Chow Down Announces New Outdoor, Socially-Distanced Drink & Dining Space

Chow Down Temple Arches 2020

For ten weekends Chow Down open up a space full of food vendors, and a beer garden at Temple Arches, Leeds.

Opening up on 30th July, the Chow Down foodie festival enters their third year of operation. In 2018 it started off with four weekends at The Piece Hall in Halifax. In 2019 it expanded, throwing events at both The Piece Hall and Lincoln’s incredible Norman Castle.

2020 was set see 12 Chow Down festivals taking place, but all had to be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. As restrictions started to ease a new idea was born, allowing a socially-distanced table service dining concept to be born.

And down at Temple Arches, people will be able to enjoy food and drink, alongside entertainment, music and street art. It’s an area that already that’s already up-and-coming, with award winning food venues already in place. The Northern Monk Refectory, Matt Healy’s The Foundry and the newly relaunched Cross Keys, amongst others are hotspots down there.

Chow Down Temple Arches 2020

“Culinary Delights”

Over the ten weekends of Chow Down @ Temple Arches, there will be vendors serving up culinary delights from around the world. The four traders featuring at the first weekend are Middle Feast, Nyama Choma, Pizza Loco and Little Red Food Truck.

Following week one, ONaRoll sushi and Manchester’s Seitan’s Kebab will be serving up the vegan hits. Little Bao Boy’s stuffed Bao buns, and What’s Your Beef’s awesome burgers will also be around for devouring. And MorMor’s Middle Eastern flavours, Holy Mountain Kitchen’s proper junk food and sliders, and What The Cluck!‘s delicious fried chicken, are just some of the traders that will grace Chow Down this year.

Local brewers will be on hand to keep thirsts slaked, too. Northern Monk and North Brewing Co. will be there. And rotating lines from Anthology, Nomadic, Kirkstall Brewery, Meanwood Brewery, and brand new brewery Amity will all feature, showcasing some super-local talent.

There will be a range of wines and sparkling wines available too. Cansecco, HUN canned wines and a range of Healy & Gray wines will be on offer. Cocktails fans can also rejoice, as Ace & Freak canned cocktails join the Chow Down line-up. There’ll also be a range of cocktail specials and gin varieties available from the main bar.

Chow Down’s music programme of DJs will feature a mix of local talent and internationally-renowned names. Underground disco and shimmering pop will grace the opening weekend courtesy of Crazy P, PBR Streetgang, and Tristan da Cunha. DJs from We Are Fierce, BBC Introducing’s Emily Pilbeam, Soul Boutique, Ed Vector, Ninety Nine and Gip Dammone also feature. All will be spinning relaxed tunes to set the vibe for an amazing weekend of fun and food.

Chow Down Temple Arches 2020

“Safe and comfortable”

Chow Down will be a safe and comfortable environment for everybody. The site will be cashless, and visitors must book tables in advance. Ordering of food and drinks will be via a scan the code on their pre-booked table. This will take them directly to a special ordering platform. Food is then brought out to them directly from their vendor of choice, eliminating queues and prioritising everybody’s safety.

Tables are booked in 2s. A table for 2 costs £10 (£20 for a table for 4, £30 for a table for 6). The cost includes entry, a complimentary pint of house lager, Chow Down cocktail or soft drink, and access to all entertainment and food. You can book your table now by visiting

Matt Long, Director of New Citizens and Chow Down, said: “We’re delighted to be able to bring Chow Down to Leeds for the rest of the summer and work with CEG once again. With businesses, restaurants, and pubs around the UK reopening, it’s amazing to see the city coming back to life.

The team has designed an amazing and unique venue at Temple Arches, using shipping containers and pergola roofs to create an alfresco setting that’s both socially distanced and safe but also fun. It’ll be a great environment in which to enjoy all the great street food, drink, music and live art we have to offer.”

Chow Down Opening hours from Thursday 30th July:
Thurs:  16:00-22:00
Fri:    11:00-22:00
Sat:   11:00-22:00
Sun:  11:00-21:00

Families are welcome throughout, but from 6th August, Family Day sessions (featuring special, kid-friendly activities) will run on Thursdays, 11:00-15:00


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