Chow Down on the British Street Food Awards

Chow Down has been one of Leeds’ top Covid-safe drink, dining and entertainment options since reopening on 12th April. Now the outdoor venue has launched its latest round of bookings which includes extended sessions on Fridays and Saturdays (with additional 8:30pm and 8:45pm bookings).

The venues additional evening sessions increase its capacity to 500 per session and will also be complemented by a new Brunch sitting on 3rd July, allowing the food & fun to be enjoyed all day long.

In addition Chow Down which was described by Lucy Rhodes from food vendor Torito Taco as “a lifesaver” for the business will also host the Northern heat of the British Street Food Awards over the weekend of 19th-22nd August, as the competition returns bigger than ever after taking a break in 2020.

Organisers say that visitors over the heat weekend can expect 15 of the North’s best traders as they push on to the final, which will this year take place in Hull.

Richard Johnson, founder of the British Street Food Awards: “Leeds has always been a special part of the British Street Food Awards story. We first held the finals here – in Millennium Square – back in 2015, and we’ve had more winners from this city than pretty much any other.

“This year we are launching the awards in the USA – but once again, the story will start in Leeds. And we couldn’t feel more excited to come to Chow Down, the sort of place we dreamed about when we started the Awards back in 2010.”

Matt Long, co-founder Chow Down: “It’s been an incredible opening couple of months, the people of Leeds and beyond have shown a huge appetite for getting out with friends and family and supporting hospitality. And now we head into the summer months, where Chow Down really comes into its own.

“The vibe has been amazing here since we re-opened in April and with the sun beaming down, we’re going bigger and increasing the capacity to 500 for the summer months in what will essentially be Leeds ‘biggest beer garden’.