin star over 10 years ago, at the age of just 24.

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British Street Food Festival 2015

The British Street Food Awards 2015

The finest traders in Britain (and beyond) have been cooking up a storm to win the British Street Food Awards since 2010, but this year they’re being joined by live music curated by Universal Music, street food crazy golf, live reviews of the food pages from some of the best journalists in the country and the world’s first aroma DJ – at the British Street Food Festival.

The Festival will be setting up shop in some of the country’s most perfect ‘found’ places – and whether it’s parked up outside a Norman castle in Oxford, under a circus tent in Cardiff, by a barge of fireworks on the docks in Leeds or at a mystery location on the Cornish coast, they will all be spectacular parties, with food and live music at their heart.

This year’s dates and locations:

Heat 1: Central & East, Oxford 1-4 May
Heat 2: Wales & The West, Cardiff 5-7 June
Heat 3: Scotland & The North, Leeds 12-14 June
Heat 4: South, Cornwall 28-31 August
Final: London 25-27 September

Each location will be fed by the best street food traders from Britain and beyond, competing for the British Street Food Awards. The public will be able to buy sharing plates from each of them, and then vote for their favourites on the British Street Food app. Winners of the vote – plus a few wild cards – will then go through to compete for a life-changing prize at the finals in London in September.

British Street Food founder Richard Johnson says, “Everything about this year is a big step up. The music will fold around everything that we’re trying to do. There are new holes on the street food crazy golf, and the entertainment – from a secret beer/food  matching experience from Sharp’s to our highend food quiz – will blow your mind.”

Full information is available at:

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Talented game cooks sought for this year’s CLA Game Chef of the Year competition in association with The Field

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The CLA Game Fair and The Field magazine has once again launched its search for game cooks to enter its hugely popular Game Chef of the Year competition. This year’s competition is divided into two categories: amateur cooks, and professional chefs.

The semi-finals and final will be held at the 2015 event at Harewood House in Yorkshire, which is being held from Friday 31 July until Sunday 2 August. The competition is designed to find two unrecognised chefs who relish cooking with game meats and embrace the Great British Countryside through their food.

Four finalists will be chosen from entries to cook in front of a live audience in the CLA Game Fair Cookery Theatre. The competition will be judged by the editor of The Field Jonathan Young and Mike Robinson, the UK’s leading game chef and owner of the Pot Kiln in Berkshire and the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms in London.

The competition is open to chefs aged 18 years or over who are not affiliated with more than one eating establishment and are ‘unrecognised’ by the judging panel. Entrants must send in a photo, a short amateur film (no more than 2 mins) of themselves cooking, a credentials summary and a unique recipe.

Tony Wall, Director of the CLA Game Fair, commented: “We are delighted welcome back this initiative. Last year’s winner, Norfolk-based Guy Paterson, will be a hard act to follow – his pigeon breast dish is still being spoken about!”

Editor of The Field, Jonathan Young, added: “Game has never been so popular. It’s easy to cook well, extremely good value and low in cholesterol. And since we’re lucky enough in Britain to have an abundance we want as many people as possible to make it part of their normal diet.”

To enter, email your video by Friday 27 March to For more details of how to enter visit

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Silver & Green Olives & Antipasti at Town End Farm Shop

We had a great visit to Town End Farm Shop last week from the lovely people at Silver & Green, Penrith.  They do a fabulous range of olives and antipasti and we had a great tasting in the shop, all received really well and now available on the deli counter.

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Yorkshire Butchery Course Sausage Smiles

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Leeds Indie Food Festival

Leeds is set to welcome a tasty month of food and drink events, as the city gets hungry and takes on the challenge to become the UK’s Capital of Casual Dining, Craft Beer and more besides. Independent businesses are at the centre of Leeds’ foodie revolution and the brand new Leeds Indie Food Festival will be celebrating their achievements during a mouth watering two (and a bit) weeks from 7th – 24th May. The Leeds Food and Drink Festival will then take over 22nd May – 7th June to round off what is set to be a spectacular month of food and drink events across Leeds City Region.

