With the beautiful weather this week you may have been making the most of the sun with a good old BBQ but make sure you leave room in your tummies for this weekend because Leeds Loves Food festival is here. From the 25 to the 27 of May Leeds will be showcasing some of the finest food, local and beyond.
The festival will take part in various foodie places which include; Kirkgate Market, Leeds Corn Exchange, Victoria Quarter, The Light, St John’s Centre, Merrion Centre and of course Millennium Square.
A Leeds Loves Food Kitchen Theatre will be located at Millennium Square for the weekend showcasing food demonstrations from local restaurants such as Salvos, Leeds College, Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food and many more. For a full line up of the shows visit http://www.leedslovesfood.com/kitchen-theatre
The Light plans to have sizzling Courtyard kitchen demonstrations from their popular restaurants in aid of Meanwood Valley Urban Farm. The event will be hosted by Real Radio DJ Pete Egerton. Event goers will be able to meet baby chicks and bunnies from the farm as well as the opportunity to purchase fresh produce.
Leeds Kirkgate Market will be holding a World Food event which will go on until July. Throughout the three months the market will showcase food from; China, Russia, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands with a launch event around the culinary delights of Southern Africa. Local community groups will be involved in the event showing off their skills in cooking demonstrations, food tasting and cultural activities.
Leeds Corn Exchange is hosting both ticketed and free events. The ticketed event is, An Evening with Brian Turner, who has designed a Yorkshire menu which is to be cooked by Anthony Flinn. All ingredients will be sourced from the finest Yorkshire produce. Tickets cost £50 and can be purchased through the Leeds Loves Food website. The free event, Cornucopia, will be featuring local produce to buy and taste.
If you would like to see Brian Turner for free the Merrion Centre will be hosting live cooking demonstrations by him on the 25th of May between 1.30pm and 5pm.
St Johns Centre will be featuring the Pampered Chefs over Friday and Saturday who will be taking charge of cooking demonstration and inviting people to taste some of their concoctions as well as showcasing their range of cooking utensils and Pampered Chef nights.
Victoria Quarter will be showcasing some of Yorkshires finest culinary products with tasting demonstrations and stalls from the centres six food venues.
For more information on other venues and events going on over weekend visit the festival calendar here.