May has been my favorite month in Leeds. Forget Leeds Festival coming up in August, Leeds Indie Food Festival that no one was missing out on....
The first of its kind (definitely not the last!) LIFF was all about the best that Leeds had to offer in food. Starting on 7 May and ending this Saturday just gone, pop up events were happening all over the city to celebrate all things food and drink.
Leeds is known for it's Indie style of dining; fine dining just doesn't seem to exist here! Whilst I am all up for the finer things in life, I love exploring the best that my city has to offer and the street food is the best here!! For those who are truly invested in the experience, passports could be purchased at a number of locations, stamps collected depending where you visited and what events you took part in.
The finale came in the form of the Indie Food Festival at the end of month long event and last Friday I dragged my gorgeous friend Amie down to The Tetley to come and enjoy a bite of two of the good food on offer....
We started off with blueberry daiquiri's and ended with a pint of two. Friday was a mixture of cold but warm; switching between the two. To keep warm, Amie and I did a few laps of the grounds, socking up the smells and planning where we were going to hit in what order.
I hit up Fu- Schinkens; how can you not when their soy Ox cheek bun is on offer!! Just look at that deliciousness!! I normally do not like Ox cheek, but this was so tender and sweet with the sauce paired with it that I was left in a foodie heaven.
Amie was hankering for a steak sandwich, and she found it, with a twist; served with salad in a flat bread.
I went with my take of Indie festival style, leggings, shirt and cropped jumper. Flats (oh course- too much walking around for heels) and a backpack to keep my hands free for taking as many photos as I can. I would have linked my outfit, but I am pretty sure it is all sold out unfortunately.
You were spoiled for choice at the Madeleine Express, my favorite being the salted caramel brownies. I was brought a treat home by L who came home with a slice of spiced orange and pecan. It was utterly delicious, much lighter than I thought it was going to be.
I first discovered Northern Bloc Ice Cream when they rocked up to Trinity Kitchen a few weeks ago. Their ice cream is totally unique; I went for raspberry sorbet and white chocolate and popcorn. Why I have never tried white chocolate and popcorn ice cream before this I will never know!! It was heavenly- I need to try and recreate this!!
Finally, I was beyond excited to hit up Norse, representing Harrogate at its finest. I have been to Norse before (see here) and was amazed at how chef Murray Wilson was able to recreate fine dining in the middle of a field. The dishes were utterly delicious! I went for hand- torched mackerel, grilled cucumber, akvavit pickled cucumber, fennel and horseradish granita. My friend went for Yorkshire asparagus, confit egg yolk, rye and brown butter mayo and baked potato espuma. Both dishes were amazing- the mackerel was so fresh, healthy and delicious!! Bravo to the guys at Norse, it both dishes were amazing!!
Well done to the guys who organised and set up Leeds Indie Food Festival, the event was spectacular and I cannot wait to enjoy more events next year!
Did you take part in Leeds Indie Food Festival? What was your favorite part?