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Although a relative newbie to the festival scene, Leeds Indie Food has become a firm favourite with foodies across Leeds and beyond.  Although you could spend the whole two weeks gorging on mouthwatering food and drink experiences, there’s plenty more than eating on the calendar.  With food styling masterclasses, film nights and exhibitions throughout the fortnight, there’s something to help everyone get their creative juices flowing.

Buttercrumble are a creative twin-team who will be heading up a drawing workshop for Leeds Indie Food, taking inspiration from the wonder food that is cake. We spoke to the pair about what to expect and how picking up a pencil and pad fits into a food festival.

How did you become involved in Leeds Indie Food Festival?

It was such a pleasure to exhibit as part of the Women | Art | Food exhibition at Leeds Gallery (Munro House) in conjunction with Leeds Indie Food Festival last year. From that moment, we knew we wanted to get involved in 2017 too. We contacted the festival personally with our idea for running a workshop and are pleased to say we’re now on board for LIF17.

 

How does a drawing workshop tie in with a food festival?

Creativity is a quality that we attribute to both art and food. The festival, food and art bring people together and that is what we hope to achieve with our workshop.

 

What’s the concept behind your workshop and what should people expect?

If you love cake (who doesn’t?) this is the workshop for you. We’re inviting people to join us for a drawing workshop at the wonderful House of Koko in Chapel Allerton. This is a workshop with a difference as it entices all the senses. Guests will create illustrated responses to the cakes they taste, see, smell and touch.

What are your top tips for creating culinary drawings full of character?


Use all your senses, can you depict it’s taste or smell through the use of colour or mark-making? Sometimes drawings are more engaging when it is not an exact replication but tells a narrative and is playful. Try and be free with your drawing and have fun.


Why is it important for a food festival includes lots of different types of events?

Food creates a great focus for social activities, as it creates common ground. Our workshop is not just about tasting the cakes (although there will be a lot of that!) it’s about learning or developing a skill too.


What would your advice be to any creatives who are looking to put on their own creative events?

Think about what skill you can offer, your passion and who you can collaborate with. It’s important to be enthusiastic and just go for it!

 

If you fancy heading down to House of Koko to get arty surrounded by tempting cakes and delicious treats, you can find out more information and book tickets for Buttercrumble’s event here.

 

 

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