There are few things greater in this world that like-minded people coming together to create something new and inspired. Ladies & Gentlement, let me introduce you to…Leeds Indie Food!
We’re so lucky in and around Leeds, we’ve been inundated in the last 12 months with new restaurants, big chains as well as indies, however the one thing that Leeds is really missing is a good honest, independent food festival.
Leeds already has a food festival of sorts, full of chain restaurants and sponsored by a supermarket, but the team from Leeds Indie Food think the city deserves something that tastes a bit better… a bit more independent, and I couldn’t agree more.
When Lil got in touch about the project and to invite myself a heap of other indie food lovers from Leeds to the launch of the campaign I couldn’t have been swifter with my Yes! I’m very lucky to be invited along to a lot of foodie events, but non thrill me as much as new indies opening their doors, or branching out, it makes me happy for sure!
Leeds Indie Food is a new, collaborative, city wide festival of independent food and drink culture scheduled for May 2015, to celebrate all that Leeds food and drink scene has to offer and encourage collaboration, as well as help nurture the independent community.
#LIF15 won’t be a customer facing marketplace like the council backed Leeds Loves Food Matt, Ross and the gang want a food festival run by and for the real heart of independent Leeds.
The aim of the game is simple, local businesses supporting and promoting them selves and contemporaries over a two-week period; think special tasting menus at your best generic ambien favourite neighbourhood bistro, city wide burger slam to see who’s flipping the best patties, favourite craft beer brewery might take over a bar for a week, or maybe a double bill of foodie documentaries at an independent cinema.
Alongside these ticketed events there’ll be free content like podcasts, maps and workshops, and a festival wristband that gets you access to exclusive products (e.g. a special festival beer), discounts, wristband only events and priority ticket sales. Hello…sign me up!
The whole team is giving their time and skills to deliver the festival, but they don’t want to be asking the independent businesses who are helping them to work for free, so they’re running a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter.com to cover start-up and promotional costs. They’re looking to raise £6750 to pay for advertising, design, printing and everything else we need to shout about the festival. As it stands right now they are 50% there, but you know the score, every little helps!
As with all kickstarters, by way of thanks, the money you invest is then gifted back to you in awesome forms, such as tickets, tote bags, privite dinning experiences and not forgetting T-shirts & Tea Towels! Matt & Ross have also filmed a video to tell everyone a bit more about the campaign featuring some great Leeds independents like Leeds Bread Coop, Laynes Espresso, Belgrave Music Hall and Bundobust.
It would mean so much to the wonderful team behind it, and to me if you could take a little time to visit the Kickstarter page and if you feel like getting involved and being a part of the festival then simply donate and become a backer!