January 23, 2021

A new monthly food festival hits Halifax’s Piece Hall

This summer a monthly market of independent food pop-ups, ale, cocktails, live music and DJs will hit Halifax’s Grade I listed Piece Hall. 

Built for trading pieces of cloth in 1779, this grand Georgian building is set on an awesome and commanding scale. The space has always combined commerce and culture, and that is just what Chow Down brings to the fore.

Curated by the ever-popular Leeds Indie Food festival, Chow Down will bring a dozen of the very best street food pop-ups in Yorkshire to this Halifax hub for summer weekends of foodie fun throughout June, July, August and September.

With a quarter of the stalls showcasing vegetarian or vegan options, there will be something in the diverse line-up of foodie favourites for everyone. Known for the diversity of their events, the independent retailers highlighted by Leeds Indie Food are bound to get your tastebuds tingling and mouthwatering.

Matt Long, New Citizens says:We’ve been itching to announce this one for some time and we’re really excited to finally announce Chow Down. We’ll be working with Leeds Indie Food to bring a summer market to the stunning surroundings of The Piece Hall over four weekends between June and the end of September.”

Nicky Chance-Thompson, CEO The Piece Hall: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Leeds Indie Food and New Citizens to present ‘Chow Down’. This will be an exciting and unique event which will create a festival atmosphere and offer an incredible selection of food and drink for visitors throughout the summer.”

Leeds Indie Food founder, Simon Fogal, adds:“We visited the site in late 2017 and we were blown away with the scale and ambition of the whole space. It will be an honour to bring an exciting food event to The Piece Hall, for what could be the biggest food event in the North. We will have loads of announcements in the next few weeks. The Piece Hall is one of the most interesting and eye-catching venues we’ve seen, and we think it’ll be the perfect setting for a summer market of street food from around the UK, real ales, cocktails and music.” 

As well as food stalls, Chow Down will feature:

  • A Yorkshire farmers’ and produce market;
  • &/Or Emporium – curated arts, crafts, print and plant stalls;
  • A central bar – the craft beer and ale tent – showcasing the best and most exciting local and national breweries;
  • A cocktail, prosecco and wine bar;
  • Sela Bar’s Cocktail Ice Cream Van;
  • DJs and live bands covering various genres – everything from brass bands to acoustic sessions;
  • Communal outside dining space.

The food line-up for Chow Down’s first weekend (June 29th-July 1st) includes:

  • WagYu Lookin’ At – steak sandwiches;
  • Meat:Stack – American cheeseburgers;
  • Proove Pizza – wood fired pizza;
  • FOOD4FESTIVAL – Greek street food;
  • Froconut – soft serve dairy-free ice cream and doughnuts;
  • Golden Balls – arancini;
  • Go Get Stuffed – toasted Arabic-style flatbreads ‘Naan-wiches’;
  • Sabroso Street – Mexican street food;
  • The Baking Biker – cakes and cookie dough;
  • POCO – Sicilian street food;
  • Yorkshire Pie Bakery – pork pies;
  • Rockin’ Buddha – vegan Chinese street food;
  • Yorkshire Dama Cheese – grilled halloumi cheese;
  • The Cure – British cured meats and artisan snacks;
  • Drizzle City Cakes – cakes and other goodies.
Friday 29th June will feature a DJ session from Balearic Social and Saturday 30th June will include sets from Soul Boutique, Funkademia and Disco Illusions as well as a live brass band. Sunday is being curated by Tight Lines, with more DJs and acts to be confirmed.