Work with Us

Leeds Indie Food started out as a bespoke festival and has grown to become a home of food, drink, produce and more. Throughout the year we work with traders, venues and vans to curate unique events and supply food and drink to some of the UK’s most iconic venues.

Here’s a quick run-down of all the ways you can get involved and work with us. Whether you’re a street food trader looking for new places to pitch, a Leeds-based venue wanting to play your part in this year’s festival, an events manager seeking a little something special for your clients or looking to refresh your portfolio of events and activities, or a lover of all things food and drink looking for a way to get involved and support Leeds Indie Food or gain a little work experience, read on for the many opportunities we have for you.

Leeds Indie Food Festival

Five years in the making, Leeds Indie Food Festival has established a national reputation for Leeds and its independent food and drink establishments. With praise heaped on the city from national titles such as Guardian, Lonely Planet, Daily Mail, Observer and Independent, and critics hailing the city as the food capital of the North, here at Leeds Indie Food we have set our sights on a bold new future for food and drink Leeds.

This is our gift to the city. A platform for your creative experimentation playing out in venues across the city we welcome ideas from all corners of the culinary map. If you’re a venue and want to host an event during Leeds Indie Food Festival keep your peepers peeled for the annual call for events.

Eat North

Our annual collaboration with Leeds’ very own North Brewing Co sees the Summer weeks filled with food, beer, music and chilled out party vibes come rain or shine. Family-friendly, pet-friendly and just all round welcoming Eat North rolls up the shutters of North Brew Co’s Leeds brewery, and fills up the car park with the smell of food glorious food. From themed event such as Seafood North and Christmas North to the summer staples, Eat North offers a range of street food traders the chance to fill up the hungry bellies of more than 6,000 happy customers per event. If you fancy being a trader or a volunteer at this year’s programme of Eat North events send Simon an email from the link below. Please include photos, menu samples and social media contacts as all events are curated to ensure quality and variety.

Become a Trader/Volunteer

Chow Down

Launched in 2018 Chow Down is a unique food, drink and cultural concept that works with small towns and cities to highlight and programme their most iconic venues and celebrate their heritage. A laid-back, family-friendly blend of street food, art, culture and music, Chow Down currently runs as a summer programme in Halifax’s historic Peace Hall and brings life to the ancient walls of Lincoln Castle. With a roster of street traders spanning the length and breadth of the country and partners across culture, music, entertainment and arts we can curate a festival programme to suit the needs of any space, shining a light on our historic treasures. For traders we attract thousands of hungry customers per event depending on the size of the venue giving you an opportunity to meet new customers, network with other traders in the industry and get your brand noticed by events managers and producers. If you’d like to talk to us about hosting a Chow Down event or becoming a Chow Down click the button below and we’ll be in touch. Traders please include photos, menu samples and social media contacts as all events are curated to ensure quality and variety.

Chat to us about Chow Down

Chow Down Presents…

New for 2019 Chow Down Presents… brings a pop-up curated cultural experience to major cities who are no stranger to fine dining. Gathering together a select list of that city’s finest independent food and drink retailers, producers and chefs around a single long-table dining experience, guests will experience a taste of what their home city has to offer from food, drink, culture, art, performance and music. Celebrating the shared dining culture, diners are invited to experience a venue they think they know like they’ve never seen it before, dressed to impress, and filled with old favourites offering a new twist and an invite to look again at their home city with fresh perspectives. Working with the independent food producers of each specific city to form new collaborations, fusions and experimentations in food and drink alongside an evening of alternative performance, art and culture, Chow Down Presents… works with cities to find unique and distinctive venues, curate collaborations and commission a cultural experience that could be experienced in that city at that moment. If you’re looking to breathe life into a cultural gem, excite and engage new audiences then drop us a line at the link below to find out more.

Chow Down Presents Enquiry

Event creation and consultancy

Known for our creative approach to events and an enviable little black book of traders, venues, breweries and producers we are often approached to support existing events, develop new concepts or curate the food and drink offer for a myriad of events and venues. If you’re looking for a way to bring a little something extra to your events or you’re a trader, producer or supplier looking for new opportunities get in touch with us to discuss options for how we can support you, your business and your events. We have worked with clients in urban and rural settings from the leafy grounds of National Trust’s Fountains Abbey to the pop-up takeover of an urban car park for Leeds 2023’s Big Send Off celebration. To explore ideas and opportunities get in touch with our man who always has a plan:

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we don’t just create events at Leeds Indie Food, it’s our aim to build a creative, collaborative community working together and supporting each other to build a world class reputation for Leeds as a city of food and culture. Throughout the year we work with volunteers on a range of opportunities from event staff for Chow Down, Chow Down Presents…, and Eat North to social media content producers, writers, photographers and more across the 18 day Leeds Indie Food Festival. If you’re interested in being part of some of the most exciting food and drinks events in the UK say hi to Simon at [email protected] with the subject header VOLUNTEER.
The fun doesn’t stop here. We have big plans for our future which will see more and more opportunities to promote and support independent food and drink retailers and producers across Leeds and the country. You can find out all you need to know and keep up to date with our future plans over here.

For general updates and information on forthcoming opportunities you can sign up to our dedicated traders email below.

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