The organizers of the Queens International Night Market will host two sneak preview events in April to excite people for its 2018 season starting in May.
On April 21 and April 28, Queens residents will be able to feast on food from all over the world and a variety of handcrafted items near the New York Hall of Science at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Organizer John Wang said the two events will be held in an effort to avoid the congestion and traffic that occurred during the 2017 market opening weekend.
The market opened in 2015 to showcase the diverse food options in the borough. Wang modeled the food market after the open air markets he visited while traveling to Taiwan as a child.
As in previous years, there will be a $5 cap on all food items sold. Some food vendors will sell select items for $6. Returning offerings include Trinidadian shark sandwiches, Burmese palatas, Indonesian kue pancong, Ceviche, Persian crispy rice, Salvadoran Pupusas, Malaysian “ramly” burgers and Chilean completos and chacacero.
Attendees will also be able to purchase Pusheen the cat merchandise, Mexican handcrafts, small-batch soap, Quechuan handicrafts, New York City-themed apparel, designer umbrellas, stationery, travel kits, contemporary art and henna.
New food vendors include Thai Roasted Crickets; Mexican Tacos Al Pastor; Indian Parantha, Chole Bhature, and Kachori; Italian Porchetta; Moldovan Waffle Rolls; Brazilian Coxinha and Sonho; Peruvian Jalea; Malaysian Fish Head Curry and Bubur Cha Cha; Pakistani Nihari and Haleem and Crab and Shrimp Boils.
Tickets for the sneak preview events cost $5 and if they don’t sell out, $8 at the door. They can be purchased them online.
Organizers are also encouraging people to take public transportation, bike or walk to the market since there is limited parking.