Night markets are hugely popular in Asia and if you’ve ever been to one you know why. Chaotic as they may often seem to be, night markets are also home to some of the best (and cheapest) food you’ll find. Over the past several years Toronto has started to get into the night market game, with several popping up every summer. You can count on a summer night market to offer a wide variety of food and drinks, and most often, live entertainment. They make for a fun way to take advantage of warm nights and fill up on delicious food you might not normally find elsewhere. Here are five of the best summer night markets to check out in Toronto.
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The Stop’s Night Market
One of the city’s most popular annual food events happens to come in the form of a summer night market. The Stop’s Night Market is an all-you-can-eat-and-drink fundraiser where by enjoying the food of some of Toronto’s best chefs, you’re also supporting the Stop Community Food Centre and their food access and community-building programs. The two-day event happens June 13-14 from 11 to 7 p.m. and each $100 ticket gets you as much food and drink as you have room for. Some of the many vendors to look forward to include Fat Pasha, Richmond Station, Oyster Boy, Rasa, Farmhouse Tavern, Boodles Gin, Beau’s, Annette Food Market – and many more. So come ready to fill up on some of the city’s best eats and drinks for a great cause. There will also be live entertainment both nights.
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Night it Up!
Head just outside the city centre to the Markham Civic Center to check out Night It Up! The three-day festival is a highlight for many people and justifiably so. This is where you can fill up on some seriously good Asian street food in a fun and festive atmosphere. You’ll be able to get your fill from over 100 booths, serving everything from ramen burgers to fried ice cream, and in addition to stuffing your face with street food you can enjoy live performances over all three nights of the festival. Night it Up! takes place June 14-16 and runs from 7 to 11 p.m. on the 14th, from 2 p.m. to midnight on the 15th and from 2 to 8 p.m. on the 16th.
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Junction Night Market
Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood has its very own summer night market celebrating the local community. This year’s event is happening on July 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Pacific Avenue, just north Dundas Street West. You can buy food, beer and cider for just $5 a pop and all the proceeds go to help members of the community access fresh and healthy food through local food programs. This is a laid-back, family-friendly summer event and a great way to get to know a new neighbourhood if you don’t spend much time in the Junction.
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Toronto Waterfront Night Market
Another highly anticipated summer event in the city, the Toronto Waterfront Night Market , will be happening August 11-13 and while details might be scarce at this point, the festival promises a big announcement about this year’s market. Keep an eye on the website (or join the mailing list) to get the details as soon as they’re available. No matter what changes the market is planning, you can expect a plethora of unique and exciting street food, live entertainment, vendors and performances over the three-night event.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Taste of Asia
TD Taste of Asia Festival takes place June 23-25 this summer on Kennedy Rd. between Steeles Ave. and Clayton Drive. You’re going to want to bring your appetite to this one, as there will be over 150 booths set up selling a variety of tempting items. In addition to snacking your way though the market there will also be live entertainment, free shows, cooking demonstrations, dancing, martial arts demonstrations and overseas Chinese stars on hand to round out the multicultural experience. The theme changes each year and this year you can expect a taste of Hong Kong, as well as a Cambodian royal palace pavilion. Taste of Asia runs on Friday the 23 from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday the 24 from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday the 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.