Chow Down in Leeds to stay! First anniversary parties and new cocktail bar

This food festival and pop-up space, once limited to several annual tour dates across the country, has announced it is in Leeds to stay!

Chow Down at Temple Arches was launched for ten pop-up weekends in the summer of 2020, as the pandemic put the kibosh on their 12 planned events, touring everywhere from Manchester to Halifax to Lincoln.


Chow Down has gone on to experience a series of hugely successful weekend events at Temple Arches since its relaunch in April, as Leeds’ only giant outdoor social space safe to eat, drink and be entertained. The festival has therefore decided to settle permanently in Temple Arches.

The permanent facility in Leeds will allow it to offer even more to its punters in the future, starting with the launch of its brand new cocktail bar, Tipples.

July 22 to 25: Chow Down is celebrating an anniversary!

Chow Down’s first anniversary spans the weekend of July 22-25. During this special weekend, the festival will see the launch of its brand new cocktail bar, Tipple.

Expect the summer menu to leave with a juicy bang. Guava & Kiwi Punch, The Chow Down Heavy Sipper, Ribena Margarita, a White Chocolate Espresso Martini, a Summer Sangria and many more are already on the cocktail menu, all concocted by the new Head of Drinks Jake Speakman.

A range of super tasty food has also been planned for the weekend, including Torito Taco, MorMor, Wallace and Sons and Little Red Food Cluck. Project D will also be joining a special pop-up, bringing in Chow Down birthday donuts! This decadent dessert option is joined by the resident Scoop Truck, serving frozen treats and brownies.

The four-day anniversary celebration will begin with a takeover of Futuresound on Thursday evening, featuring DJ sets from Low Hummer, Far Caspian and The Pigeon Detectives. The music will continue with the intergalactic house sounds of Man Power, before a Manchester staple joins us on Saturday night in the form of Luke Una.

The New York Brass Band will make their triumphant return to Temple Arches on Sunday afternoon, with a concert that may even feature a rendition of Happy Birthday to celebrate Chow Down’s big day.
Chow Down was initially a pop-up space, but has since grown in stature and will now look to function permanently with an even more distinct offering.

The venue was extremely popular with punters, but also aroused the love of existing members of the community:

Bean, Manager at The Cross Keys: “Chow Down brought more people to the area who wouldn’t normally come from this side of town. We are seeing an increase in the number of drinkers before and after their stay at Chow Down. The area is lively, as construction begins in the temple area and Chow Down is helping the area aesthetic and helping it get cool again.

Councilor Jonathan Pryor, Executive Member of Leeds City Council for Economy, Culture and Education:

“It’s great to see so many people enjoying Chow Down over the past year and that the event has given the city a much needed boost through tough times. Innovative events like this illustrate how incredibly resilient and imaginative our local business community has been, and we are excited to see Chow Down continue through what will hopefully be a memorable summer for the city.

James Milson, Property Manager at CEG, said:

“Temple and CEG wish Chow Down a happy first birthday in Temple Arches. Having started at an unprecedented and difficult time, it has been an exceptional transformation of the Temple Arches site, bringing new energy and new life to the region. The Temple Team look forward to partnering with Chow Down and the New Citizens Team for years to come, as Temple District’s development continues!

Matt Long, Director of New Citizens and Co-Founder of Chow Down:

“This area of ​​Leeds has amazing plans for the future and we can’t wait to be a part of them. It has been amazing to watch Chow Down grow over the past year and cement itself as a permanent place at Temple Arches. Along with Chow Down we (the new citizens) have big plans in the Temple area, with Oktoberfest and the Garden Party, so we really feel part of this exciting transformation.

At Chow Down we have sought to support as many independent traders as possible, and this year to date we have had over 50 sellers who have interacted with us, helping us and starting lots of welcome scenes as we do. turn the food as much as possible. . Our beverage supply is as local as it gets and constantly evolving. We are planning more collaborative beers on the menu later in the year, following the huge success of our North Brew Co beer this summer. “

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