The popular Queens Night Market at Flushing Meadows Corona Park returns with a preview event on Saturday, April 16.
To help alleviate previous years’ opening night traffic and capacity issues, the event is selling a limited number of tickets for the preview event taking place this Saturday as well as Saturday, April 23.
Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance. Children under 12 are free. If tickets remain unsold for either night, tickets will be $8 at the door. The event pledges to donate at least 20% of net ticket proceeds to charity and collects suggestions for causes important to New Yorkers.
To date, most of the suggestions from the public relate to the tragic conflict in Ukraine, so at least part of the funds will be allocated to this cause. The organizer also hopes to offer suggestions for more local charities to support.
Last year, the event donated nearly $30,000 to charities in Queens to help those affected by COVID and those affected by Hurricane Ida.
“Honestly, I can’t believe we started seven years ago. It’s as if it were yesterday but also as there is a life. Little did I know it would become such a consuming, inescapable and integral part of my life,” said John Wang, founder of Queens Night Market. “Even more unimaginable at the time, considering the countless incredible things this city has to offer, is that some people would come to call it a ‘New York City institution’. In any case, we overcome the nervousness and plan for the contingencies as best we can because we are so, so excited to see the beautiful smiles and hear the wonderful laughter of New Yorkers here again.
The Queens Night Market will be free and open to the public from May 7. The summer season is scheduled through August as usual, but the event will explore moving for its fall season in September and October as current space may become unavailable then.
In its first six seasons, Queens Night Market hosted nearly 2 million visitors, helped launch approximately 350 new businesses in New York City, and represented more than 90 countries through its suppliers and their food. The event averaged over 15,000 attendees each Saturday night in 2021.
Last year was the busiest year on record for vendors at Queens Night Market. Despite branded price caps placed on their menus, food vendors averaged nearly $2,500 per night in sales. This season, the hugely popular $5 cap on food prices (with a few exceptions limited to $6) will remain in place.
“I’ve read so many articles about the exorbitant and rising prices appearing on menus these days. In some ways, I think it’s doubled down on our commitment to affordability, as a kind of small counterweight to the skyrocketing cost of living in this city,” Wang said. “But we are painfully aware that inflation is also affecting our suppliers’ supply chains, so we control what we can and keep their costs down. as low as possible.”
Children’s games will be reintroduced at the event this year, and signed copies of Queens Night Market’s award-winning cookbook will also be available for sale at the event. “The World Eats Here” was co-written by Wang and his wife, Storm Garner, a filmmaker and oral historian.
This season should include Afghan mantu and chapli kababs, Indonesian kue pancong and ote ote, Portuguese pastéis de nata, Filipino balut, dinuguan and lugaw, Romanian kürtőskalács, Mexican huaraches, Indian tandoori barbecues and many more. others.
The event also hosts many art/merchandise vendors, and the season will include vintage clothing, hand poured candles, travel photography, crochet toys, stationery, small batch soap, henna, vintage brooches and advertisements, international crafts, New York-themed clothing. , gourmet dog treats, handmade jewelry, ceramics and local art.
The Queens Night Market will continue to feature multiple live shows every Saturday night.
One of the main problems the event faced last year was the number of visitors who drove vehicles to the event, creating traffic jams and illegal parking issues. Visitors are strongly encouraged to use public transportation whenever possible. The Queens Night Market does not control the adjacent car park, and the event was recently advised that visitors and vendors with vehicles should expect to find a newly instituted parking fee of $15.