Leeds Indie Food Festival: the first fifteen

18th March 2019

Samba, Sustainability and Sommeliers: Announcing Leeds Indie Food first 15 foodie events

Leeds Indie Food Festival is proud to announce its first fifteen events, in a year full of crowd-pleasing, indie food festival fun.


Returning from 9th-27th May 2019, Leeds Indie Food promises another year of exclusive supper clubs, workshops, unique one-off events and collaborations aplenty. There’s a host of brand new events as well as some returning favourites, alongside the customary innovation, forward-thinking and foodie unity across the city.

From secret muggle suppers and sensual dinner parties to wine pairings, beer pairings, family fun and even sausage-roll offs, this year’s Leeds Indie Food has a wealth of diverse events to keep every palate happy. Venues across the city are featured on the line-up and as always the festival is accessible to all with a combination of free and ticketed events, of which are already on sale via the Leeds Indie Food website.

A particular family-friendly highlight, a festival-within-a-festival will also be running down at Kirkstall Abbey, called Feast & Fiesta – a weekend of samba, face painting and carnival vibes not to be missed.

Based around the idea of food being wrapped up in sensual pleasure, Hands on Sensuality is a brand new, immersive experience for LIF 19. Guests can expect a “heightened, sensory, pleasure-inducing night” with a 10-course tasting menu, all served onto the back of your hand, followed by an empowering talk on female pleasure.

More events are being released throughout March and promises to be the most inclusive festival to date. Venues signed up include Vice & Virtue Group, Bundobust, Belgrave Music Hall, Below Stairs, Yard & Coop, Outlaws Yacht Club, House of Koko and many more.

For full first events, tickets and more information, visit:

The full list of announcements so far:

North Brewing Co and Little Bao Boy – 9th May, 17:00 – 23:30
Little Bao Boy are pretty good at cooking with beer… but how good are they at brewing it?
Before May, the bao boys will be popping across town to North Brewing Co. to spend the day learning about all things malt and hops-based, whilst brewing a beer under Head Brewer Seb’s watchful eye.
The beer will then be on tap at the North Brewing Co. Taproom throughout the Leeds Indie Food festival. It may also make a guest appearance on the taps at Eat North too…

Plant Styles x Laynes ‘Plant Styles’ – 9th & 10 May, 18:00 – 22:00
Plant Styles x Laynes is bringing some taste-good, feel-good vibes with an all-vegan evening. This creative sharing menu is here to celebrate plant-based food in all its forms, and once again illustrate how much diversity, satisfaction and damn-good flavour there is in an all-plant diet.
Ticket Price: £28

Sneaky Experience presents Feast & Fiesta – 11th May 11:30 – 22:30
LIF and Sneaky Experience present Feast & Fiesta, a show-stopping weekend of delicious food & drink and carnival vibes, all within the atmospheric setting of Kirkstall Abbey. Expect latin rhythms, mouth-watering food and drink and performance aplenty! Ticket Price: £15 adult, £5 child, under 2yrs free.

• Latitude Tasting Room x Ox Club– 13th May, 19:00 – 22:30
Latitude Tasting Room is teaming up with the fantastic team at Michelin-recommended restaurant, Ox Club, to bring you another night of amazing wine and food pairing, serving up five drinks matched with five small plates.
There will also be an option to indulge in a sixth course, which will be a spirit – paired with a luxurious petit four.
Ticket price: £30 deposit, £40 on the night

Muggle Secret Supper at The Three Broomsticks, TANDEM – 16th May & 17th May, 19:30 – 23:00
Tandem transforms into Hogsmeade’s favourite inn, providing muggles once-in-a-lifetime access to a five course, Harry Potter-themed evening of food and drink, including a complimentary cocktail, all inspired by the magical mythology of J K Rowling’s famous books.

Expect a magical twist on some favourite British dishes. Fancy dress is very much encouraged! Ticket Price: £45

Pizza and Prosecco Festival – 18th May, 12:00 – late
Join us again, for one day only, at Water Lane Boathouse in a celebration of all things pizza…and prosecco!
You’ll find all of the North’s finest pizza traders at this Festival-within-a-Festival, and some amazing bubbles too.
Ticket Price: FREE

Kachumber Vegan Supper Club – 18th May, 19:00 – 22:00
Head to Seven, where the creative, colourful and inspiring Kachumber Kitchen are proud to present a three-course menu capturing flavours from India to tickle the tastebuds and tease your palate!
Ticket Price: £22

Hands On Sensuality, 16th & 17th May, 19:00-22:00
Hands on Sensuality is a heightened, sensory, pleasure-inducing night combining food and sensuality. Enjoy a 10-course tasting menu, all served onto the back of your hand, accompanied by a talk on female pleasure. This is an empowered, empowering and unapologetic celebration of sexuality and food!
Ticket Price: £35

• ROLL-OFF — The Cardigan Arms vs. Kirkstall Brewery, 16th May, 19:30
Specially for LIF19, Kirkstall Brewery (owners of The Cardigan Arms) will be trying to end the pub’s winning streak with their own sausage roll recipes. Expect roll flavours ranging from traditional to bizarre, with three from the Cardigan kitchen and three from the brewery, each paired with lovely fresh Kirkstall beer, which is brewed just a short hop down the road. There will probably be some commentary on the beer too, if you’re bothered about that sort of thing.
Ticket Price: £12

• Laynes Espresso X Wayward Wines , 17th May, from 19:00
Laynes’ Carl Fleischer will be showcasing small plates inhouse at Laynes, paired perfectly with a selection of wines from Steve Nuttall, wine enthusiast and expert behind Wayward Wines, all designed to pair.
Ticket price: £10 (deposit) which will be deducted from your bill

Caffeine, Cake & Cocktails: Copper Spoon Cakery X Outlaws Yacht Club, 22nd May, 19:00- 22:00
Ilkley’s amazing Copper Spoon Cakery are teaming up with Leeds’ own Outlaws Yacht Club, to bring you a night of caffeine, cake and cocktails! Expect a trio of delicious desserts made with organic and locally-sourced ingredients, courtesy of Copper Spoon Bakery, paired with expertly blended cocktails from Outlaws Yacht Club.
Ticket Price: £30

• Salvo’s & North Brewing Co. Beer Dinner, 26th May, 18:30-22:00
Once again, Salvo’s and the North Brew Co. team will be offering up a five course Italian dinner, paired with five beers, to perfectly showcase the best of beers and of the best and freshest traditional Italian cookery.
Ticket Price: £45

#SeaNorth, 11th May, 12:00-late
Leeds Indie Food’s year-round little brother, #EatNorth, is getting a festival makeover…this Leeds Indie Festival, enjoy SeaNorth, a festival special inspired by all things sea! Head to Sheepscar, and North Brewing Co’s taproom, as per.
Ticket Price: Free

• #VeganNorth, 18th May, 12:00-late
Leeds Indie Food’s year-round little brother, #EatNorth, is getting a festival makeover…for Leeds Indie Food’s second weekender, enjoy a #VeganNorth spectacular of the ever-popular #EatNorth event! Head to Sheepscar, and North Brewing Co’s taproom, as per.
Ticket Price: Free

• #EatNorth – Bank Holiday Special, 25th & 26th May, 12:00- late
Leeds Indie Food’s year-round little brother, #EatNorth, is getting a festival makeover…for Leeds Indie Food’s final weekender, enjoy an #EatNorth Bank Holiday Extravaganza as we bring the street food celebration all weekend long! Head to Sheepscar, and North Brewing Co’s taproom, as per.
Ticket Price: Free