Last weekend, we attended the OC Night Market to sample some exotic foods. This event also occurs as the 626 Night Market (626 is the area code for Arcadia). It’s been a few years since I last attended, and since then, it has grown and is more organized. The cost to get into the event is $5 per person, plus parking fees at the fairground. For the price, you get access to local artisan goods, music and entertainment, and a plethora of food vendors to choose from.
I enjoyed seeing the artwork and handmade goods, it reminded me a bit of UniqueLA, an annual event of many Etsy-type vendors.
Food and drinks were very gimmicky. Are you into unicorns and rainbows? If so, you’re in luck. Did you like to mash up all your food into one bowl when you were a kid? This is the place for you. Do you like food trucks? There’s a number of them here to choose from.
Prices are not cheap. You pay for the atmosphere and the food presentation.
I tried the Takoyaki because there was a mile long line for it, so it must be good, right? It turned out to be meh, the round balls of squid stuffing was a bit too mushy and the flavor didn’t really have much of a kick to it.
My man tried the sumo hot dog and it was about the size of a dollar bill and cost ten. I think he said bacon-wrapped hot dogs with grilled onions from a street vendor tastes better.
The highlight of the night was the chicken wings Audrey got from the Belly Bombz truck, which were very tasty. She liked them so much that we had to go on a quest for more the next day for lunch.
We also liked the Puchao candy booth. They were giving away free candy and the costumed mascot was cute! I’d like one in my home, please.
All in all, it was a fun way to spend a Saturday night, but I think we’ll be skipping it for a few years and stick with our favorite restaurants.