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CHOW DOWN LEEDS: Outdoor socialising back on the menu


The Chow Down open air drink and dining space in Leeds city centre has reopened for the summer as lockdown restrictions ease.

Chow Down have been curating food areas with Leeds Indie Food for four years now and this year they are promising to deliver their biggest and tastiest food line-up yet.

Traders from across the UK have been invited and, as well as street food, attendees can expect to see chef collaborations later down the line as Temple Arches is aiming to become a hot spot for discovering new food in 2021.

Speaking about Chow Down, Simon Fogal, one of the founders, said: “We managed to have a couple of really great Chow Down sessions in the window between lockdown 1 and 2 and it gave us a good insight into how best to run them in a more socially distanced way until everyone gets their vaccine. The Leeds indie scene has been massively impacted by the pandemic so we’re determined to make 2021 better than ever and give these businesses a boost and we encourage all customers that book with us to visit the local area, as their are some great indies like The Cross Keys and Northern Monk Refectory. We have seen a record amount of ticket sales this time round which shows that people have an appetite for getting out and about, supporting the indies they know and love, as well as discovering new ones. We wanted to expand on what we offered last year which is why we’ve included traders from further afield than Leeds and Yorkshire, plus the music lineup is the best we’ve ever had.”

All bookings secure customers a 3 hour time slot, with a choice of covered or uncovered seating at a table or a snug booth. The rule of 6 will be in operation and everything will be cashless, with food and drink orders placed online, via an app, and delivered direct to the table.

More details can be found on the Chow Down website here.

More ‘What’s On’ events can be found here.

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