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Groundbreaking Drinks Festival coming to Leeds as part of Leeds Indie Food - Keg V Cork




Duke Studios - Keg V Cork



The city’s much loved Leeds Indie Food festival will be playing host to a unique drinks event this May, billed by the organisers as a true ‘celebration of booze’. The city’s best independents will be teaming up to fight their corner in a battle between progressive craft beer and cool, interesting wine, with pubs, bars, bottle shops and breweries all getting in on the action. Tickets are £7.50, and include a tasting glass, custom pencil and scorecard.

Keg Vs Cork, which takes place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May at Duke Studios, Sheaf St., is set to provide punters with a truly unique insight into the city’s thriving bar scene set in a beautifully converted belt factory on the city’s south bank. Alongside pop-ups from Leeds stalwarts including North Bar and The Reliance there’ll be fresh faces like Tall Boys Beer Market and Northern Monk, both of whom have established themselves as firm favourites on the city’s drinking circuit over the last couple of years.

The event will host passionate publicans who will be taking the chance to really show off, so you’ll find Bundobust serving up their favourite Schnieder-Weisse, a Bavarian wheat beer, and critically acclaimed The Reliance pouring a selection of quirky natural and bio-dynamic wines you’d never find on the supermarket shelves. North Bar, arguably the nation’s first craft beer bar, are even planning a ‘classics’ menu, celebrating the best drinks from their two decades of history. Those looking for something a little more summery will also be able to grab an Aperol Spritz or a Negroni from drinks brand Campari’s Pop-Up, who are also partnering with the event.

Alongside tasty street food, the chefs from Headrow House restaurant Ox Club will be taking over the outdoor barbecue to serve up award-winning steak and chips for hungry drinkers. There’ll also be music programmed by Americana festival High and Lonesome, with pop-up Busker-style performances throughout the day.

Another unique feature are the nightly Keg Vs Cork Drink-Along Film Screenings, where festival-goers can sit back and enjoy boozy cinema in the form of Oscar-winning cult wine flick ‘Sideways’ and Richard Linklater’s ‘kegger classic ‘Dazed and Confused’, with appropriate on-screen wines and beers included in the ticket price.

Organisers are keen to stress that Keg Vs Cork is more than just your run of the mill beer festival:
Matt Dix, organiser, says - “We thought Leeds Indie Food was the perfect time to throw a big party, and we love the city’s beer and wine scene right now. There are so many amazing bars and pubs who pour their heart and soul into what they do, and we wanted to celebrate them with an event that was fun for everyone, not just beer aficionados or wine snobs. There’ll be great booze served by people who care about it, and music, film and food too, so there’s something for even the most casual drinker.”


Friday: 6pm - 11pm
Saturday: 12 noon - 5pm; 6pm - 11pm



All Sessions: £7.50 (Leeds Indie Food Passport Holders £6.50)
Drink Along Film Screenings: £10 (Leeds Indie Food Passport Holders £8)


Bars From:

North Bar
Northern Monk Refectory
Tall Boys Beer Market
Sheaf St. Cafeteria
The Reliance
Latitude Wines