626 Night Market on Good Day LA

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Check us out on yesterday morning’s Good Day LA Weekend Roundup on Channel 11 FOX! We previewed the 626 Night Market for host Mar Yvette on the morning news segment, showcasing some of our most interesting vendors: Pop’d Up thai popsicles, Dragon Whisker Candy, Nitropop nitrogen popcorn, and Cotton Candy Flowers. We had so much fun doing our first LIVE segment on air. Thank you Mar and Good Day LA for featuring our event this weekend.

Make sure you stop by the LAST 626 Night Market this weekend, Sept 12-14, at Santa Anita Park! We have an amazing entertainment line-up and a cosplay parade + contest as well. You don’t want to miss out!

2014 Short Film Contest Winners

It’s time to share the winning films for our 2014 short film contest! It was so exciting to watch all of the submissions this year. The 626NM team was in awe of the talent and creativity in our community. All of the entries were equally creative and unique in their own way, but these five stood out above all the rest to the 626 Night Market team. We hope that this inspires you all to continue to tell stories and share your talent with the world!

Watch the winning short films below.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!  Additional info, credits & website information are in the YouTube video descriptions – please take the time to check out and support your favorite filmmakers!

1st Place - See Me

2nd Place - Sweet Memories

3rd Place - Remembering

4th Place - Dear Soulmate

5th Place - 626 Night Hustle

Thank you to everyone who submitted to our video contest this year, and congratulations again to our winners!

Los Angeles Times: The Taste at Paramount Studios

Some of the 626 Night Market team + friends had the pleasure of attending The Taste last weekend. As a promotional partner of The Taste, we’re glad to have the opportunity to share our brand with the greater LA foodie community. The scene was truly amazing and the variety and quality of the dishes were impeccable. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Paramount Studio’s New York Street backlot, The Taste felt like a Hollywood style night market. It was definitely a memorable event. Make sure to check The Taste out next year!

In the meantime, check out our upcoming events: 626 Night Market on Sept 12-14 and OC Night Market on October 10-12!

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626 Night Market Cosplay Contest, Sept 14

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Calling all cosplayers! Come to 626 Night Market September 12–14 in cosplay and receive special deals and discounts from select vendors. Plus, you could be crowned the Champion of Cosplayers in our Cosplay Contest on Sunday, 9/14!

▶ Find out more at http://bit.ly/626NM-Cosplay.

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Video: Aunty Merry’s Longest Satay

Bigger is better! Check out the longest satay by Indonesian street food vendor Aunty Merry. This satay is a whopping 20 inches long on a 27 inch skewer stick. Now that’s a skewer for a big appetite! Try it at the next 626 Night Market on Sept 12-14.

Check out Aunty Merry:

Video: Behind the Scenes at 626 Night Market

Meet a few of the 626 Night Market team members and get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of a night market event! Don’t miss Patricia’s “What’s in my bag” tag for her 626NM Survival Kit – pretty nifty stuff hehe.

Produced by: Aileen Xu
Edited by: Tiger Souvannakoumane
Shot by: Tiger Souvannakoumane, Avery Xie, Aileen Xu

Video: 6 Unexpected Foods at the Night Market

We explored the 626 Night Market to find its most unique and unexpected foods! This video only barely scratches the surface on the surprising foods that can be found at the night market, but we’d say it’s a pretty good start. Nutella wontons, shark tacos, uni cream tater tots and burritos, and mochi puffs with coconut cream filling! Yum!

Featured vendors: Grubco, La Sriracha Macha, LotZa Tots, Mama Musubi

Produced by: Aileen Xu
Edited by: Tiger Souvannakoumane
Shot by: Tiger Souvannakoumane, Avery Xie

Upcoming Events:

626 Night Market
Fri & Sat, August 15-17
Fri & Sat, September 12-14
@ Santa Anita Park

626 Night Market July Recap Video

We had a beautiful homecoming at the summer’s first 626 Night Market! We hope that you all had a blast. Food, friends, The Fashion Show, DAN aka DAN + PriskaJAZMIN Sisters, Peter Adrian & Yoshi Sudarso, Bobasaurus Rex’s big farewell… just to mention a few. Lots of great memories made, and more to come August 15-17 and September 12-14!

