Northern soul

Northern soul

Leeds' annual Indie Food festival returns to celebrate the city’s finest cuisine

When it comes to good food, Leeds has worked hard to put itself firmly on the map in the past few years. The city centre is a mecca for all things food whether it’s fine dining serving traditional dishes or quirky eateries conjuring up new and exciting entrees. This month sees the annual Leeds Indie Food Festival enter its second year with an intriguing array of events to keep even the fussiest of palates satisfied. We’ve rounded up the events not to miss.


edible art

Food sculptors The Tattooed Bakers will lay on a fully immersive walk-through installation at The Gallery at Munro House that will house replicas of some of Leeds’ most iconic buildings made entirely of cake. 


girl power

Homegrown female talent will be honoured at the Women | Art | Food exhibition featuring works by kitsch illustrators Buttercrumble, graphic design company Hashtag House and food photographer Georgina Wager. The exhibition will run alongside all-women kitchen takeovers with appearances from family bloggers Mama’s Girls and That Old Chestnut, a Vegan cake and catering company.


waterside dining

Chef, Brett Barnes cut his teeth cooking for Mark Hix before honing his skills in Sweden. Now visitors can sample the delights of his cooking at his pop-up restaurant, Thornback, at Leeds Dock, where a six course seafood banquet awaits. 


scandi scran

Espresso company Laynes and food and drink gallery space The Brunswick will collaborate with a Swedish Norre kitchen takeover. Guests can sample a Copenhagen-inspired tasting menu that pays just as much attention to veg without scrimping on the meat. Proving there's so much more to Sweden than meatballs.

coffee connoisseurs

Get your caffeine kick at Leeds’ coffee social. Leeds’ best independent coffee houses including North Star, Dark Woods and Casa Espresso will all be under one roof demonstrating the art of the perfect grind. Take part in a blindfolded cupping session and sample speciality coffees from across the globe.


nighttime nosh

Brandon Street Night Market at Canal Mills will welcome cocktail experts Hedonist Project as they conjure up rum filled concoctions. The market will also see natural ice cream courtesy of Northern Bloc and woodfired pizzas from Pizza Fella.


drink up

Once you’ve gorged yourself silly, grab a craft beer and settle down to a drink-along film screening. This year’s festival will show Richard Linklater’s cult 90s Dazed and Confused.

  • Words: Rebecca Parker

  • Banner Photography: Tom Joy