It’s been a busy season for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which recently played host to the U.S. Open and the Maker Faire. Following the wave of enthusiastic sports and tech fans, zealous foodies are now anxiously waiting for the return of the Queens International Night Market, which will officially kick off its fall season at the park on September 30th.
Now in its third year, the much-anticipated event brings together a rotating cast of 130 local vendors that represent over 80 countries. In addition to food and drink offerings, which are generally capped at $5, various activities will also be taking place: from quirky jazz sessions and performances by Bengali dance troupes to a “heart-pumping” balloon popping race. (It’s only fittingly that it all takes place in Queens, the most diverse borough in New York City.)
Because October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this year’s event will also play host to an American Cancer Society fundraiser as part of ACS’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. Entry for the night market is technically free, but ACS volunteers will be collecting a suggested donation of $5 per visitor at the gates. Following its debut on the 30th, the night market will operate every Saturday until October 28th, culminating with a Halloween bash.
In anticipation for its kick off, we’ve prepared guide of 10 not-to-miss vendors — get your stomachs (and wallets) ready.
10. Burmese Bites
Noticing the lack of Burmese food in the street fair industry, Myo Lin Thway — the mastermind behind Burmese Bites — decided to “hit the road.” For more than a dozen years, he served food at Myanmar Baptist Church Food Fair fundraisers, which give him the confidence to go public with his iterations of dishes like Chicken Curry Palata, Keema Palata and Ohno Kaukswe (coconut chicken noodle soup).
At the night market, Keema Palata — a savory dish of unleavened, griddle heated flatbread served with minced white meat chicken — is a fan favorite.