Stay on top of everything #626NightMarket by clicking “Going” on our Facebook event. Please invite your friends! http://bit.ly/626NightMarket2014

626 Night Market on Sky Link TV Talk Show

This one’s for the Mandarin speakers out there—626 Night Market was invited to a talk show on Sky Link TV with the beautiful host Charlene Shen, and Jonny and I went on the show to represent. Personally, I was terrified that we had to speak Mandarin (why didn’t I pay more attention in Chinese school?) but I’m so thankful for the opportunity. We talked about our backgrounds, how the night market started, our upcoming 626 Night Markets at Santa Anita Park, and the future of 626 Night Market. Afterwards, we met some of the team behind Sky Link TV and everyone was so warm, welcoming, and complimenting us for the work we’ve done for 626 Night Market. Honestly, hearing those kind words of support from our community are what lifts us up so much. The 626 Night Market team is so grateful to know that what we do makes an impact on others’ lives and that we’re doing something that people appreciate. Hopefully we can continue to grow and spread what we do. Thank you all for the support thus far!

From the Insiders: Tips & Tricks for A Smooth Time at 626 Night Market

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[Original article by Patricia Huang]

We’ve noticed that a lot of our attendees who don’t have the best time at our night markets are those who come completely unprepared or with different expectations. After going through all the Yelp reviews and blogs, we’ve compiled a list of 14 tips and tricks for our event-goers that’ll help them have a good time. Please share this with your friends in preparation for the upcoming 626 Night Market events this summer!

Tips & Tricks for A Smooth Time at 626 Night Market

1. Don’t like crowds? Arrive early.
The dinner rush is usually 6–9pm. Arrive before or after to avoid the longest lines. (If arriving super early, bring an umbrella or some kind of sun protection so the late afternoon summer heat is more tolerable.)

2. Navigate like a pro. Download the 626 Night Market iPhone app.
The map is GPS-enabled so you know exactly where you are and where your favorite booths are located. An Android version is coming soon later this summer.

3. Bring cash.
Most food vendors only take cash while merchandise vendors are much more card-friendly. You can find ATMs located throughout the event (labeled in our maps).

4. Average food expenditure is around $20 per person.
The person with an average appetite spends around $20 for 3-5 different food items. The major perk for that price is that you get to pick and choose any of the hundreds of food items available in one place, plus enjoy free entertainment!

5. Parking is free! Kids under 6 years old also enter for free! :)
This specifically applies to 626 Night Market at Santa Anita Park.

6. For maximum comfort and leisure, bring these items.
Comfortable shoes (for standing in lines), sunblock, picnic blanket (for the nice grassy areas), a bag (to hold all the food and goodies), and even an umbrella for shade.

7. Tremendous food choices can be overwhelming at first visit.
Look through the directory on the 626 Night Market iPhone app, on the website, and posters peppered throughout the venue for the full overview. Ask around or utilize social media (see Tip #14) such as Instagram to find what’s buzzing.

8. Strategy 1: Divide and Conquer
The best strategies we’ve seen so far is to come in a big group, tackle several booths at once and re-group to share the items together. Lots more food to try, less wait times.

9. Strategy 2: Time Surf
Come early for the uber-popular food items first while there’s little to no line, then take your time trying the other food vendors. You can have it all!

10. Don’t be intimidated by long lines. Many of them go at a good pace.
Different vendors have different line rates. Feel free to ask people in line to gauge the real wait times. Also, there are plenty of vendors with shorter to no lines who are all worth trying. Maybe you’ll find the next food hype?

11. More seating are found in merchandise and entertainment areas.
Food areas can get packed during dinner rush so it’s optimized for standing and walking only.

12. Stinky tofu.
Some love it, some hate it. If you’re the latter, breathing through the mouth can help.

13. See something that needs our attention? Flag down a staff member or volunteer.
Your safety and well-being is our number-one priority. 626 Night Market staff members can be found patrolling at all times to ensure everything is going well (we’re wearing special event t-shirts and lanyard badges). For non-urgent issues, we have plenty of volunteers around who can help!

14. Follow 626 Night Market on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date event information.
Our social media is active at all times during the event, providing live important event updates such as how crowded it is, which entrances have shorter lines, which parking lots may be full, etc. If you have any issues, comments, or concerns (or just want to send us some love), tweet @626NightMarket and #626NightMarket to get your comment seen and addressed.


Did we miss anything? Leave a comment below if you have any additional tips or thoughts. Have fun and meet you at the night market!