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Leeds Food & Drink Festival

10 Jun 2014
The problem I have with food festivals is that I always want every, single, item on offer, and my indecisive nature means that I struggle big time trying to choose something to get. A spontaneous trip to the Leeds Food Festival with my fellow foodie Emily was on the cards last week, and being surrounded by food, along with beautiful sunshine really made for a special last day in Leeds.

I can't believe I won't be here next year, but I do have lots of French food and wine to look forward to, so I'm not really complaining!






First stop: The Traditional Fudge Stall, featuring some of my favourite flavours including Chocolate Orange, Caramel and Chocolate and Banana. Although I didn't purchase anything (so many regrets), I feel suddenly inspired to attempt my own fudge. What do you think? Has anyone attempted making fudge before?


Second stop: Sukhothai. I've been enjoying oriental cuisine more and more lately, and everything on offer here looked incredible and so beautifully laid out. 




Myself and Emily decided instantly that we wanted to try out some Thai food so I went for the Pulled Pork with Jasmine Rice (predictably), whilst Emily went for the Chicken Pad Thai. I have to be honest and say that I didn't enjoy mine as much as I expected to. It didn't really feel like pulled pork to me, and although it was yummy, it wasn't what I was expecting and also had far too much fat for my liking. Emily's was crazily tasty though, so she let me have a few forkfuls!




Fillmore and Union is a place that I can't say I've ever heard of before. Myself and Emily were instantly drawn in however by the friendly, chatty people behind the stall, and by the enticing yet also incredibly healthy looking food and drinks. I love raw juices, but I prefer fruity ones to the standard green types, so Emily happily agreed to share a 'Summer Love' with me which included Pineapple, Strawberry, Lemon and Mint. It's always a bonus when something tastes delicious but it also incredibly healthy!







Before we left the festival we passed an amazing cake stall which reminded me of cakes I made when I was younger, which I covered with marshmallows and other yummy sweets! I made the rookie error of running out of cash though so couldn't get one... but at least it's a lesson learnt!


After a good few hours browsing, it was time to settle down on a bench and rest our legs. We turned the corner to find an adorable little garden and a view of some lovely buildings, so I took these pictures as a reminder of the beauty of Leeds when I'm not here!



Have you been to any food and drink festivals before? And does anyone know of any great summer ones in or around South East England? 

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10 comments on "Leeds Food & Drink Festival"
  1. Lovely photographs. Everything looks so fun and delicious.

    I think you should definitely attempt you own fudge. I, for one, wouldn't know how to make fudge for the life of me! Good luck if you do choose to. :)

    Naturally Jes

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    1. Haha thanks I think I might need the luck! I have a few free months so we shall see... stay tuned ;)

      Imogen x

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  2. This post has made me so hungry! I went to the Devon Food & Drink festival last year and it was amazing, I couldn't go this year which was so sad but if you're ever in the SW around the end of April I'd recommend it!

    Bxx
    b-jolly.co.uk

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    1. I LOVE Devon so this doesn't surprise me!

      Imogen x

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  3. oh my god i am now sooo hungry, i could dive in all that fudge. i've always wanted to go to a food festival!
    Jennifers Journal xx

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    1. Go!! Haha I've always wanted to go and now I've done it. They're great for giving out free samples as well :) x

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  4. Oooh this this looks so fun and that fudge stall looks especially nom! I wish there was something like this near me.

    Eleanor -
    https://elesaurusrawr.blogspot.com/

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    1. Same.. I mean it was fine when I was in Leeds but now my closest festival will be London! I guess you just have to plan it well and if you visit any friends in a big city or anything check to see what's on! x

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  5. What a lovely day! Everything looks so delish. x Jazzy at hivenn

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