6 Societies All Food and Drink Lovers Should Join In Leeds This Year
If you love food, whether that be cooking it or eating it, then we’ve found the perfect societies for you. Rather than slaving away in a dirty kitchen for your unappreciative friends, why not spend a few nights amongst the people at university who share in your delicious passion? Well, at Leeds, that couldn’t be easier.
Here are 6 societies that any foodie would be mad to miss.
1. LUU Food Society
Food Soc are a friendly, student-run society who come together once a month to sample the affordable culinary offerings of Leeds.
The joining fee is £5, but members get exclusive discounts at restaurants and events across Leeds, so you’re guaranteed to make your money back.
What do they do?
– Visit the best restaurants in Leeds.
– Go to Leeds’ food festivals.
– Enjoy food tasting evenings.
– Attend cooking demonstrations and classes.
– Host friendly socials.
– A meal at The Olive Tree.
– A cooking class at Ministry of Food
– The LUU Give It A Go Taste Test Challenge
– The Brandon Street Night Market
2. LUU Wine Society
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply a novice, there’ll be something for you at Wine Soc. Typically the members congregate at the Union for tasting evenings every Tuesday, however there are sporadic meals to which all are encouraged to bring their own favourite wines.
”There’s no snobbery, waistcoats or bow ties!”
The standard membership costs £8 per semester, which is reduced to £5 upon renewal. This does, however, unlike most bills, come with a bottle of wine to ease the financial separation.
Wine Soc prides itself on supporting local produce and independent merchandise – much of what is sampled comes from Leeds and the surrounding area. And as if that weren’t impressive enough, they practically bleed green, so all paper, cardboard and glass bottles are recycled at the end of each event.
3. LUU Baking Society
The Baking Society was founded in 2012 by a few passionate young ladies, however it has since become the fastest growing new society on campus, with over 150 members each year. Its no wonder really – it revolves entirely around eating cake.
Meetings take place in the Union every other Tuesday during the semester, many of which are themed. To be a taster at one of these sessions, a ticket will cost you a mere £1, however to be a taster for the entire year, the cost is £7. If you’re keen to bake instead, there’s a slightly larger financial commitment of £23, which includes a Food Hygiene Certificate valid for 3 years.
What do they do?
– Bake sales
– Baking competitions
– Mini-festival ‘BakeStock’
SocieTEA is the first stop for tea (and coffee) enthusiasts everywhere. After all, they are the founders of the famous Tealey Run, a trip around various tearooms in the Leeds area, including the Love Rouge Bakery, Oranaise, and LS6.
At just £1.50 per semester, SocieTEA membership is one of the cheapest on campus. It also offers a 10% discount on all Teapigs products in the Union – cheap cuppas all year round!
– Halloween Murder Mystery Tea Party
– Mug painting
– Christmas movie night
5. Leeds Vegetarian and Vegan Society
Are you vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian or an open-minded meat eater? Perhaps you’re just looking to switch to a healthier lifestyle. Either way, Veg Soc is the society for you. They pride themselves entirely on supporting one another in their diet choices through the creation of an open and friendly atmosphere.
Membership costs just £5 annually, and some of the events you can expect to occur include picnics, workshops and cheese & wine evenings.
– Evening at the Donkey Sanctuary
– Pizza making workshop
– Cruelty-free bath product workshop with Lush
– Vegan chocolate making evening
6. Real Ale Society
Real Ale Society is the home of the pub crawl – but it doesn’t stop there. They offer brewery tours, pub quizzes, trips to beer festivals and even an annual Beer Trip abroad!
Membership is a mere £5, but in comparison to the rewards, that’s nothing. Last year, members received on average £68 worth of benefits prior to joining, so you’ll get a massive return on your money. And as a beer-loving student, every little really does help.
”Winners of Best General Interest Society 2013/14.”
– Italian Beer Tasting
– Real Ale Rail Trail
– Annual Beer Trip abroad