College students trade lectures for a market stall

Leeds City College students have turned their hand to trading for the festive period on the new Winter WonderLeeds market.

The college’s Hospitality and Food Manufacture Faculty has set up shop as part of the 17-day festival which has been organised by Leeds City Council.

On sale at the college stall is everything from artisan breads, Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies and chocolates to viennoiserie, patisserie and chutneys – all made on-site at the college’s new Printworks Campus on Hunslet Road. Visitors can also tuck into pie and peas or some warming soup also being served up from the stalls.

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All media are invited down to the Winter WonderLeeds market on Briggate on Thursday 19 December at 11am to speak to Leeds City College staff and students manning the stall. Please call the press office on 0113 2474450 to arrange attendance.

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As part of teaching students about the commercial aspects of the industry and giving them the chance to find their inner entrepreneur, Leeds City College is letting students staff the stalls, serving customers and talking about the products on sale.

The Briggate Spectacular festival is proving very popular with festive shoppers and families, with last Sunday (15 December 2013) seeing nearly 14,000 people through its doors.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for development and the economy said:

“The Briggate Spectacular market has seen a huge number of people visiting already in its first week, and it is great to see students taking advantage of the chance to learn about what it takes to run a market business."

Leeds City College head of faculty, Huw Southcott said:

“Winter Wonderleeds is a great opportunity for the College to showcase the skills of its students and staff as well as the standard and range of goods produced on-site.”

For more information on the festival which runs from Saturday 7 December for 17 days, visit http://www.leedsmarkets.co.uk/winterwonderleeds


For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk