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A new, collaborative, city-wide festival of independent food and drink culture for Leeds, West Yorkshire.
A new, collaborative, city-wide festival of independent food and drink culture for Leeds, West Yorkshire.
171 backers pledged £9,066 to help bring this project to life.

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Our independent food and drink scene is thriving, and we want you to help us celebrate all that Leeds has to offer by backing Leeds Indie Food (#LIF15).

Leeds already has a food festival, full of chain restaurants and sponsored by a supermarket, but we think the city deserves something that tastes a bit better... a bit more independent.

We're going to curate a fortnight of brilliant events all over Leeds, in and around the restaurants, bars, cafes and venues you enjoy week in week out. The festival is scheduled for May 2015.

Leeds Indie Food will feature :

  • Tasting Menus
  • Food Slams
  • Brewery Takeovers
  • Street Food
  • Workshops
  • Food Trails
  • Podcasts
  • Film Screenings
  • And much much more...

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All of the ticket money from these events will go directly to the independent businesses and venues. We are not collecting a percentage or charging any fees to be a part of the festival. We want Leeds Indie Food to be as open and transparent as possible. The team will help organise, promote and develop events with independent businesses but those businesses will maintain complete financial control.

We'll also be launching a festival wristband which will give you access to exclusive products, discounts, priority tickets, wristband-only events, special menus and more.

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Why we need your help:

The team are giving their time and skills to deliver the festival, but we can't ask the independent businesses helping us to work for free. Your backing will pay for everything we need to shout about the festival and make it a success.

  • Design work for print, posters, advertising and website. (~20%)
  • Videography and photography. (~15%)
  • Advertising (~20%)
  • Printing (~15%)
  • Launch and closing events (~20%)
  • Operating costs (~10%)

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We've already got the support of some fantastic independent businesses like these guys:

We have a fantastic print partner in the form of Leeds' own Awesome Merchandise, who will help us fulfil both the printing and merchandise for the festival itself and your exclusive backers' rewards.

The guys over at The City Talking are helping us spread the word as a media partner and supporter.

We've also been working with Leeds-based designers Passport and Hungry Sandwich Club and videographers Copper Productions.

We want to keep everything we need for the festival independent and Leeds-based. We were inspired by Duke Studio's innovative #LeedsIndieBikes project and we're running the festival under the banner of @LeedsIndie, an umbrella group helping connect and inspire independent businesses all over the city.

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Tweet: @LeedsIndieFood | #LIF15

Email: matt@leedsindiefood.co.uk

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The Team:

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The Video:

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How you can get involved:

If you like the sound of what we're doing we'd love you to keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. If you're an independent business owner, food or otherwise, and would like to know more about being involved register your details here

Risks and challenges

If we don't reach our goal we'll still try our hardest to deliver the festival through other sources of sponsorship or funding, but we want to create something truly independent. We want Leeds Indie Food to be the best representation of independent food and drink culture, to work with independent businesses through the whole process and to keep you involved and informed along the way.

We believe the best way to do that is through crowd funding a festival, a festival that really belongs to independents and to you.

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    An invitation to the backers' launch party on the first day of the festival. Celebrate with us in style.

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    An extended festival programme printed by a Leeds independent business. Contains loads of extra content, features, recipes, maps and more... PLUS An invitation to the backers' launch party.

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    A one-off Festival tote-bag featuring a design by Hungry Sandwich Club... PLUS An extended festival programme and an invitation to the backers' launch party.

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    OPTION 1: An exclusive festival t-shirt designed by Hungry Sandwich Club and printed by Awesome Merchandise... PLUS A tote bag to keep it in, an extended festival programme and an invitation to the backers' launch party.

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    OPTION 2: An exclusive festival tea towel designed by Hungry Sandwich Club and printed by Awesome Merchandise... PLUS A tote bag to keep it in, an extended festival programme and an invitation to the backers' launch party.

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    OPTION 3: An exclusive screen-printed poster designed by Hungry Sandwich Club and printed by Awesome Merchandise... PLUS A tote bag to keep it in, an extended festival programme and an invitation to the backers' launch party.

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    A seat at the exclusive backers' meal celebrating independent Leeds food and drink... PLUS your choice of any £25 reward tier (Please state Option 1, 2 or 3)

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    DESIGN THE FRIENDS OF HAM FESTIVAL SHARING PLATE. You and a friend help put together a special sharing plate and matching drink to be sold throughout the festival. Taste test potential meats and cheeses with Team Ham and find the perfect drinks match from their award-winning selection… PLUS your choice of any £25 reward tier (Please state Option 1, 2 or 3)

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    DESIGN THE SELA FESTIVAL PIZZA. You and a friend help create and name a special pizza to be sold by Sela Bar and Pizza Bus throughout the festival then test it out at a pizza party for 10… PLUS your choice of any £25 reward tier (Please state Option 1, 2 or 3)

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    BELGRAVE FEAST: ACCESS ALL AREAS. A pizza masterclass with Head Doughboy Ben for you and a friend, plus a personalised Dough Boys apron to take home. Then eat your fill with a AAA pass for free food from EVERY trader, all washed down with Festival drink and Laynes Coffee... PLUS your choice of any £25 reward tier (Please state Option 1, 2 or 3)

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    DESIGN THE FESTIVAL BAKE WITH NOISETTE BAKEHOUSE. You and a friend work with Sarah to create and bake a special cake, brownie or biscuit to be sold during the festival. Learn the secrets of the Noisette kitchen then test out your creation with tea and cake for 8… PLUS your
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    BREW THE FESTIVAL BEER WITH NORTHERN MONK. You and a friend help create and name a special bottle or keg to be sold throughout the festival and get involved in the brewing process from start to finish at Northern Monk’s Holbeck brewery. Celebrate with an exclusive tasting in the tap room. PLUS your choice of any £25 reward tier (Please state Option 1, 2 or 3)

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    MINI INDEPENDENT BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP: A quarter page advert in the programme for your independent business... PLUS listed as a sponsor on our website and relevant social media coverage.

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    INDEPENDENT BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP: A half page advert in the programme for your independent business... PLUS listed as a sponsor on our website, your logo featured on our website footer and relevant social media coverage.

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    CHARITY/EDUCATIONAL SPONSORSHIP: A half page advert in the programme for your charity or educational establishment... PLUS listed as a sponsor on our website, your logo featured on our website footer and relevant social media coverage.

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    Personal pop-up dining experience. The Trestle team will provide a one-of-a-kind pop-up restaurant experience for 12 people in a super special location... PLUS the t-shirt, tea towel, poster, tote bag, expanded programme and an invitation to backers' launch party.

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    SUPER INDEPENDENT BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP: A full page advert in the programme for your independent business... PLUS listed as a sponsor on our website, your logo featured on our website footer and relevant social media coverage.

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    FESTIVAL SPONSOR: A full page advert in the programme for your independent business for the next three years, your logo on the front page of this year's programme and on festival wristband... PLUS listed as a sponsor on our website, your logo featured on our website footer and relevant social media coverage.

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