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Richmond Night Market is back after two years of COVID constraints


Key takeaways: 

  • 22-year-old Metro Vancouver food fair reopens on Friday and runs till October.
  • The Richmond Night Market will be back full-on this summer, running from April 29 to October 10.

The Richmond Night Market is back for the 2022 season after being cut short the previous year due to COVID-19. 

One of the biggest outdoor markets in North America, the night market in Richmond, B.C., usually varies from May to October.

According to its website, the market — which has food stalls presenting a wide variety of street food and games and concerts — yearly draws almost a million visitors from across the region, Canada, and beyond.

In 2020, the night market was revoked due to pandemic limitations. It returned last July with less capacity but ended early in September as COVID case counts mounted and new rules were set. 

Now, organizers are hopeful for an entire season beginning April 29 until Oct. 10. 

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The Richmond Night Market is back for the 2022 season after being cut short the previous year due to COVID-19

A multi-cultural market

Organizer and founder Raymond Cheung says this year’s theme, “Summer Magic Rainbow,” recalls his expectancy for a better future post-pandemic.

“We [are] nearly [at the] end of the pandemic, basically like a rainbow is going to come out after the storm,” Cheung stated.

“We want people [to] feel this is a new start, a new beginning.”

Aside from the over-500 food items on request, this year’s market will have something new: neon light decorations across the whole venue created to make visitors feel like they were in a Chinese city.

“My idea is to get back the classic all-night market from the past, which was approximately 50 or 80 years ago when you traveled to Shanghai, Hong Kong … with the ambiance, street food, people eating, enjoying as a family,” he stated.

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