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The Return of Leeds Indie Food

LIF17 Launch Image

We know we’ve not really got spring going yet, but the sun’s out this afternoon (trust us, it was), and we’re daring to let our thoughts drift into Summer. Summer in Leeds can mean only one thing; the return of Leeds Indie Food Festival (aka #LIF17), the city-wide celebration of independent food and drink culture. This will be the 3rd year for the festival, and it’s shaping up to be quite the fortnight. We’ve already been teased with an array of mouthwatering, thirst quenching events (see here), with many more to follow in the coming weeks, and we have to say that we can’t wait to see the city’s outstanding indies brought into the spotlight once more. We truly believe Leeds has one of the best independent scenes in the country, so a festival designed to celebrate and promote that is right up our street.

As with previous years you can pick up a festival passport, designed to help you get the absolute best out of the festival at the bargain price of a tenner (£11 inc. booking fee). Passport holders get access to priority tickets and discounts on tickets, food or drink from all #LIF17 venues, so it’s well worth getting your hands on one. Passports are not only useful, but they’re fun too. Fill them with stamps from participating venues, then sit back and admire your amazing effort, supporting and exploring your city’s hard working indies!

As for us, we’ve got a tasty little number lined up as part of the festivities, in the shape of a collaborative beer dinner with our friends down at Redchurch Brewery.

Friends of Ham X Redchurch

We love a good beer dinner as it gives our kitchen guys an opportunity to come up with a 1-off menu of brand new dishes to complement the beers on offer. These beers from Redchurch’s Urban Farmhouse range are pretty special too, experimenting with different wild yeast cultures, fermentation techniques and varying adjuncts in the brewing process. 5 courses, 5 beers, 5 unique and stimulating flavour experiences; and we’ll even be joined by some of the team from Redchurch to talk with us about their new venture, and what these beers will bring out in the dishes.

Tickets cost £25, and full event details can be found here.

But that’s not all! The guys at our new venture, Ham & Friends, are also getting into the festival spirit by teaming up with their pals over at Food&_ to bring food photographer and stylist Victoria Harley (Simple Things, Channel 4 Food, Slow Dough) in for an intimate hands-on food styling and photography workshop!

Food Styling and Photography

If you want to learn a range of practical tips to propel your food photography to the next level, this is the event for you. Working with a selection of dishes and sets, Victoria will share her industry secrets, walking you through all aspects of the process from lighting principles to prop sourcing.

After finishing the workshop with an informal question and answer session, you’ll end the day sharing a meal with Victoria and the Food&_ team, prepared by the talented Ham & Friends kitchen, where you can ask any final questions or perhaps put your new found skills to the test!

The workshop costs £100 per person and is suitable for all levels of photographers. The ticket cost includes refreshments during the workshop, and a meal and drinks at Ham & Friends afterwards, but you will have to supply your own camera!

Full event details can be found here.

If all that excitement wasn’t enough, Ham & Friends have one final event lined up to complete the hammy offerings. They’ll be joining forces with friends and neighbours Yorkshire Wine School and George & Joseph to bring you a cheese & wine pairing evening with a healthy dollop of competition.

Cheese and wine at ham

Laura from Yorkshire Wine School will be bringing along a selection of wines to match with some fabulous cheeses which will be supplied by George & Joseph. Our wine buffs at Ham & Friends will offer an alternative wine pairing sourced from our own range and guests will vote to decide which match works best. Yorkshire Wine School is an independent wine education company specialising in hosting wine tastings and wine courses, and George & Joseph are Leeds’ only specialist cheesemongers, so who better to collaborate with to explore the marriage of cheese and wine pairing? We may be friends, but don’t be fooled into thinking it won’t be competitive…let the battle commence!

Full event details can be found here.

Summer, we’re ready for you!

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