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May 16, 2009
Richmond Night Market Begins 2009 Summer Season

( Edited from the press release .)

You don’t need to fly to Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand: the Summer Night Market in Richmond is an amalgamation of these original Asian night markets and the City’s own ethnic mix. Opening on May 15, the market is located on a 10-acre site at 12631 Vulcan Way in Richmond, and presents over 250 vendors selling ethnic foods and quirky merchandise, while on stage live bands play, and competitions and multicultural dances take place to entertain onlookers. The festivities take place every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight, Sundays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and holiday Mondays from 7 p.m. to midnight, right through to October 4, 2009.

The most sought after attraction at the Summer Night Market is the food. The wafting aromas from the variety of Asian delicacies entice visitors' noses. Rows of food vendors serve up dim sum, curried fish balls, Korean barbeque meats and Eastern shish kabob skewers, various noodle dishes, and the sweetest deserts such as mango shaved ice cream, Dragon Beard Candy and exotic bubble teas. Besides visiting tempting food stalls, the market procession wanders around booths featuring an eclectic assortment of items such as international and multicultural music and movie CDs, electronic gadgets, unusual clothing, shoes, designer knock off handbags, and artistic handcrafts from costume jewellery to beaded sandals and cushion covers.

Onstage and amongst the vendors, musicians and entertainers in colourful costumes sing, dance, and perform. This year’s lineup of diverse entertainment includes the Summer Spark Music Festival Concert Series of 2009, Edgar Muenala with his Portuguese flutes, chefs’ cooking contest, children’s drawing contest and SPCA doggie day. From native flute players playing a heartfelt tune to dancers carrying a large dragon weaving through the crowd, spectators will find something to intrigue them every time.

For further information regarding the Summer Night Market, contact Paul Cheung, at 604-278-8000 or 778-863-9200, and visit .

The following photos were taken by CityFood at the 2007 Richmond Summer Night Market.

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