Last Saturday Leeds’ Corn Exchange was the venue for a celebration of the local areas finest food and drink – Cornucopia Underground, organised by Leeds Food & Drink Association. Showing off their skills with their wares were a number of stalls, including George and Joseph, The Harrogate Preserves Company, The Marvellous Tea Room and Sweet Sensations showing off their baking prowess. Sela Bar were in attendance with their tasty pizzas and Market Delivered were also there promoting their home delivery service with a nifty spinning wheel, a bit of fun like being a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune! The Corn Exchange was used to good effect with its hidden alcoves being the stage for different ticketed events.
Here’s a selection of photos from some of the independents at the event:
Jim and Dan from The Grub & Grog Shop had their make-shift monastery with Northern Monk Brew Company’s ale’s on tap and delicious smells emanating from pans and hot plates. They were showcasing ‘a taste of things to come’ when they start working with Northern Monk Brew Company at the old flax mill in Holbeck, the lads will be serving their food from The Refectory. I was happy to try any of them, as they all sounded great, so closed my eyes and picked at random the Lamb Bacon, it didn’t disappoint. I’m not the greatest lover of lamb normally, but if lamb tasted like this I’d eat it more often….meaty and salty from the curing process, accompanied by soft barley and roasted carrots; it was delicious! I’m anticipating great things at their new venture in Holbeck.
I’d pre-booked a ticket for Spoons and Booze, an event devised by Dough Bistro’s Luke Downing. Here we were served a tasting menu where each mouthful was made using Yorkshire ingredients and paired with a complementary drink.
Our veritable mini feast included Whitby scallop, Swillington Farm chicken, Grassington ham, Leventhorpe wine, beef from Barnsley and Fountain’s Gold cheese. I can only speak for myself, but I loved the event! Being up so close watching Luke do his stuff, listen to him speak passionately about his food. Out of all the things we ate, my favourites were the Swillington chicken nugget with mushroom mousse and Grassington ham crisp, the black pudding bon bon with rhubarb brown sauce and smoked oyster foam and finally the lavender & lemon posset with ginger cake.
We need more of these types of events, where local independents can show off. I’m hoping to see a lot more of this type of event in the future!