Sweet Dreams



The Richmond Night Market kicks off the summer with ‘Candyland’ theme


By Abeer Yusuf


What: Official Richmond Night Market

When: May 16 to October 13, 2014, Friday to Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Sundays and holidays from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, close to River Rock Casino

How much: $2 admission per entry, booklets also available


Whether you’ve been to a night market while on holiday in Bangkok, or trudged through muddy wet markets in Kuala Lumpur, the Asian market is a sight to behold.


Held both in the day and night, Asian markets offer their patrons the freshest, cheapest and no-frills produce—it is not uncommon to buy your greens from a day market and your mattresses from a night market.


That’s why Richmond Night Market, which opens today and runs until October 13, has sought to bring you the experience right here on the West Coast. While not a traditional market in every sense of the word (meaning: you can’t buy mattresses, vegetables and uncooked chicken), the market will bring you the bustling sights and busy sounds of a conventional night market.


The weekend market offers more than 200 stalls selling everything under the summer sun—from fashion accessories to clothes to toys to cell phone accessories. You name it and they probably have it.


Food is a big deal in any Asian country, so it is only fair that a big draw for the event are the 85 stalls offering Thai, Indian and Taiwanese delicacies among the others.


As foodies ourselves, we would recommend checking out the rotato stall—where whole potatoes come in various deep-fried flavours, skewered onto a stick, in a spiral shape. Another trend, courtesy of South Korea, are ice-cream cones moulded into any shape (think candy canes and cars), and filled with soft serve. This new innovation will be making an appearance at the market too, and is predicted to be quite a hit.


If trying new foods isn’t your cup of tea, there will be the more conventional food stalls offering shaved ice with mango, meat on skewers, fried ice-cream, dim sum, tofu soup and roti canai.


The event, which is being hosted at Richmond for the third year, is a must-do attraction for anyone in Metro Vancouver, and is expected to have 15,000 visitors per day. The theme for this year is Magical Candyland, so take your camera along to pose next to inflated candy canes.