North Leeds Food Festival returns to Roundhay Park this weekend - everything you need to know

By Dave Himelfield

One of Britain's best-loved food festivals returns to Leeds this weekend.

North Leeds Food Festival – voted the UK's best non-music festival by readers of The i – will be back in Roundhay Park on Saturday and Sunday.

The street food, artisan drink, shopping and entertainment blowout took place in the park a month ago.

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But for those who missed it, there's a second bite of the cherry at this weekend's 'Autumn Edition' festival.

The festival features 20-plus international hot street food traders plus more than 65 market stalls from independent Yorkshire businesses.

Ilkley Brewery will be serving their real ales at the Soldiers Ale House while those after cocktails can indulge in rum and gin-based drinks nearby.

North Leeds Food Festival returns to Roundhay Park this weekend (North Leeds Food Festival)

For those wishing to cook like the best, there will be the Cookery Theatre with live demos from Leeds Cookery School, the city's top chefs and special guest Jono Hawthorne, a finalist on Masterchef: The Professionals last year.

And it's not just about the food and drink. There's a raft of live bands and singers, a funfair and inflatable land for the kids, live family entertainment, henna tattoo artists, face painting and arts and craft activities.

The festival will raise money for Leeds Mind mental health charity.

Hannah Dewhirst, festival coordinator, said: "It's been a really hard year – everyone has been struggling in different ways, and the events industry was the first to shut down, and the last to reopen due to the pandemic.

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"We really want our last festival this year to be a celebration of Leeds, and to give independent businesses, musicians and chefs a chance to come back into the community.

"It's the perfect opportunity for family and friends to get back together."

Remaining tickets cost between £3.50 and £10.95. Under-fives go free.

For tickets and more information visit North Leeds Food Festival's official website.

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