Southern California, get ready for a bigger and better 626 Night Market on Saturday, July 28, at Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall. Audrey Magazine, along with others that experienced somewhat of a logistical nightmare when the night market launched in April, is cheering the organizers on as they prepare for round two.
The 626 night market team has taken the public’s feedback into consideration – the new venue is four times larger than the last one with an area of 250,000 square feet across six blocks. Public and private lots usually closed on Saturdays will be opened along with 10,000 parking spaces nearby. The organizers are working with Pasadena officials to coordinate smooth traffic flow and will offer incentives to attendees who use public transportation to get to the event. 200 vendors (about three times more than last time) selling pan-Asian street eats, merchandise, and services are expected to participate. Details are available via the improved website featuring a blog, photos, and more.
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Audrey Magazine braved bumper to bumper traffic and a parking ticket on April 14 to join the masses (nearly 10,000 people) at the first 626 Night Market in Pasadena, CA, “a central gateway point to introduce local businesses and entrepreneurs [from the 626 area code region],” said one of the founders, Taiwanese American Jonny C. Hwang. The night market website had promised beef noodle soup, stinky tofu, Japanese red bean pancakes, and other unique Asian food and products sold by 80 local businesses during the San Gabriel Valley version of the cultural commodity experience found in countries like Thailand and Taiwan. We didn’t get to partake of the eats and goods due to the intimidating crowds, but we caught a few words from Hwang, a few attendees, and one of the vendors at the beginning of the night market. Thanks for the great photos, Paul Gor!