The Toronto chapter of the North American Association of Asian Professionals (NAAAP) is gearing up for its first annual T&T Waterfront Night Market. Presented in association with T&T Supermarkets and President's Choice, Toronto is following in the footsteps of popular North American night markets with its own summer event along the city's waterfront.
Until now, a night market mainstay has been absent from Toronto's urban landscape. Although the city's Chinatown holds an annual street festival, an event on the scale of Richmond's Summer Night Market has been difficult to establish.
Ben Hum, president of NAAAP Toronto, promises that the Waterfront Night Market will be worth the wait. "The event is a bridge to unify Pan Asian countries with Western culture." Hum explains that the event is not a strictly Asian affair; the night market will also feature bands and artists catering to a variety of ethnic groups. "Our cornerstone is the Asian Night Market, but in a Canadian multicultural city."
The Waterfront Night Market, taking place from Friday, August 6th to Sunday, August 8th, promises over sixty vendors, live dance performances, cooking demonstrations, outdoor food stalls, prize giveaways, and an evening car show.
Although Hum is optimistic about the initiative, he adds that the event is a pilot project. "Based on the success of the night market, we'll be able to gauge a multi-weekend event." However, with organizers expecting around 10,000 attendees per night, it sounds like Toronto's Waterfront Night Market may be here to stay.
T&T Waterfront Night Market
Friday, August 6th: 6pm - 12am
Saturday, August 7th: 6pm - 12am
Sunday, August 8th: 5pm - 10pm
Location: T&T Supermarket Parking lot; 222 Cherry Street, Toronto ON
TrackBack URL for this entry: