Food trucks and urban craft vendors are taking over the Union Station Plaza and Fifth Avenue in the International district this Saturday night, September 7. It will be reminiscent of a traditional outdoor Asian market, but with a little extra funk, in the form of break-dancing, of course.
The Chinatown-ID Business Improvement Area is teaming up with the Mobile Food Rodeo and the Fremont Sunday Market to bring a vast selection of food options to this year’s festival. There will be more than 20 trucks and carts parked for your street food needs. Some of the notable ones on the docket include Tokyo Dog, How Pickle Got Out of a Jam, Where Ya At Matt, BeanFish, and Plum. And each food truck chef will be creating an Asian-inspired menu item that will go for $5—like a crispy pork belly green papaya salad from the Nosh food truck or an Arab eggroll served from the window of Falafel Salam. Beverage carts Anchor Head Coffee, with its adorably bottled cold brew, and Soda Jerk Soda, with exotic-bubbly combos, will handle nonalcoholic refreshments.
Along with festivities that include live music and a B-Boy dance competition, where you’ll watch that movie You Got Served unfold right before your very eyes; there’s also a Kirin Ichiban beer garden. The Japanese beer garden is open on King Street for the entirety of the festival, but from 4 to 6pm and from 11pm to midnight it’s happy hour, meaning $3 pints. But drinking too many Ichibans and jumping in with the break-dancers is not a good idea—they’re trained professionals, and you're just a little bit buzzed.
Night Market and Autumn Moon Festival
September 7, 6pm to midnight, Fifth Avenue South and Union Station Plaza