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Published : 17/05/2012 00:00

Leeds market launches global food festival

Kirkgate Market is flinging open its doors to celebrate the wonderful array of international food it has to offer in the many market halls over the next three months.

As part of the Leeds Gold celebrations across the city, The Global Food Market has launched at Leeds Kirkgate Market this week.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Reverend Alan Taylor launched the initiative earlier in the week with the help of an authentic zulu dance group who performed throughout the market halls.

Global Food Markets, which is being run in partnership with Shelf Life ltd who run The Source, will explore the cuisine of six different cultures in the market over the next three months – Southern African, Chinese, Russian, Australian, Canadian and Dutch.

Perceptions of food from different cultures will be challenged as different food from the various countries are presented at The Source in a series of foodie events.

The first event – from 16 to 19 May, will see an introduction to Southern African food with demos and tastings of both the exotic and the familiar. The international themes then continue with Australian, Russian, Chinese, Canadian and Dutch cuisines being explored.

As well as the focus on the international food on offer, the best of British will also be on show on Saturday 26 May when renowned Yorkshire chef Brian Turner will make an appearance at The Source as part of Leeds Loves Food - meeting market goers and signing copies of his new book.


As part of the programme, Leeds’ school groups have been signing up to take tours around the market and discover more about the origins, traditions and practicalities of the Global Food Markets on offer. To date over 900 students have signed up.

The Global Food Market celebrations also include a leaflet which offers money-off vouchers and details of how to get free parking for an hour when you spend over £20 in the market. The leaflets are available at the market information centre, The Source,and many other locations across Leeds.

Councillor Gerry Harper, Leeds City Council markets champion said:


“The market offers such a huge array of different foods, and it is fantastic that we are utilising and finding out more about what it can offer.

“When we think of getting a takeaway, we do not usually sample the delights and specialities of each specific culture.

“Not only can the market offer a great array of food, but also the advice to go with it.

“There are already a number of school groups booked in to have tours around the market, and I would encourage anyone who wants to try something a little bit different to pop down to the market to source a meal with a difference.”

For more information and updates on the Global Food Market please visit www.leedsmarkets.co.uk or follow @leedsmarkets.