Over 100 businesses have now signed up to #LIF15, and the Festival will play host to almost 100 events held all over the city, from restaurants, cafes and bars to cinemas, art galleries, breweries and more besides, all run by inspiring indie businesses. Festival goers can make even more of their experience with a Festival Passport. On sale now and priced £15, the Passport will give food fans access to great discounts, priority access and act as a free ticket to Leeds Feast, the Festival’s closing party at The Tetley. Festival goers can collect stamps from all the independent businesses they visit and the events they attend, competing for special rewards and exciting prizes. If that isn’t enough, it’s also a passport to exclusive Festival products like an ultimate burger from Patty Smith’s or a huge Marble Chocolate Slab from Café 164.

Today Leeds Indie Food Festival have launched their new website complete with loads of great events and tickets available to the general public. All #LIF15 events will belong to special Festival Strands, and you’ll find events falling under Dining, Beer, Wine & Spirits, Street Food and Food Culture in the recently announced listings. Passport Holders will be able to collect stamps relating to these strands, and there’ll be extra treats for those who manage to clock up one of each.

Highlights from today’s listings include Dining, with Mama’s Girls Milk Bar, a Polish supper club held in Kirkgate Market, Patty Smith’s Dining Club with a screening of the film Chef, ¡Viva Shears Yard!, a takeover of Shears Yard by Viva Cuba,
Lunch spot Noonshine Café will be popping up at Tall Boys Beer Market for the whole festival and Whitelock’s, who celebrate their 300th birthday, will present a Candlelit Victorian Banquet in their brass-fronted bar.

Under the Beer strand, we have the launch of Leeds Craft Beer Crawl, LS6 Beer Festival in Hyde Park, and a mystery bus tour starting at the Cross Keys. #LIF15 will also see the opening of a new Brewery, North Brewing Co brought to you by North Bar, and a new Beer, the 822IPA presented by Northern Monk.

Wine & Spirits are well catered for with Lazy Lounge’s GINstival, a Nikka Whisky Tasting Dinner, a tour through The Art of Aperitivo with Latitude Wines, Shears Yard taking on Portobello Road Gin at Arts Café and The Decanter presenting a wine tasting with Yorkshire Wine School and Graze.

Street Food is something Leeds does brilliantly, and alongside a stellar lineup
of traders at Leeds Feast, you can check out Leeds legends Fish&, Manjit’s Kitchen and more at School Diner, in Chapel Allerton, or dance the night away at a special #LIF15 edition of Brandon Street Night Market.

It’s not all about eating, and Food Culture is on the menu too. Check out The Great Edible Art Show, the only gallery where you can eat the art, or &Totally Tutti Frutti_ ,
a special exhibition featuring Bompas and Parr and Food&_. You can learn foodie skills with Cannon & Cannon’s Meat School at Friends of Ham or check out film screenings at Hyde Park Picture House. We’re even teaming up with the University of Leeds for a series of talks, Thinking About Food.

Visit the website, pick up a passport, get your hands on some hot tickets and get hungry – – More announcements are expected in the next few weeks including full details of Leeds Feast.  #LIF15

Leeds Indie Food A-Z

The Arch Cafe
Art’s Cafe
Awesome Merchandise
Beacons Metro
Beat Food
Belgrave Feast
Belgrave Music Hall
Black Swan
Bompas and Parr
Brandon Street Night Market
Bánh mì Booth
Café 164
Canal Mills
Cannon and Cannon
Colours May Vary
Courtyard Dairy
The Cross Keys
Dough Boys
Friends of Ham
Further North
The Gallery at Munro House
George and Joseph
Greedy Pig
The Grub and Grog Shop
Headrow House
Holbeck Urban Village
The Hungry Bear
Hungry Sandwich Club
Hyde Park Picture House
I Like Press
Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom
Lamberts Yard
Latitude Wine
Laynes Espresso
Lazy Lounge
Le Creuset
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds Bread Co-op
Leeds Craft Beer Crawl
Leeds Feast
Leeds Juicery
Leeds Libraries
Leeds Markets
Leeds Trinity University
LS6 Beer Festival
Mama’s Girls
Manjit’s Kitchen
Mrs Athas
Noisette Bakehouse
Noonshine Cafe
North Bar
North Bar Social
North Star Coffee
Northern Bloc
Northern Monk Brew Co
Northern Monk Refectory
Northern StrEats
Oakwood Farmers Market
Opposite Chapel Allerton
Patty Smith’s
Pinche Pinche
Pure Design Consultancy
Roots and Fruits
School Diner
Sela Bar
Street Fodder
Shears Yard
Super Star DJ
Swillington Farm
Tall Boys Beer Market
Tattooed Bakers
That Old Chestnut
The City Talking
The Maven
The Pizza Bus
The Reliance
The Swine That Dines
University of Leeds
Veg Out
Viva Cuba
Wax Bar
Whip Until Fluffy
The Writing Squad
Yorkshire Wine School

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Free Beer! Hipsters Only….. London Beer Week 2015

To celebrate London Beer Week 2015, Sourced Market – London’s champion of high quality, locally-sourced produce – has launched its ‘Beer for Beards’ campaign and will be offering free beers for bearded fellows at its pop-up in Old Street, as an industry first.

