Chow Down and CEG Bring You a Safe Space

From 30 July, you can enjoy 10 weekends of outdoor fund and food, knowing that the environment is a safe one for you and your family.

Chow Down @ Temple Arches on Globe Road is set to open a huge space, filled with food vendors and the biggest beer garden in Leeds, in its 3rd year. The first year’s setting was the wonderful Piece Hall in Halifax, then again in the 2nd year, as well as at Lincoln’s historic Castle.

About Chow Down

This is a collaborative festival between New Citizens, Leeds Indie Food and Chapter 81, who have so successfully brought the North’s culture-led food and beverages to heritage sites.

12 Chow Down events were going to take place in 2020, but all had to be cancelled with the shutdown. This is when the notion of socially-distanced table service dining emerged, resulting in today’s arrangements for the new Temple Arches site, which is within CEG’s Temple development.

A safe place and our favourite foods must be an irresistible combination, where everyone can enjoy entertainment, street art and music in a family friendly atmosphere.

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. 

Unfortunately, we saw all of our events cancelled during the pandemic, and with the majority of people having been stuck at home over the last four months, we brainstormed some ideas to create a permanent space for Chow Down.

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.”

Emma Clarkson, Placemaking Manager at CEGsaid:“It’s great to be working with New Citizens again, in order to bring activity to Temple Arches. This outdoor event space will host a series of creative, cultural and social activities in a safe way. It is part of CEG’s placemaking ambition to breathe renewed life into the Temple area, engaging residents, local businesses and neighbouring communities.”

Trader Line-up:

Laynes Coffee will be served up throughout the 10 weekends. The four traders featuring at the first weekend (30th July – 2nd August) are Middle FeastNyama Choma (Kenyan-inspired grill), impeccable sourdough pizza from Pizza Loco and Sela Bar’s tasty burgers from Little Red Food Truck.

Over the ten weekends of Chow Down @ Temple Arches, there will be vendors serving up culinary delights from around the world.

ONaRoll sushi and Manchester’s Seitan’s Kebab will be serving up the vegan hits, whilst Little Bao Boy‘s stuffed Bao buns, What’s Your Beef‘sawesome burgers, MorMor‘s Middle Eastern flavours, Holy Mountain Kitchen‘s proper junk food and sliders, What The Cluck!‘s delicious fried chicken, Vaso Kitchen‘s Indian street food, Soul Shack‘s incredible Jamaican Yard cookery and The Little Korean‘s award-winning kimchi and Korean street food are just some of the awesome traders that will grace Chow Down @ Temple Arches.

Local brewers will be on hand to keep thirsts slaked, too. Northern Monk and North Brewing Co. will represent, and rotating lines from AnthologyNomadicKirkstall BreweryMeanwood 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, with Cansecco, HUN canned wines (the UK’s first fairtrade, fully recyclable and vegan wine in a can) and a range of Healy & Gray wines on offer. Cocktails fans can also rejoice, as Ace & Freak canned cocktails join the Chow Down line-up, alongside a range of cocktail specials and gin varieties available from the main bar.


Underground disco and shimmering pop will grace the opening weekend courtesy of Crazy PPBR StreetgangTristan da Cunha alongside DJs from We Are FierceBBC Introducing‘s Emily PilbeamSoul BoutiqueEd VectorNinety Nine and Gip Dammone. All will be spinning relaxed tunes to set the vibe for an amazing weekend of fun and food.

As guidance relaxes over the coming weeks, Chow Down @ Temple Arches hopes to feature Hyde Park Brass Band and more exciting musical performers!

Chow Down has given us the following useful information:


The site will be cashless and all tables are to be booked in advance. Ordering of food is via scanning the code at your table. Food is brought directly by the vendor of choice (no queues).


Temple Arches is located on Globe Road within the new Temple development in Leeds’ South Bank. Reduce use of public transport by walking down from the city centre via the canal path, or take advantage of the Bike Park available onsite to arrive on two wheels. Temple Arches is a comfortable five to ten minutes’ walk from the southern entrance of Leeds Train Station.

How to Book:

Tickets for the first few Chow Down weekenders will go on sale Wednesday 22nd July.

Tables are booked in 2s. A table for 2 costs £10 (so £20 for a table for 4. £30 for a table for 6).

The cost (equating to £5 per head) includes entry, a complimentary drink (pint of house lager, Chow Down cocktail or soft drink), amazing DJs, reserved table, table service, and access to the amazing food traders.

Book  from Wednesday 22nd July:

Chow Down @ Temple Arches times, starting 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.

Photographs provided by Chapter81.

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