Eat North is just around the corner again, and there’s only two left this year!
It’s one of my favourite city centre summer events. Beer’s a flowing, food’s a flowing… the same can be said about the atmosphere and music, and for good measure, let’s throw in the abundance of cute dogs you’re able to stroke too.
We popped down last week, took the in-laws, for what ended up becoming quite the boozy beer trail, taste testing our way through Leeds.Of course, our starting point was directly at North Brewing, where with a beer in hand, the sun shining, and our conversation in full flow, we enjoyed everything that Saturday had to bring.
And it events like these, that makes Leeds such an exciting city and why I love living here.
For those of you who don’t know, Eat North is organised by the masterminds of Leeds Indie Food, and held at the North Brewing Co. taproom, north of the city centre. Serving beers, cider and prosecco on tap, taproom is the holy grail for any beer lover, with beer tanks lining the side of the room.And perfect for these sunny weekends that we’ve been having, the taproom is opened to the outside, where by the front entrance, gazebos, tables and benches are setup. Children and doggos are very much welcome too.
The independent food vendors, which change weekly too, are ready to feed the hunger fuelled by the beer, serving up a range of sweet ‘n’ savoury, with vegetarian and vegan friendly nibbles too.
There’s always music on, and you might even find that the DJ will be on the decks for your entertainment. Summer games, like corn dog can be played and sunburns are kept at bay with free sun cream on the side.If you’re somewhat of a regular too, you’ll know the drill, and you’ll probably have your favourite drink or two.
And what I just can’t resist is their rhubarb cider. Summer in a pint… fruity, refreshing and sweet. I’m very partial for a Transmission too, but at 6.9%, just the one will do for me.
There’s plenty to pick from, and more than enough to see you through the day. Whether you like strong hopsy ones, dark and bitter, pale ales, kolsch style or intrigued by whacky flavours, you have until 10PM to discover your favourite.And amid it all, the smell of food laces the space. Mmmm…. Sun, beer and food.
What caught our eye that weekend was a humongous calzone from Fritto which was filled with mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Parmesan and pancetta. Gooey melted cheese, inside a squishy bread and crispy coating. It was phenomenal.For the second snack, we tried the jackfruit wrap from Oh My Glaze.
It’s rare seeing it on a menu, so it had to be done. Not quite a mammoth as the calzone, but the wrap was light and tasty, with a very juicy jackfruit filling, rolled in with avocado and crispy onions. The other vendors were very tempting as per usual, but as we were heading out for food later, we wanted to save some appetite for then.
I’ve been to most of the Eat North’s organised this year and can’t believe we’re down to our last two of the year. There will be a final closing party on the 15th September to celebrate another awesome year of it. Next week too, it’s the second vegan special one that they will be organising as Vegan North.So, there we have it…. There’s two more opportunities to head over to Eat North and truly revel the awesome food and beer community that Leeds has, whilst hopefully basking in a glorious full day of sunshine.
See you there,