The only thing better than tasty fare, funky shopping and live music during the daytime Trail Market on the Esplanade, is the chance to enjoy street food, retail therapy and local performers in Jubilee Park at night.
After last year’s inaugural night market drew a large crowd that included many nine-to-fivers, a special evening edition of Trail Market on the Esplanade returns Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The event has returned for several reasons, says Andrea Jolly, the city’s communications and events coordinator.
“It gives those people who can’t attend the Friday markets because of work or other daytime commitments, an opportunity to enjoy the market,” she explained.
Despite rain and thunder last year, the night market had an excellent turnout and proved extremely popular.
“The evening market has a much different ambience than the daytime market,” said Jolly.
“We see a whole new crowd – it occurs mid-week so those who usually spend their summer weekends at the lake or elsewhere may have the time to come down to enjoy everything the market has to offer.”
Sixty vendors have signed up for the event, selling everything from fresh produce, spices and baking to one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and homemade soaps, lotions and candles.
Besides offering a unique shopping experience along the riverfront, the night market will probably appeal to many palates with pizza makers, southern barbeque, and Local 480 burgers on the menu, as well as the event’s new merchant Jeff Bertsch with his Chewy’s Mountain Dogs cart.
“I hear the night market will be busy,” said the Winlaw-based entrepreneur, mentioning his product is all-beef with no additives in the franks, toppings or buns.
“I’ve actually only being doing this for a few months and expect to have everything fined tuned next year,” said Bertsch, adding that he’s also selling his own farm fresh eggs. “But anything I sell, I always make it the healthiest I can.”
Hosting the event during dinner hours was another key factor when planning the later-than-usual market, said Jolly.
“It occurs during supper time therefore encouraging folks to come down with their family and friends,” she explained. “To have supper then stroll through the great vendor selection and listen to the great music.”
The Tim Bourchier Band will be performing classic rock tunes during the four-hour affair.
“We encourage people to sing along to their favourite songs,” Jolly added. “And we also encourage dancing!”
A second Wednesday night market is slated for August 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.