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97th Street Night Market Wrap-Up!

The 97 Street Night Market hit the streets of Chinatown on Saturday, August 23, 2014, to happy crowds and sunny skies!

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A lion’s welcome

We had set out to build on the strengths of last year’s inaugural market and showcase the vibrancy and cultural richness of Chinatown. With the steadfast support of our sponsors, vendors, performers and volunteers, we were able to make it an event that succeeded in these ways and so many more.

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Food trucks!

Thank you to our event sponsor, the City of Edmonton, and to our sponsors-in-kind: Chinese Benevolent Association and ASSIST Community Services Centre.

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Fortune sticks were a hit!

Thank you to Cally’s Teas for donating the beautiful gift basket door prizes, and to Sunny Snapshots for their donation of an always-fun photobooth for the evening. All photos have been posted on Sunny Snapshots’ website here. (If you’d like request to have your photo taken off the site, just contact the site administrator.)

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97 Street Night Market vendors

Thank you to our amazing performers and artists: Rory Lee, Shang De Martial Arts (a.k.a. Ross Sheppard Lion Dance Team), Red Dragon Tai Chi Club, Vivian Tao, Sung Lee Taekwondo Demo Team, Rise to Beat (or R2B), and Convergence Dance Crew.

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The intense Sung Lee Taekwondo Demo Team

A huge thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers, including our dynamic walking tour leaders: Wilson Wu, Judy Wu, Lan Chan-Marples, Peter Wong and Paul Giang. Be sure to catch up with Wilson and Judy and stock up on some ready-to-heat foods at their Wild Tangerine Urban Cuisine booth at Mother’s Market!

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The Chinatown food tour gears up for one last taste from Molly’s Eats

Finally, thanks to all who attended and helped make the event a success!

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Stay in touch! For updates on our happenings, follow us on Twitter (@YEGchinatown) and find us on Facebook.

Vendor Spotlight: Holy Cow! Popsicles & Ice Cream Bars

This year, we’re excited to welcome back to the Night Market vendor list, Holy Cow! Popsicles & Ice Cream Bars!

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You may already be familiar with Holy Cow!’s line-up of unique real fruit popsicles and ice cream bars, which have been a hit since they debuted at local farmers’ markets last July.

The man behind Holy Cow!’s creative brand and product is first-time food entrepreneur Lee Wing Ho, who combined his passion for ice cream and cooking, and started making his own frozen treats as a hobby. His products were so popular with friends and family that they encouraged him to open up a farmers’ market booth, and thus Holy Cow! was born.

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Come by the market this Saturday to try one of Holy Cow!’s Lychee, Durian (ooh!), Black Sesame or Red Bean ice cream bars.  If those don’t float your boat, there’s also Mango, Strawberry, Pineapple, Blueberry, Raspberry, Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Vanilla Bean, Lemony Lime, Cherry, Avocado, Peach, and possibly more!

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Holy Cow Frozen Treats
City Market Downtown
T: (780) 966-6828
E:
holycow.frozentreats@yahoo.ca

Vendor Spotlight: Cally’s Teas

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In Chinatown, celebrations require food, and food requires tea.  Lucky for us, Cally’s Teas will be joining us for the night, offering an array of imported and house-blended loose leaf teas for sale.

In case you aren’t already acquainted, Cally’s Teas is a gem of a tea shop in Old Strathcona, owned and operated by Cally, a self-professed “crazy tea lady”.

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There’s of course a spectrum of crazy, and having met Cally, I would suggest to you that she’s crazy in the warmest and best of ways. Her shop is a reflection of her:  lovable, unique and full of character. Beyond the wall of imported and house-blended loose leaf teas, is a veritable emporium of curiosities. Check out these photos for a glimpse into the wonderland of tea:

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Cally’s Teas
10151 – 82 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T6E 1Z5
T: (780) 757-8944

 

Vendor Spotlight: Ying Fat Food Products Ltd.

Allow us to introduce you to Ying Fat Food Products Ltd., makers and purveyors of superior quality tofu.

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We Edmontonians have much to be proud of, what with having more farmers’ markets than we can shake a stick at, and our summer festivals abound. But few people realize how fortunate we are to have a tofu factory nestled in our very own Chinatown.  Fresh-made tofu is something few people get to experience, and unless you’ve tasted it (or felt it… it might be more of a texture thing), you might never know what you were missing. With Ying Fat in town and open to the public, Edmontonians have unbridled access to fresh, scrumptrilescent tofu.

Ying Fat already provides many local restaurants with tofu, and we’re delighted to announce that they’ll be supplying us with individual portions of their house-made sweetened dessert tofu, or dau fu fa, to sell for a bargain at the 97th Street Night Market.

A couple weeks ago, I had a chance to visit Ying Fat and explore the wonders of Alberta’s only tofu factory. Thanks to May Ying for letting me look around and take these photos to share!

May Ying - she and her siblings operate Ying Fat Food Products Ltd., having taken over for their parents, the original proprietors.
May Ying – she and her siblings operate Ying Fat Food Products Ltd., having taken over for their parents, the original proprietors.
Dau fu fa - one for you, two for me.
Dau fu fa – one for you, two for me.
Shiny things!
Shiny things!

Ying Fat Food Products Ltd.
10512 – 98 Street NW
Edmonton, AB  T5H 2N4
T: (780) 425-9489