Leeds Loves Food Festival

We are very excited about the Leeds Loves Food festival. We have 2 events organised, and we would love for you to come along!

Great Leeds Bake Off- Saturday 8th May

Celebrate Leeds Loves Food (and cake!)

We’ve been inspired by the Leeds Loves Food festival to celebrate our love of cake, and have launched a baking competition to raise funds for Age UK Leeds. All money raised will help support some of the most vulnerable older people in the city.

 To celebrate the Leeds Loves Food festival we’re looking for bakers to take part in our Great Leeds Bake Off. And lots of people to help us eat the cakes! Cakes will be judged by: Clandestine Cake Club founder, and cake recipe book author, Lynn Hill.

And MasterChef Vivek Singh Kashiwale, born and trained in India, is a multi-award winning chef who worked for 5 years for the world’s first Indian Michelin Star Chef Vineet Bhatia. http://the1875.co.uk/

Bake a cake inspired by one of these categories :

  • Leeds Love Food
  • Vintage/retro
  • International

(Remember, you can enter more than one category but only need to buy one baking ticket! )

Cakes will be judged on taste and how they interpret the category. The competition is open to all, from 5 year old children to seasoned bakers. But remember, we definitely believe that appearances can be deceiving- it’s all about the taste!

It’s all fundraising fun, and without the cakes, we can’t eat! Have a go and enter a cake- we’ll all enjoy it even if it turns out lopsided!

Owing to cake eating popularity, we request that only people who are accompanying a baker purchase an ‘eater’ ticket. Join us at The Arch Café for an afternoon of cake delights, to enjoy eating competition cakes and drinking lots of Yorkshire Tea. 2 slices or 7 slices, eat as much as you like!

Admission costs £5 (under 10s go free) , and unlimited cups of Yorkshire tea will be available. All money raised will support Age UK to help older people across Leeds.

The Great Leeds Bake Off will take place at Age UK Leeds, which incorporates The Arch Café.


[Cakes will be handmade by people baking in their home kitchens. They are eaten and enjoyed at your own risk]                                                            

There will be lots of food stall and events taking place around Leeds that day. Bring your cakes to Age UK Leeds between 9am-2pm, explore some of the foodie goodies in Leeds, and finish off your day with cake!

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Get your chocolate on!  Saturday 25th May                                                               Do you love chocolate? Wondered how you can make your own?                          As part of the Leeds Loves Food Festival, we are delighted to help you move on from  ordinary into the realm of gourmet, and you too could ,   be making your own exciting chocolate!

Local amateur cake maker and chocolatier Mike Wallis (@nalsa) will be demonstrating how to make flavoured truffles, pralines and other sweets which you can make at home. Tell him what to make from the ingredients available!

Saturday 25th May. Demos will be held at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm and last 30 minutes plus Q&A, no need to book. Demos will be held in the Harrison Room, part of the Arch Cafe and Age UK Leeds. Buy a cup of tea or coffee whist you watch Mike work his magic, and then why not enjoy your lunch sat outside in the churchyard

(If you were at the Town Hall Bettakultcha, you will have heard Mike give a 5 minute intro to chocolate, and may have been lucky enough to taste one of his creations which were eagerly passed round the audience!)

Mike at Bettakultcha  



Concert in the cafe! Saturday 11th May

Opera NorthGrab a cup of tea and settle in to enjoy some great moments from opera unfold around you….

  • Have you ever wanted to hear some opera?                                              Worried that opera  may not be               for you?                                                     Think that a free performance whilst enjoying coffee and cake may be a great opportunity to try it out?                          We are delighted to annouce that Opera North are putting on 3 free performances in the Arch Cafe.

Soprano Bibi Heal escapes from the stage and lands in the Arch Café, to perform some of opera’s most beautiful and dramatic moments, from Spain, France and Italy, accompanied by accordion.

Find your socks blown off by the power and beauty of the operatic voice up close, and do something really different with your afternoon tea break.

Concerts last approx 25 minutes and are free of charge to café customers.                  No need to book.                                                                                                          Start times:   12.30pm     1.30pm      2.30pm