First for Leeds as weekly street food event launches

Fans of Leeds Indie Food Festival, which closes on Sunday, are in for a treat as the team behind the popular event have announced the launch of a weekly food fair just outside the city centre.

EatNorth starts on June 17 and the new project will be a weekly food fair located at the North Brewing Co taproom in Sheepscar so that keen foodies can grab a bite of Leeds Indie Food all summer long.

EatNorth is the first weekly event that the city has ever hosted, finally catching up with fellow Northern cities where such weekly events are increasingly popular.

North Brewing Co brewers will host a rotating line-up of street food traders at its taproom, located just off North Street and a short walk from well-known independents such as Belgrave Music Hall and The Reliance.

This area is set to become a foodie hub, with bustling establishments like The Brunswick and Brewdog all within striking distance.

Matt Dix, festival director, Leeds Indie Food, said: “We’ve been trying to get a weekly street food event off the ground for ages, and we’re really chuffed that everything has fallen into place with EatNorth. The North Brewing Co taproom is the perfect place, and we know the North Bar team can find their way around a bar too. We’ve booked some killer street food traders from all over the UK, with plenty of new faces to Leeds. Events in other Northern cities, like GRUB, show there’s a real appetite for good food and good beer, and we’re excited to offer a bite of Leeds Indie Food every week, all summer.”

The first six weeks are already fully booked, with more than 30 different street food traders signing on to serve up everything from Taiwanese steamed buns to Canadian poutine, plus speciality coffee and sweet options available every week alongside award winning craft beers, spirits, and wine.

Organisers promise a rotating lineup of six traders a week, with each Saturday bringing at least one food truck brand new to the city, some new faces trading for the first time, and old favourites too.

John Gyngell. director of North Brewing Co., said: “The brewery tap is a great space with huge potential, and we’re keen to build up a regular events programme. The opportunity to work with Leeds Indie Food is really exciting, especially given the reaction to this year’s festival. The quality and variety of the food traders looks incredible, and we love that there will always be something different for people to try with the core range of North Brewing Co. beers and new releases we’ll have on the bar.”