Chow Down returns to Leeds for 2023 with new day parties, food festivals and Urban Garden

Chow Down will open on Thursday 6 April 2023 to mark the beginning of the long Easter bank holiday weekend, running from Thursday – Sunday until the end of August.

One of Leeds’ most talked about open-air bar concepts is back for 2023 – and this year is set to be its biggest yet.

The Temple Arches venue is set to host a brand-new Urban Garden space, perfect for soaking up the summer sun. The new addition will make Chow Down ‘the largest garden in the city centre’, with the jam-packed events calendar lasting all summer long.

Sell-out successes like Bingo Lingo, Camp Presents Drag Brunch and DJ nights will return for the 2023 season, and there’s been a huge injection in new food festivals and days and nights out in the city centre that’ll have people across Leeds and beyond heading down to the arches.

Chow Down will reopen in April. / Image: Chapter 81

Expect food meets drawing classes in a new Floating Arts events and the return of Dog Social, a dog-lover’s heaven that gives chance for four-legged friends and humans to explore the arches with hundreds of like-minded individuals.

Also new for this year, Chow Down is hosting everything from Leeds Indie Food Wing Fest to Battle of the Burger and a Taco and Tequila Festival – there’s truly going to be something for all foodies this year.

And that’s before we’ve even began to look at the regular food traders that’ll be supplying a feast of food from around the world all summer long.

drag brunch.
Drag Brunch is back for 2023.
people cheering.
Images: Chapter 81

Taking over the first resident kitchen will be much-loved new pop-up Braizin’ Squad, with slow roasted meats to the masses. These guys have been seriously commended for their roast dinners over the past few months, including a mention from The Observer and ranking in the Top 15 Sunday Roasts in the UK from Rate Good Roasts– but turns out this is only the beginning of the culinary offerings available.

Jamie Marrion, Braizin’ Squad says “Keep your eyes peeled for us at Chow Down this spring, expect Smokey flavours, braised meats all cooked over fire and regular specials as we like to keep everything fresh..” 

Read More: The Sunday Roast with slow-roasted meats that’s voted one of the best in the country

Braizin’ Squad’s Jordan Kaye, Jamie Marrion and Michal Marud. / Image: Chapter 81

Also returning for 2023 is Bastards Bistro. The pop-up brought Leeds winter warmers like festive fries and juicy beef burgers, and huge pots of dipping gravy throughout the festive period – and were undoubtably one of the most popular options over the festive period as a result.

Additional foodie options will come from a rotating street food offers from the likes of Archchi’s, Cluck n Dough, Colombo Street, Fire & Dough, Hoi Polloi Street Kitchen, Homeboy Pizza Co, Nasi Lemak, Nikos Comfort Kitchen, Little Bao Boy, Little Red Food Cluck, Shoot The Bull and Sri Non Thai. 

Chow Down’s Winter Village saw the space transformed for the festive season with foodie options from Bastards Bistro.
Images: The Hoot Leeds

The Tipple Cocktail Bar has also had a makeover and will be serving up the perfect pint and speciality cocktails to sip inside the bigger-than-ever space.

Matt Long, Founder Chow Down and New Citizens, is excited about the return of Chow Down for 2023:  “With the opening of our brand-new urban garden, which will be the ideal spot to soak up the sun this summer, I expect a very busy season. In addition to our own Taco & Tequila weekender, we will be hosting a number of new events this season, such as Guilty Pleasures, Floating Art, the Battle of the Burger, the Wings fest in collaboration with Leeds Indie Food, and the Wings fest.”

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Chow Down will open on Thursday 6 April 2023 to mark the beginning of the long Easter bank holiday weekend, running from Thursday – Sunday until the end of August.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday 17 March for the first eight weeks of events. Chow Down scrapped its entry and booking fees last year, so although you can reserve a table down at Temple Arches to check out the new venue, walk-ins will also be accepted.

You can find out more about Chow Down 2023 and book tickets here.

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