A few months ago I wrote a blog post which mentioned my irritation and annoyance at one of Leeds’ premier food events – Leeds Loves Food in June. Commenting on the organisation of the event, the vast number of chain establishments involved (it’s sponsored by ASDA), poor publicity, all whilst most of the local independents were being pushed onto the side streets.
Well you can imagine my delight when a brand new collaborative group of food lovers/bloggers/traders said they were bringing a festival for the independent food and drink scene. Lets face it, Leeds seems to be coming of age in this department, but still lacks a true celebration of the independents that really make this place come alive!!
So who are these people, they call themselves Leeds Indie Food (#LIF15), made up of six people who already champion the independent scene in their own right. Their master plan is to gather the best of Leeds’ independent food and drink industry culminating in a festival of food and drink culture. To me this is something that is very relevant and much needed in Leeds.
A few things make #LIF15 stand out; firstly, this won’t just be over a long weekend like we’ve had in the past, this is going to take place 7th to 25th May 2015. Events will be spread city-wide, using talent from independent businesses in communities around the city, not just squeezing everything in and around Millennium Square for a change! This team want a festival run by and for the heart of independent Leeds.
Now this doesn’t come for nothing, the LIF team are working for free, but all the independent businesses involved need to be paid for. With this in mind a crowdfunding campaign has been set up on Kickstarter.com to raise the required funds to get the festival off the ground. £6750 to be exact.
To give you an idea of some of the independents which have already signed up to be involved, here’s some of the line-up; Laynes Espresso, Friends of Ham, Dough Boys, The Greedy Pig, Bundobust, Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, to name just a few.
If you love food from independent businesses you really should take a look, if you fancy pledging, it doesn’t have to be much, donations start at £1! But for those who are feeling more generous there are some enticingly lovely rewards for backers.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leedsindiefood/leeds-indie-food-festival