As you all know, no event is complete without taking a set of silly photos!
This year, we are lucky to have Sunny Snapshots join us to help you capture those moments! Remember to drop by the booth and have your photos taken (props seen in photos will be available for use on site) and printed free of charge.
We’re excited to finally announce our schedule of performers at the 97 Street Night Market on August 23, 2014! We’ve gathered a great mix of talent from the community for an evening that honours traditional cultural arts and embraces more modern sensibilities. Performances take place every half an hour.
6:15pm – a lion dance performed by the Shang De Martial Arts will kick things off with a bang!
6:45pm – have you ever wanted to try tai chi but didn’t know where to go? The Red Dragon Tai Chi Club will not only demonstrate basic tai chi and explain its benefits, but also lead those interested in a brief lesson.
7:15pm – twelve year old Vivian Tao has mastered the guzheng (the Chinese plucked zither). Come be amazed!
7:45pm – the Sung Lee Taekwondo Demo Team will show us their equivalent of Street Fighter moves. Stay back – you’ve been warned!
8:15pm – Rise to Beat, or R2B, was brought together in 2012 by a love of music and dance. Their style of dancing varies mainly between hip-hop and K-Pop. They’re sure to get the energy up!
A taste of R2B
8:45pm – the Sung Lee Taekwondo Demo Team will be back for an encore performance!
9:15pm – Convergence Dance Crew is a K-Pop dance group made up of mostly non-Korean performers. Back after their popular appearance at last year’s night market, will close out the stage with a light-infused performance that will raise the bar.
This year, we’re excited to welcome back to the Night Market vendor list, Holy Cow! Popsicles & Ice Cream Bars!
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.
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!
One of the highlights of any night market is the food! On August 23, 2014, you can expect tasty Asian-inspired treats from several food trucks, as well as some specialty items from local merchants. It’ll be hard to narrow down your selections!
Molly’s Eats feeding the crowd at the 2013 Night Market
Without further adieu, here are the 97 Street Night Market menus:
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”.
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:
Last year, our Chinatown walking tours were immensely popular. Those who took part learned about the neighbourhood’s history, its inhabitants, businesses, and notable art. We’ve asked our able guides to return again this year, so put on your walking shoes and join us for one of four free tours starting at the 97 Street Night Market on August 23, 2014:
6:00pm, Taste of Chinatown: Ever curious about the tastes of Chinatown, but were too afraid to ask? New this year, Wild Tangerine’s Wilson Wu will be introducing you to some of the culinary treasures in Chinatown, from a fresh tofu factory to a bakery and a barbecue shop. Samples will be included along the way! Space is limited on this tour, and is first come, first served.
6:30pm, History of Chinatown: – Join Lan Chan-Marples and Peter Wong, Chinatown Heritage Tour Guides, on a walking tour of Chinatown past, present and future. Learn about Chinese settlement to Edmonton that began more than 120 years ago, the businesses and associations that sprung up to serve a growing community, and the location and relocation of Heritage Chinatown.
7:30pm, The Art of Chinatown: Join Paul Giang, Spacing Edmonton founder, and Olivia Fung on a walking tour of Chinatown that explores its artistic side and other curiosities. The tour will include work done by Dirt City Dream City, the Living Bridge, the free wall along the LRT, and the proposal of arts district in quarters.
8:30pm, History of Chinatown: – Join Lan Chan-Marples and Peter Wong, Chinatown Heritage Tour Guides, on a walking tour of Chinatown past, present and future. Learn about Chinese settlement to Edmonton that began more than 120 years ago, the businesses and associations that sprung up to serve a growing community, and the location and relocation of Heritage Chinatown.
Allow us to introduce you to Ying Fat Food Products Ltd., makers and purveyors of superior quality tofu.
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!
Ying Fat Food Products Ltd.
10512 – 98 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 2N4
T: (780) 425-9489