Having been cancelled last year, the Queens Night Market is planning a hopeful return in 2021. Olivia Guillotin
After having to cancel its 2020 season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queens Night Market is planning a hopeful return in April.
The popular open-air food bazaar — held on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park — is anticipating an opening date of April 17 and expecting to run through October 30.
As it did before, the Queens Night Market will run on Saturday evenings but its schedule will also depend upon pandemic-related restrictions and concerns.
“The tentative dates for our season are consistent with how we’ve operated for the last six years, minus last year’s canceled season,” said John Wang, its founder. “We always open when it starts to get warm enough in mid-April and end each season with a fun trick-or-treat night market at the end of October.”
Since its start in 2015, the Queens Night Market has featured food vendors representing 90 … [+] countries. Due to the pandemic, its 2020 run was cancelled. Sharon Medina
Since its start in 2015, the Queens Night Market acts as an incubator for vendors establishing their food businesses and running them as their main occupation or side gigs.
According to Wang, the annual seasonal event has helped to launch 300 new businesses in New York City and served up cuisines from 90 countries. At each market directly from their tents or stalls, participating vendors ring up, prepare and dish out orders representing a wide global range of foods and drinks.
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