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Everything You Need to Know About North Leeds Food Festival

Yorkshire’s best chefs will be showcasing their talents at North Leeds Food Festival in Roundhay Park over two dates in 2021, in partnership with Yorkshire Food Guide and Leeds Cookery School

After being forced to cancel in 2020, organisers are bringing the North Leeds Food Festival back to Roundhay Park for its 5th-anniversary celebrations on 7-8 August and 11th-12th September 2021, and promise a bigger selection of food and drink, alongside brand new performances and attractions.

For  North Leeds Food Festival attendees looking for some exciting food-related activities, The Cookery Theatre will be taking centre stage after its initial success in 2019, with support from Leeds Cookery School and Yorkshire Food Guide. Experienced chefs from across the region will be presenting original dishes and entertaining attendees with five performances a day, including Brett Lee, local owner of Stuzzi Restaurant in Leeds that specialises in Italian cuisine, Jamie Clinton, head chef of Shears Yard known for his unique dishes, and Afsaneh Kaviani, owner of Afsaneh’s Kitchen, who was a 2012 Masterchef contestant, and now runs her own Persian supper club and provides private cooking classes.

Live chef demo lineup

Saturday 11th September

  • 12 pm – Loc Bui, Loc’s Taste of Vietnam
  • 1 pm – Afsaneh Kaviani – Afsaneh’s Kitchen
  • 2 pm – Jono Hawthorne – Vice and Virtue
  • 3 pm – Anthony O’Shaughnessy – Leeds Cookery School

Sunday 12th September

  • 12 pm – Scott Masey, Leeds Cookery School
  • 1 pm – Ben Iley, House of Fu
  • 2 pm – Josh Whitehead, Harewood Food and Drink Project
  • 3 pm – Andy Castle, Ox Club
  • 4 pm – Ben Davy, Meatless Farm

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“After the success of North Leeds Food Festival’s previous years, and the incredible chefs that have already been featured across Ilkley and Harrogate at our festivals this year, we are extremely excited to invite attendees back into the Cookery Theatre at Roundhay Park to enjoy some exciting demonstrations. This is the perfect chance to take a look into the quality teaching and passion behind the doors of our favourite local restaurants!” – Hannah Dewhirst, Festival Coordinator.

What’s On at North Leeds Food Festival 2021

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North Leeds Food Festival’s focus is on a huge selection of freshly made international cuisine, independent bars and breweries, an expansive artisan market featuring local produce, craft and wellbeing businesses. the main stage will have live music, entertainers and performers, an extensive children’s activities programme, including magic, shows, a traditional funfair and animal exhibits that encourage the whole family to get involved.

Celebrating international cuisine, North Leeds Food Festival will feature a huge variety of popular street food traders from across the UK, all showcasing their unique dishes. This includes traditional Italian, Greek, Lebanese, Japanese, American and Canadian cuisine, as well as some home comforts and specialist dessert traders. There will also be catering options for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets.

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As always, the backdrop to the North Leeds Food Festival will be the Main Stage, featuring local singers, musicians and performers, including Jess Simpson, covering classics from 1950s Motown, pop, blues and country up to the present day, and Andy Taft, with his soulful guitar sound, creating 1970s ethereal soft rock.

The North Leeds Food Festival is partnered with charity MIND and will be helping to raise money for their Leeds team, which support those suffering from mental health difficulties.

With excellent transport links, and dogs welcome, thousands are expected to join the celebrations at Roundhay Park on August 7th and 8th.

North Leeds Food Festival Dates, Times & Tickets

Saturday 11th September 2021: 10am-8pm
Sunday 12th September 2021: 10am-6pm


North Leeds Food Festival, Roundhay Park, Leeds


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Written by

Peter Henry


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