12th - 30th May

Leeds is full of wonderful beings, culture and maybe most importantly - food. It was only a matter of time before something as great as Leeds Indie Food Festival came along and this year is going to be even bigger and better than the last.

We've got an abundance of independent food hubs in the city and luckily, a lot of these will be taking part in a festival of foodie discovery from 12th - 30th May. 

There's a whole load of events (see them all here) over this period happening around the city to help people discover new food favourites and venture into some hidden gems they may not have come across before. There's often too much choice in Leeds now - if there ever was such a thing - when it comes to deciding where to head for a bite to eat so this is the perfect opportunity to try a bit of everything. Many of these events are also completely free which means you can get involved in the festival, even if you're on a budget.


City of Cake

Now this sounds like a cool venture.

The Gallery at Munro House teamed up with the Tattooed Bakers last year to recreate famous works of art in, wait for it, CAKE form. They're going one better in 2016 by creating Leeds as a huge edible exhibition -  cake landmarks, streets and all. The launch of this is on the same night as the Brandon Street market I've mentioned below but the installation will be up until the 20th, giving you plenty of time to visit and help them out by eating a slice of the tiny city afterwards.

House of North/Further Koko

Somewhere I've still not had the opportunity to visit is House of Koko but I'm hoping this will all change come May. They're partnering with neighbour bar Further North (see what they did with the names there?) to provide a mixture of their talents and provide an impressive food & drink menu in both venues.

In the meantime, follow House of Koko on Instagram for furious food envy.


Bundobust + brunch can only be a winner, surely? Laynes Espresso just down the road are teaming up with the indian street food bar to provide what I can only imagine will be one tasty, and flavoursome, brunch experience. There are events right through the month but as this is over the weekend, it's a perfect opportunity for you Monday-Friday workers to get involved in LIF this year. No excuses.

Who's coming with me?

Real Junk Food Banquet

The Real Junk Food Project is an amazing network of people and places that intercept food that would normally be binned and turn it into meals. All the food they serve is perfectly safe for consumption, of course, but they help reduce food waste by doing what supermarkets, cafes and restaurants cannot do and using expired or 'out of date' food. Teaming up with Northern Monk for the Leeds Indie Food Fest, they'll create a menu purely from the surplus food they can get their hands on that day.

To see what the team will manage to cook up, it's definitely worth a visit. Plus, they work on a 'pay as you feel' basis therefore you can pay as much or as little as you like to help give back. Read more about them here.

Brandon Street Night Market x Hedonist Project

I'm really excited about this one. Last but not least, down at Canal Mills you'll find a host of street food combined with craft beer and music and it should be a fantastic night. They're working alongside Leeds' new home of gin The Hedonist Project to bring you cocktails galore.

I imagine it's going to be crazy busy but hopefully, that just means you'll bump into lots of friends around the city right?!

Find out all the dates for these events and more on the LIF website and get following #LIF16 on Twitter to keep up to date on the foodie gossip.

Let me know which events you'll be attending and hopefully see you at some of them!