Weekender: Cocktails, supper clubs and Bombay speakeasy still on the menu at Leeds Indie Food Festival

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The Leeds Indie Food Festival has seen sell-out events across the city, and there are still events left on the menu for the coming weeks.

The Festival launched in 2014, and in recent years the events have got bigger and better. Last year there was a focus on vegan food and reducing food waste. Organisers estimated that they helped bring £720,000 into the independent food scene last year alone.

This year, food foraging, vegan supper clubs and Bundobust’s Bombay speakeasy are among the remaining events, which also include:

School Diner – 17-19 May, 15:00-20:00, Chapel Allerton Primary School. The original Street Food Festival in a playground returns, with best street food, craft beer, live music, art and family entertainment on show.

The North Bar Magical Mystery Tour – 17 May, 18:00-23:55, North Bar. You’ll board the bus at 6pm, at a secret location, and get delivered to the best booze in and around Leeds, taking in the whole North Bar family of venues, from Leeds and Otley to Meanwood and Harrogate.

Rawsome Vegan Supper Club – 17 May, 19:30-21:00, The Bowery. Enjoy a three-course set menu hosted by The Happy Caterpillar that combines fresh ingredients with a creative twist for deliciously healthy, energy-boosting fare.

Secrets of Food & Drink Photography – 18 May, 15:00-18:00, Block47 Studio. Learn from the experts on how to turn your food photos into the perfect insta-worthy snaps using natural light, LEDS and flash, followed by cocktails and canapés.

Owt x The Jar Tree Vegan Sausage Roll Masterclass – 18 May, 16:00-17:00, OWT, Kirkgate Market. Crack the code of the holy pastry with the perfect partnership team or Owt and The Jar Tree.

Below Stairs & Bundobust Bombay Speakeasy – 20 May, All Day, Below Stairs. Discrete, underground Below Stairs will be transformed into a swinging 1930s Bombay canteen speakeasy with cocktails and food pairings. Below Stairs’ signature, multi-sensory innovation with Bundobust’s authentic traditional flavours.

Leeds Indie Food – Founders Forum – 21 May, 18:00-20:00, Sheaf St. Consume Comms and Chapter 81 are linking up to share insights and experiences on useful topics like where to start with branding, social media, scaling up from pop-up to permanent, staffing and logistics and more.

Walk on the Wild Side Wild Food: Walk, Tale, Make, Eat & Take – 25 May, 10:30-15:00, Seven Arts. Join professional wild food forager, Craig Worrall for an education on foraging in Gledhow Valley Wood. Return to Seven Arts to create your own fermented garlic and enjoy delicious wild soup.

Bloody Big Brunch – 26 May, 11:00-14:00, Cafe 164. Women’s March and Cafe 164 will be addressing period poverty in a bloody novel way with Bloody Marys paid for in period products and all donations distributed to local charities.

Chef’s Hands Project by Joakim Blockstrom – 9-27 May, All Day, The Gallery at 164. Running through LIF and beyond, this photography exhibition showcases the fast-moving, skill-filled and often unseen hands of chefs’ to support the Pilot Light Campaign around mental health in the kitchen.

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