The Mobile Food Rodeo and the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) is thrilled to announce the return of SEATTLE’S NIGHT MARKET & AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL to Chinatown’s historic Union Station on Saturday, September 7th. From 6 p.m. to 12 midnight, the Union Station Plaza and 5th Avenue South will be transformed into a thriving Asian market with more than thirty vintage and urban craft vendors, live cultural performances, and over twenty of the region’s most followed food trucks.
This year, the folks behind Seattle’s Mobile Food Rodeo and Fremont Sunday Market have partnered with the Chinatown-ID to bring the first Mobile Food Rodeo to Seattle’s Night Market. The Mobile Food lineup at this year’s Night Market will include Seattle favorites such as Nosh, Crisp Creperie, Falafel Salam, How a Pickle Got Out of a Jam, Contigo, Plum, Fish Basket, Street Doughnuts, Where You At Matt, Ben and Jerry’s, Tokyo Dog, and Sam Choy’s ‘Poke to the Max’.
To celebrate the unique international flare of Chinatown-International District, and the Night Market, each participating food truck will be cooking up at least one $5 Asian-inspired menu item, for one-night only. “We are excited to be part of such a great cultural event,” said Harvey Wolfe, owner of Nosh Food Truck. “Food always crosses ethnic boundaries, bringing people together.” As a part of the unique Asian inspired $5 menu, Nosh will be serving a crispy pork-belly with green papaya salad.
“The Chinatown-International District is thrilled to have over twenty local chefs turn our neighborhood into their test kitchen for the night,” said Don Blakeney, the Executive Director of the Chinatown-ID Business Improvement Area. “This partnership with the Mobile Food Rodeo only reinforces the notion that the Chinatown-ID is a regional destination for food lovers.”
Other $5 Asian inspired bites include an Arab Eggroll from Falafel Salam—stuffed with cucumber, tomato, cabbage, parsley, chilies and organic tofu that’s been marinated in 21 Middle Eastern spices. Plum will be offering a spicy tofu burger with ginger garlic and fresh coriander, in addition to a Hawaiian BBQ Burger with grilled pineapple—both $5.
Festival and game-goers who want to get a jump on the evening can take advantage of a 4p.m. happy hour in the Kirin Ichiban Beer Garden on King Street below Chinese Gate. While the beer garden will be open during the entire Festival, beers will be discounted to $3 from 4p.m. to 6p.m. and again from 11p.m. to midnight.
This year, the Seattle Night Market will host an Urban Craft Market that will transport festival goers to the streets of a Bangkok without the jetlag. With thirty urban and outdoor vendors hawking vintage goods, handmade one of a kind jewelry, local art, colorful flowers, and other unique items, festival goers’ will have something to see and touch at every corner.
For entertainment, Seattle’s Night Market will partner with Outshine Productions to host the first C-ID Outshine Invitational B-Boy Dance Competition. The C-ID Outshine Invitational will feature eight of the region’s best breakdance crews battling on the Union Station Plaza beginning at 6:45pm. This year’s lineup includes the Massive Monkees, No Roots, Unleashed, The Wizards, Misguided Steps, 10acious, Dance Broomz and Soule Felons.
Lion dances and kung fu demonstrations will give way to local DJ’s spinning a variety of international pop. Starting at 8:00pm, JK POP! will take to the turntables to kick off an all ages, outdoor, international dance party! JK POP! hosts Seattle’s only Japanese Pop and Korean Pop dance party at Capitol Hill’s popular Barboza. Hosts DJ Bishie & DJ Hojo will be spinning from 8:00 p.m. to – 9:00 p.m. under the stars. At 9:00 p.m. the tables will turn over to C89.5’s DJ Richard J. Dalton, spinning Seattle’s hottest electronic dance music until midnight. Both of these dance parties are open to all ages.
The Autumn Moon Festival has been an annual tradition in Asia for over 3,000 years and is celebrated by many different cultures as an official end of the summer harvest. The timing of the event is meant to coincide with the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, when the moon is full and brightest—also known as the Autumn Equinox for the western calendar. Night markets from Richmond to Philadelphia have become increasingly popular, attracting tens-of-thousands of people to sample Asian delicacies and shop for goods in a unique nighttime atmosphere.
SEATTLE’S NIGHT MARKET & AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL returns to Seattle’s Chinatown-International District Saturday, September 7th, from 6p.m. to midnight. The event will take place on 5th Avenue, between S. Jackson and S. Weller streets, with entertainment in Union Station Plaza (which is above Sound Transit’s Chinatown-International District Station). A Japanese beer garden will open at 4p.m. on S. King Street below the Chinese gate.
For more event information, log onto www.facebook.com/SeattleNightMarket. For information about the press check-in and official press packet, please contact Ben Grace (firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-382-1197). For more information on Chinatown-International District, check out www.SeattleChinatownID.com. To stay on top of the latest restaurant promotions and neighborhood happenings, follow Seattle’s Chinatown-ID on Twitter www.Twitter.com/iheartID or become a fan on Facebook www.Facebook.com/iheartID.
The Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), founded in 1994, works to improve and promote Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. In addition to providing sanitation services, the CIDBIA coordinates several of the neighborhood’s major events including Dragon Fest, and the Lunar New Year Celebration, in addition to Dragon Fest. The CIDBIA also advocates on behalf of its constituents with respect to a host of public policy, planning, and quality‐of‐life issues. For more information about the Chinatown-ID BIA, log onto www.cidbia.org.