While other neighborhood festivals get more press, the International District's annual night market and fall harvest celebration is a reliably excellent destination for performances, dance, and tons of good food. This year the festival moved to a new location at Union Station Plaza, at Fifth and Jackson. Food vendors on hand Saturday night included two food trucks--Asian-fusion from Chopstix and Japanese-style hot dogs from Tokyo Dog--as well as banh mi shop Sub-Sand and Oasis Bubble Tea. A beer garden poured Kirin Ichiban, but lemonade and Thai iced coffee kept nondrinkers revved for dancing to Japanese and Korean pop. Check out our slide show of egg puff cakes, nori fries, and other night market eats by our own Sabina Cao.

That same night, 175 miles to the south the night market at the inaugural Feast Portland festival gathered an impressive roster of chefs--some who cook Asian, some who don't--to dole out noodle soups and fish cakes to an eager crowd. The night market was the indisputable hit of the festival, and something similar would be a guaranteed hit up here. Just sayin'.

 

 

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