The first ever ‘Leeds Food Month’ is well and truly underway, celebrating the city’s diverse and frankly brilliant foodie scene.
It all kicked off with the Leeds Indie Food Festival on May 7, and hot on its heels is the Leeds Food and Drink Festival which is bringing another fantastic menu of events to the city.
The BBC’s Gregg Wallace officially launched Leeds Food Month at one of my favourite craft ale pubs, The Northern Monk Brewery.
During his visit Gregg, met brewers, bakers and chefs to learn more about Leeds’ dynamic food and drink scene and to find out what visitors can expect during the four-week programme of food heaven from May 22.
The month of food culminates in the three-day Yorkshire Food and Drink Show in Millennium Square featuring more than 100 exhibitors including some of the region’s best restaurants and producers from June 5-7, 2015.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Leeds Food and Drink Festival, and the fourth in association with Asda. The festival which takes place over two weeks has something for food lovers of all ages to enjoy, including special menus, offers and events that will take visitors on a culinary tour of the city.
Thousands from across the country are expected to flock to the city to discover a whole host of gastronomic treats from gourmet dishes to brilliant burgers and everything in between. Beer experts and cocktail connoisseurs are sure to find plenty to savour too, thanks to the Leeds’ exciting and ever-growing bar scene.
Visitors can explore mouth-watering markets and enjoy special offers from some of the city’s most popular eateries and bars. Events also include a Thai cookery class with Chaophraya, a culinary tour of Italy with Ipsum Vinoteca, and Leeds’ first pop-up wine festival Grapeful which I’m excited to be attending. Guests can sample up to 100 wines from around the world in the stunning surroundings of Leeds Town Hall.
Whilst I’ll do my best to sample all 100 wines, I think that might be a long shot…
For more information on Leeds Food Month visit www.leedsfoodmonth.com to download the festival ‘menu’, or for regular updates follow @LeedsFoodFest on Twitter.