A few days ago I wrote a little piece about Leeds Indie Food Festival, as today marks the first day of the festival here’s what I’ll be attending and eating over the next fortnight!
Kicking the festival off today I’m attending the Real Junk Food Project Syrian Kitchen. This is a Pay As You Feel event, my first ever, and I’m looking forward to it. The relaxed dining experience will utilise food waste to showcase the best of Syrian food and culture!
I’m excited to try a new cuisine. One of the things that I wanted to do as part of Leeds Indie Food was experience new things – flavours, ingredients and cuisines so I’m getting stuck in straight away!
Norse Presents: The Spa Exchange is my second event of the festival. Harrogate based restaurant Norse are coming to Leeds for a fine dining experience at the Corn Exchange. I’m not really sure what’s instore but I’m can’t wait to try the food! The Corn Exchange is one of my favourite Leeds landmarks, I’m very excited dine under it’s domed roof! The Noise of Strangers did a pop-up event last year when the Christmas in Leeds art trail was on and it looked simply stunning – I was green with envy!
Also on the 13th, that I wish I was attending, is the Food Styling and Photography Workshop with Food&. Victoria Harley is hosting this small workshop at the new Ham & Friends, teaching practical skills to improve photography and styling. This one was a little out of my price range at £100 a pop, but I think I’ll look out for more of Victoria’s classes through the year and try to get to one of those! I wish I was attending though, some of my pictures of food are just dire!
To finish a busy few days I’ll then be spending the afternoon of the 14th at Intro to Chocolate Making with Tyto Leodis, at 200 Degrees coffee shop. I’ve tried making a few truffles at home before, but nothing spectacular – I’m hoping I can learn some tricks from Tyto’s expertise. I don’t know whether to pack an apron for this one – I’m quite a messy cook!
I hadn’t come across Tyto before the festival, but from what I can gather he’s currently in the process of launching his high-end bespoke chocolate confectionery! I may not know too much about him but anyone that loves chocolate is a winner!
Minimum Miles Travelled: A Pop-up Dining Experience is going to be one of my highlights of the fortnight. This event, on May 19th, will showcase hyper-local dining, which focuses on sourcing quality ingredients as locally a possible. I’m a big believer of how we have amazing producers in and around Leeds as well as in Yorkshire, so I’m keen to see how they showcase this! I’m seated early on in the evening, and it should be the perfect way to end the week!
This was the most expensive ticket that I bought for the festival, even though I chose the alcohol free option as I’m not big on wine. Hopefully my drinks will be no less carefully selected to go with the food. I’m really looking forward to it – I just hope I manage to make it through all six courses!
The Big Cheese Tease was the event that originally got me the most excited about the festival. Run by Chapel Allerton cheese aficionado Stephen, the owner of George and Joseph, it’s a cheese and tea pairing event hosted at House of Koko. Stephen is so knowledgeable on the good stuff, so I’m keen to learn and excited to try the pairings he presents. I’m hoping that during the festival I also get chance to make it out to Chapel Allerton – I’d very much like to try House of Koko after the event, and it means I can visit Chirpy too!
There are plenty of other events going on during the festival which I’m keen to attend. Leeds Feast is back, but details are a tightly kept secret – this was the only event I attended in last year’s line up! As well as this there’s The Fun of Food and PLANT GROW MAKE EAT exhibitions, Dinner Party Installation and BundoBrunch, which I’m hoping I can attend. I’ll be planning my two weeks around the ticketed events, free events and importantly where I want to try out and reap the benefits of having a festival passport.