As I turned the corner, I was greeted by a corridor of 40 different, mostly Asian-influenced, food and drink stalls. I joined the crowds hovering and slowly making their way along each side of the “food street”, trying to decide just what to eat. I bit my nails, unable to choose. My dining companion and I stopped suddenly in front of two cooks grilling skewers on a barbecue; flames flicking a metre into the air. We tried three different skewers from the stall, before turning the corner and finding yet another row of 20 food stalls. My stomach was happy but sad, knowing this just means more choice and indecisiveness. In the end I sampled the skewers, a roasted corn cob and barbecue squid tentacles. My stomach was satisfied.
International Summer Night Market
The International Summer Night Market in Richmond, a southern suburb of Vancouver, runs from May to September and is open Friday and Saturday from 7pm-12am, and Sunday from 7pm-11pm. I visited as it was opening on a Saturday, and it was definitely apparent that the attendance increased as the sun set.
The market had a lot of variety. There were about 10 different phone cover stalls and many places selling clothing, lingerie, hair accessories and jewellery. You could purchase food to take home or kitsch Hello Kitty memorabilia (I may have had to buy a lanyard for my keys!). Plus plenty of plants and the always-present sale reps selling car cleaner and a “magical” mop.
There was also a stage for entertainment. We walked past when some young locals between 8 and 15 were singing, and as we left a band was setting up to perform. I also purchased two necklaces from a Peruvian lady, which I adore.
The market also has a “sister market” called thenear the Bridgeport Train Station. As I am a fair reporter, I will have to visit this other market and compare the siblings before the summer ends. Market challenge accepted.