Leeds loves food – The fortnight that was….


The sun was shining for Leeds foodies for the last weekend of the two week food festival Leeds Loves Food. As a city we grazed, nibbled and gorged our way through all the wonderful food this city has to offer.

The last two weeks have been jam packed with fringe food event has been amazing, I was astounded to discover that an estimated 60,000 people, over twice the population of Morley, descended on Millennium Square for the finale weekend.

Here’s a round up of some new producers I met and all the things I got up to over the fortnight.

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Kirkstall market on Sundays is a mix of craft as well as food. We were able to sample the delights of the Little Yorkshire Pie Company. Their pork pies follow a traditional production method but the varieties of pies range from the plain pork to the lovely cheese and onions variety, our favourite was the seasonal rhubarb. We then when on the search for chutney.

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We did not have to look too far as we met Amanda from Fancy that from Wharfedale, we absolutely loved her bread and butter chutney, a mix of pickled cumber with just a hint of chilli.

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The Other Half’s sweet tooth was satisfied by Sawley kitchen and their white chocolate and lemon shortbread. Shortbread so nice that we had to get some more when we went to their stall at Leeds Loves Food.

We also met Emma from the Chocolate Chest, her business was started by making chocolate wedding favours and now creates a wide selection of different homemade chocolates. From the crunchy caramel of the honeycomb chocolate to the truly stunning salty caramel.

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What is good food without good drink, the fortnight also showcased the best bars, spirits and cocktails through Leeds Loves Cocktails. Check out the how to make a perfect Mojito session we attended.

We also learnt more about tequila at Neon Cactus and the history of gin at the Maven.

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A new addition to the weekend Leeds Loves Food festivities was the Handmade in Yorkshire area which was situated by Victoria gardens, it was a great mix of street food and producers.

I had calamari from fish& with a nice big dollop of garlic mayo.

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The Other half sampled a chill cheese dog from Diamond Dogs, the sausages are produced by using selected cuts that are then vacuumed stuffed to ensure they don’t explode when boiled in water.

They are the placed in a soft bun and covered in chilli and a creamy cheese sauce.

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I have not got that much of a sweet tooth but even I could not resist grabbing a Gin and Tonic cupcake from the Pin up’s Pantry. There were several other cakes on offer too, the chocolate gateaux looked unbelievably good.

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We finally got to see Mike Tattersall from Indie Ices and his new Tuk Tuk, by the time we got there he had almost sold out of this wonderfully delicious Mango Lassie, a drink that is my Other half’s favourite.

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Mike is one of many producers that are moving into Handpicked Hall, I will hopefully be doing a post on this soon.

Please feel free to add your best bits about Leeds Loves Food in the comment section below. I for one can’t wait for Leeds Loves Food 2014.

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