Members of the public who come down to the pop-up rocking a standout beard will receive a free London craft beer for their efforts. Whether it’s a glorious goatee, fluffy full beard or stylish stubble, the free beer incentive is Sourced Market’s way of showing appreciation to the men (and women if they’re into it) of London for taking the time to groom their way to glamour.

All individuals who receive a beer for their beard will have their photograph taken and pinned up onto the ‘Polaroid beard board’, located next to the classic beer growler station in the pop-up.

Beer for Beards

Sourced Market has teamed up with Captain Fawcett, Purveyor of simply First Class Gentlemen’s Grooming Requisites and has summoned his expertise to help select one of the top Beards in London from the Polaroid beard board. The top ‘Beardie’ will be chosen on Thursday 12th March, with the result being announced at the pop-up and through social media.

To show appreciation for their marvellous efforts, the runners up will receive a Sourced Market goodie bag. The overall winner will receive a two litre beer growler filled with a London craft beer of their choice, as well as a Captain Fawcett gift set containing a ‘Ricki Hall’ Booze & Baccy Beard Oil and Moustache Wax. Huzzah!

Richie Finney, a dear friend and confidante of the Captain and no stranger to the beard, said: “As a male grooming expert I hear about all things related to facial hair trends and this is one of the most refreshing ideas I’ve come across to date… as such I for one will drink to that. All hail the hirsute!”

 Ben O’Brien, Founder of Sourced Market comments on the tongue in cheek campaign: “It took me over a year to grow even a halfway respectable beard so I fully appreciate the time, effort and commitment that goes into serious facial hair. Men aren’t used to having to work this hard on grooming! Plus some beards just put a smile on your face – in a good way – so who wouldn’t want to take a photo?!”

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Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb & Ginger Cheesecake Recipe

Yorkshire Rhubarb & Ginger Cheesecake

Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb


  • 1.5kg rhubarb – trimmed
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 300g ginger biscuits
  • 115g unsalted butter – melted
  • 450g full-fat croudi cream cheese
  • 2 lemons – zest only
  • 300ml pint soured cream
  • 6 free-range eggs – separated
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar

Equipment – mixing bowl – sharp knife – microplane – measuring jug – whisk – wooden spoon – spatula – 25cm cake tin – rolling tin – chopping board

Serves 12

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Grease and line a 25cm lose-bottomed cake tin.

2. Cut two thirds of rhubarb into pieces about 5cm long. Place in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle with 55g of caster sugar. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes or until tender.

3. Meanwhile, cut the remaining rhubarb into pieces about 7.5cm long, place in another ovenproof dish with a tablespoon of caster sugar and roast until just tender but still holding their shape. Set aside to decorate the cheesecake.

4. To make the biscuit base, place the ginger biscuits in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin, leaving the mixture quite rough. Place the biscuit crumbs in a bowl, mix in the melted butter and press into the bottom of the prepared cake tin. Place in the fridge while you make the cheesecake mixture.

5. Beat the cream cheese with the remaining 125g caster sugar and the lemon zest, then add the soured cream and egg yolks and beat until smooth.

6. Spread the rhubarb onto the chilled biscuit base. Whisk the egg white until they hold soft peaks then fold into the cheese mixture and pour on top of the rhubarb.

7. Bake in the oven for about one hour, reducing the heat to 180°C/Gas 4 once the cheesecake has risen. The top should be firm to the touch but still slightly wobbly. Leave the cheesecake to cool then remove it from the tin, arrange the reserved rhubarb on top and dust with the icing sugar.

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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  – The passport is available online now priced £12.50 early bird.

Twitter: @leedsindiefood

Instagram: @leedsindefood

Facebook: /leedsindiefoodfestival

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