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Richmond Night Market Cancelled for 2008


This was a great place to eat Asian Street food cheap in the summer. Too bad - I was looking forward to it.

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  1. To be honest, that news doesn't make me that sad. The non-food stalls weren't great, and the whole place was so crowded that it was a bit stressful. I feel like I can get my food fix easily in the Asian mall food courts.

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    1. re: twinkienic

      We finally made it to the Rmd Night Market last summer and although I kind of agree with twinkienic re the non-food stall and the crowds, we still had a great time. The outdoors aspect of it was kinda fun, too. I checked their website to find out why it isn't happening this year but the story cuts off just as it's getting to the reasons, at least on my screen: http://www.targetevent.com/home.html

      1. re: grayelf

        It looks like the rent for the site was going to increase too much, and they decided not to renew the lease.

        Here's the text. I had to make my font really small to hilight it all:

        Richmond – Richmond Night Market Founder Raymond Cheung announced that his company, Target Events, will not be holding the famous “Richmond Night Market”, also known as the “Richmond Night Market Summer Festival”, in 2008. Over the past 8 years, the Richmond Night Market has grown to become a hallmark attraction in Richmond with nightly attendance of 30,000 people. “It is with great regret that we announce that we have not been able to find an alternate location for this year’s Richmond Night Market. We started the Richmond Night Market in 2000 and have been pleased to see it grow into one of the Lower Mainland’s première attractions over the last eight years,” said Cheung. “Over that time, Target Events has worked hard to establish long standing relationships with the City of Richmond and its citizens.”The landlord of the location where the Richmond Night Market has been held for the past several years has decided not to renew the lease. “The landlord wanted to significantly increase the rent and we do not believe that we could continue to provide a safe, high quality event for the public to enjoy at the rate demanded.” said Cheung. “We continue to actively consult with the City of Richmond to find an alternate location for 2009. The City of Richmond and The Richmond Chamber of Commerce have been strong supporters of the Richmond Night Market since inception. We hope to continue these relationships in the future”.Cheung and Target Events is aware that there is another party attempting to hold a similar event at the same location where the Richmond Night Market was held last year. “We want to make sure the public is aware that we have no association with that group and that whatever is held on that site is not Target Events’ “Richmond Night Market”. said Cheung. The Richmond Night Market has built up a significant amount of goodwill with its neighbours, City Hall and the Richmond community. “We want to preserve this goodwill for the future. We want to thank the community for its enthusiastic support over the years and we assure everyone that this is just a temporary break and that Richmond Night Market will be back even stronger in 2009.”

    2. that really sucks, i love the market

      1. I thought the organiser lost the site to another guy?

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        1. re: kwailan4

          I now think that this is actually what is happening.

            1. re: fmed

              Promising news! Keeping my fingers crossed, as I was disappointed to hear about its cancellation this year, especially since I won't be here in Vancouver after this year.

        2. Another update...http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-colu...

          It looks like this is getting quite nasty.

          1. i heard that its opening sans food stalls, bummer its the only reason i go

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              1. re: kwailan4

                Definitely won't be going without the food.

                1. re: toutefrite

                  Nor me. FWIW I did hear from a reasonably reliable source that the food offerings at the Chinatown Vancouver Night Market are looking pretty good this year. My brother lives nearby and went for a walk and a dekko last night but didn't actually try anything -- obviously not a true Hound or his excuse of "we had just eaten dinner" wouldn't have applied :-). I will always have a soft spot for this night market as it is the first -- and last -- place I tried durian!

                  1. re: grayelf

                    Out of curiosity, what's your (everybody, that is) favorite food at the night market? Mine is the lamb skewer and dragon beard.

                        1. re: kwailan4

                          The dragon beard candy vendor at the Richmond night market has a shop at Parker Place. If I remember correctly they are 3.50 a package or 3 for 10 dollars.

                          Only vendor selling dragon beard candy in the food court.

                        2. re: grayelf

                          I think you owe it to yourself to try durian again. From what I've heard, third time's a charm. I myself have tried it twice, and have already learned to appreciate a small dose of it :-)

                          1. re: aburitoro

                            Okay, I'll give it a go when we hit the CNM <hangs head in shame at lack of Chowish adventure-spirit when it comes to stinky fruit> but I'm not going to promise to report back in case I chicken out :-).

                    1. re: vandan

                      What a waste of time it will be then. No food...no pirated movies.....;)

                      Forget it.

                      1. re: fmed

                        According to the CBC story - the plumbing that is required for the Asian food stalls "ins't ready yet". So there is hope.


                    2. Anybody heard anything about the food stalls?

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                      1. re: kwailan4

                        I hear that they should be operational today. I don't know for sure.

                        1. re: fmed

                          Went July 1st, food stalls are up and running. Had myself lots-o-skewers

                          Wasn't very busy, looks like not all booths were in use.

                      2. I saw an ad for Lantern Festival in Richmond. Anybody knows if there will be food as well?

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                        1. re: kwailan4

                          It will be interesting to have a full phalanx of Asian food stalls there. Here in my neighborhood, Illuminares (which is cancelled this year) around the Trout Lake didn't have any interesting food at all. A lost opportunity, I thought.

                        2. Planning our next trip to Van the end of August and came across this link: http://www.summernightmarket.com

                          Up and running and rebranded.

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                          1. re: too_hungry

                            Thanks for the link, too_hungry. I'm wondering if this is the same market. It doesn't appear to be the same location as last year. I seem to recall there were two groups competing (not that it really matters as long as there is a night market with tasty food!). Anybody have the story straight?

                            1. re: grayelf

                              I just went to the night market last weekend, it's in the same place as last year and I made my way through the food stalls..not to be missed is the Korean waffle stand that is in the first row at the end (if you are walking in from the main entrance to the food area). They make fish shaped waffles filled with sweet red bean paste and this amazing sweet rice pancake that is filled with a cinnamon sugar filling that is a bit greasy but oh so good...had to go back 3 times! (see pics below!)

                              1. re: alwaysroom4dessert

                                Nice pics!

                                I still haven't made it out this year.

                                1. re: fmed

                                  I've been this year. It's pretty much similar to previous years, except slightly smaller (less ~2 rows of merchandise and less 1 row of food). All the standbys are there, with more skewers and some new vendors (some Taiwanese stands, and Northern minority Chinese including a Halal Chinese booth). Sadly I couldn't find the egg waffle balls made by my favourite vendor (I think his name is Sam).

                                  1. re: twinkienic

                                    Seriously no egg waffles? Oh man! They had them at the YVR Chinatown market when we were there a month ago. Didn't have the patience to wait in line, they had some process issues. Will hit the Summer Market in a few weeks...the taiyaki (fish & RB waffles) will have to do. ;)

                                    1. re: too_hungry

                                      There were egg waffles... just not made by 'Sam' (I think that's his name). The Richmond Night market used to have at least 2 egg waffle stands. Sam's had the best balance of crispiness on the outside without being dry on the inside. Now there's just one vendor.

                                      1. re: twinkienic

                                        Was @ SM last night, there are 2 egg waffle stands. One stand alone stall with 4-5 waffle irons going. The other one (also selling young coconuts) is sharing a stall with the Japanese takoyaki (grilled shrimp / octopus balls). Skipped the egg waffles this time, the takoyaki octopus balls were excellent!