Ooh la la at Leeds Waterfront Festival

Leeds Waterfront Festival launches with a French twist this weekend (June 23 & 24) as a pop-up café fundraising for the LGBTQ+ community will open in collaboration with Dumouchel Patisserie.

Organised by Friends of Dorothy, (FoD) a community group set up to support older members of the Leeds LGBTQ+ community, The Ruby Slipper Pop-Up Café will feature traditional French boulangerie, made specifically for the Waterfront Festival by Thierry Dumouchel and a pop up cocktail bar courtesy of The Maven.

Visitors will be greeted and served by the Friends of Dorothy Group with all proceeds going towards future FoD projects, including their upcoming befriending service which will see members paired with others to prevent social isolation.

Craig Burton, founder of Friends of Dorothy said; “The Ruby Slipper Pop-Up Café is a great chance for people to come and speak to Friends of Dorothy and spread awareness for older members of the LGBTQ+ community who may be vulnerable.

“Elderly LGBTQ+ members have been instrumental in shaping society for the better today but many now experience higher levels of isolation and loneliness.  Through the pop-up café we can highlight this and raise funds for our support and befriending services.

“Thanks to our collaboration with Dumouchel Patisserie and The Maven, people will be spoilt for choice and the proceeds will help massively with our upcoming projects,” he added.

“We’ve even given some of our members specialist barista training which they have found rewarding and entertaining.”

The Ruby Slipper Pop-Up Café joins Leeds Waterfront Festival on the 23rd and 24th of June from 10am to 4pm at Granary Wharf situated at the historic location of Canal Office and Lock-keepers Cottage.

“We are delighted to be a part of Leeds’ bustling Waterfront Festival and we hope people make a day out of it as there is live music, street food and free entertainment for all to enjoy,” Craig added.