The Queens International Night Market will return for its fifth season to Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturdays, starting April 20th, 2019. The Night Market will run every Saturday (5pm – 12am) through August 17th and again from Sep 28th through Oct 26th.
I recently attended the preview and sampled some of their new food entries. Since its launch in 2015, the Queens Night Market has represented over 80 countries through its vendors and their food. Some of my favorites included the Singaporean Laksa noodles from Native Noodles and the flavorful Vietnamese/Cambodian Noodle Soup from Em Vietnamese. I tried Czech-style Langosh, which is a delicious fried bread which can be topped with cheese and garlic. I sampled South African Bunny Chow, which is a curry sandwich. For dessert, I really enjoyed the Moldovan style waffle rolls stuffed with chocolate and vanilla cream from Wembie. Whatever cuisine you like, you’re likely to find old favorites and discover new treats at the Queens Night Market.
The Night Market is selling a limited number of tickets for two “sneak preview” events on April 20th and April 27th to help alleviate traffic and capacity issues form opening night in previous years. Tickets are $5 and should be purchased in advance – children under 12 are free. (If any tickets remain unsold for either night, tickets will be $8 at the door.)
The event is pledging at least 20% of ticket proceeds to two charities: The New York Immigration Coalition and City Harvest.
The Night Market will be free and open to the public starting on May 4th.
John Wang, founder of the Queens Night Market, said, “The Queens Night Market has always been prioritized diversity, accessibility, and affordability. We’ve represented over 80 countries through our vendors and introduced a novel price cap on food to make the event uniquely accessible. As you can imagine, immigration and food security issues are very near and dear to our heart and mission”.
“Immigrants make up 69% of Queens entrepreneurs, continuing the borough’s legacy of cultural diversity and neighborhood businesses. The Queens Night Market is a meaningful celebration of how immigrant communities support Queens, and how Queens can support immigrant communities. We thank the Queens Night Market for their continued support of immigrant rights through their donations to the NYIC.” said Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition.
“City Harvest is proud to be the charitable partner of the Queens International Night Market this year,” said Rebecca Fontes, Director of Business Partnerships. “Our work is fueled by New Yorkers helping each other, and partnerships like this keep our trucks filled with nutritious food for our neighbors in need”.