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Leeds Corn Exchange returns to its roots for Leeds Indie Food 2016


It was once known as a bustling centre for the exchange and sale of corn, wheat, barley and hops, and now Leeds Corn Exchange is set to return to its roots in a collaboration with Leeds Indie Food to throw a celebration of all things corn with a modern twist.

Sunday 22nd May will see the Corn Exchange go ‘pop!’, as it holds an all-day event showcasing one of the most popular snacks to come out of the Victorian age: popcorn. The event will see Leeds Corn Exchange transform into a ‘popcorn parlour’, with tastings, samples and special offers from Yorkshire Popcorn, the sister product of the county-famous Yorkshire Crisps Company. Other popcorn makers and aficionados will be popping up at the event; visitors can enjoy a selection of samples from Cornpoppers, a family-owned popcorn producer who are one of the largest in the UK, and Ten Acre, a specialist company whose popcorn is Gluten Free, Dairy Free and MSG Free; as well as being Vegan, Vegetarian, Halal and Kosher certified. Visitors can quench their thirst with a popcorn-infused tea from the Great Yorkshire Shop or a specially brewed corn beer from Little Leeds Beer House.

There will be plenty of passport offers from Leeds Corn Exchange’s finest food vendors for Leeds Indie Food folk looking to fill their boots. Vegetarian favourite Humpit Hummus & Pita Bar will serve a free drink with each main dish, and Primo’s Gourmet Hotdogs will give passport holders the chance to double-up on dogs by offering a second hotdog for £1. Specialist tea café Vanilla One will be chipping in too, offering a free hot drink with each mouth-watering slice of cake, and those who prefer an alcoholic tipple can buy three bottles for the price of two at beer aficionados Little Leeds Beer House.

Those with a sweet tooth will need to polish their cake forks, as the stunning Victorian architecture of Leeds Corn Exchange is set to be recognised in one of the most exciting and delicious Leeds Indie Food collaborations to date. The Gallery at Munro House’s ‘City of Cake’ project will see baking sculptors the Tattooed Bakers recreate Leeds Corn Exchange, as well as several other iconic buildings that give Leeds its unique character, entirely out of cake. The incredible sugar-filled structures will be on display at Trinity shopping centre from 14th-20th May, and free for all to see.

More information for both events and passport offers can be found on the Leeds Indie Food festival website: http://leedsindiefood.co.uk/.

Leeds Corn Exchange - credit Roger Moody