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Leeds International Beer Festival returns in September

Written by
Shaun Curnow

Returning for its fourth year this September, the annual Leeds International Beer Festival (also known as LIBF4) at Leeds Town Hall will showcase some of the UK's best craft beers and cider, with a generous helping of street food and live music thrown in too.

Visitors to the four day festival can sample more than a hundred different beers and ciders, from an eclectic collection of breweries. This includes PartizanAlechemy, Beavertown and Roosters, as well as regional brewing talent Kirkstall Brewery, Magic Rock and the Little Leeds Brew Shop.

To satisfy the beer munchies, the festival will contain a range of food stalls. Amongst others, this mean you can pick up seafood delicacies from the Mussel Pot, fish and chips with a twist from Fish&, burgers from Patty Smith's or Indian food from Bundobust.

If you want to tuck into something more substantial, on September 4 and 5, BBQ masters Crackerjack will offer a very special menu in the old Victorian cells, with each course beer-matched by certified beer sommelier Robert Percival. This popular event will be limited to 24 seats per sitting, so you'll need to be quick to get a ticket

Of course, the food and drink will be accompanied by live music and DJ sets across multiple stages, with the promise of loads of other weird and wonderful stuff happening during each session.

Don't worry parents, LIBF4 won't leave you out, either. The Sunday September 6 session will be a family friendly day, so young people can enter for free with an accompanying adult. There’ll be plenty of things on offer to keep kids occupied – including a room full of vintage arcade machine – so mum or dad can sneak in a beer while they are distracted.

Each five hour session tickets cost £7 and this gets you access to the festival site (include the live music and food market), a free festival commemorative glass and programme guide.

A four-day festival pass costs £75, which includes access every day, a commemorative glass, tokens, an official T-shirt and bag, as well as a limited edition LIBF poster designed by local illustrator and beer enthusiast Drew Millward.


Leeds International Beer Festival, September 3-6. Thursday 5-11pm, Friday and Saturday midday-5pm & 5-11pm, Sunday midday-5pm. Leeds Town Hall, the Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD. Tickets available here

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