March 21, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
The ever-popular Queens Night Market will return for its seventh year next month.
The weekly food festival, which showcases the culinary diversity of Queens each Saturday, will return beginning April 16 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park with dozens of vendors confirmed to take part.
The cost of entry for the first two nights — in what organizers are calling “sneak preview” nights — will be $5 with a portion of the fees going toward charity.
The market will then officially open free of cost beginning May 7 through to the fall.
Organizers will be operating the market every Saturday through to the end of October, with a final date yet to be confirmed. The market will be closed on Aug. 27 through Sep. 10 due to the U.S. Tennis Open.
Last year the festival averaged more than 15,000 attendees each Saturday, organizers said.
The Queens Night Market is known for its $5 and $6 price cap per food item. The cap will remain in place again this year despite the rising cost of food, according to John Wang, founder of the Queens Night Market.
“Our mission [is] to be New York City’s most affordable, diverse and welcoming community event,” Wang said. “I know inflation is going to really squeeze our vendors’ already-thin margins so we’ll keep their fees as low as we possibly can.”
Wang said that they do not make a profit from the fees they charge vendors to participate.
“We’ll keep honoring that commitment to our vendors who really are the lifeblood and the superstars of the event,” Wang said.
The Queens Night Market features diverse foods from across the globe. Since the market’s inception in 2015, vendors have collectively showcased the cuisine of approximately 90 countries, Wang said.
This year the market will host around 50 food vendors offering items from a range of nations such as Afghanistan, Ukraine, Indonesia, Portugal, the Philippines, Romania, Vietnam, Haiti, Cambodia, Colombia, Venezuela, Japan, Mexico, Peru and India.
For instance, some of the food on offer will include Afghan mantu and chapli kababs, Indonesian kue pancong, Filipino balut, Colombian arepas and Salvadorian pupusas.
The event will also host more than two dozen vendors offering items such as handmade jewelry, art, Queens-themed apparel, candles, photographs, paintings and board games.
A number of live music performances will take place each Saturday featuring DJs, rock bands, jazz bands and dance groups. There will also be kids games.
Wang said he hopes the market will bring some welcome relief to residents following another challenging 12 months for the borough.
“There’s so much to worry about these days… hopefully the return of the Queens Night Market will represent some good.”
Wang is calling on foodies to use public transport to get to the event, noting that there was a lot of traffic at the event last year.
Tickets for the first two nights are $5 each if purchased in advance or $8 at the door. Twenty percent of the net ticket sales will go toward charity.
Preview tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
Below is a list of confirmed vendors operating at the 2022 Queens Night Market:
Anda Café – Bubble Tea & Shaved Ice
Arepalicious – Colombian Arepas
Askanya Chocolates – Haitian Chocolate
Avli – Greek Grilled Octopus & Yiouvetsi
Ay Cachapas! – Venezuelan Cachapas
Beach Bistro 96 – Brazilian Chicken Stroganoff & Feijoada
Bengali Street Eats – Bangladeshi Fushka
Blaz Inn – Belizean Panades & Garnaches
Blintz Box – Ukrainian Blintz, Borscht & Pirozhki
La Braza – Roasted Corn & Skewers
Brazilicious – Brazilian Pão de Queijo & Coxinha
Bstro – Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken
Burmese Bites – Burmese Palatas
C Bao – Asian Duck and Pork Buns
Cambodiannow – Cambodian Fish Amok
La Carnada – Mexican Huaraches
Cocotazo – Puerto Rican Pastelles & Rellenos de Papa
De’Rangoon – Burmese Tea Leaf Salad
DiLena’s Dolcini – Italian Cannoli and Baked Goods
Don Ceviche – Peruvian Ceviche and Jalea
The Dough Club – Mochi Donuts
Go Green Yak! – Tibetan Tsel Bhakleb & Tsamthuk
Grilla in Manila – Filipino Choribuger, Dinuguan & Balut
Honey Gramz – Local Honey
Hong Kong Street Food
Janie’s Life-Changing Baked Goods – Pie-Crust Cookies
Joey Bats Café – Portuguese Pasteis de Nata & Stuffed Bica
Joon – Persian Crispy Rice
Kanin NYC – Filipino Lugaw & Halo-Halo
Karl’s Balls – Japanese Takoyaki
La’Maoli – Antiguan Black Pudding & Ducana
Lion City Coffee – Singaporean Mee Pok & Chai Tow Kway
Los Almendros – Salvadoran Pupusas
Makina Cafe – Ethiopian/Eritrean Cuisine
Mama Food – Squid Skewers
Mas Budi – Indonesian Sate Ayam & Tempeh Goreng
Menya Jiro – Japanese Ramen
Moon Man – Indonesian Kue Pancong
Nansense – Afghan Mantu, Chapli Kebabs & Shor Nakhod
Nomad Dumplings – Tibetan Momos
Sam’s Fried Ice Cream
Sholay! – Indian Tandoori BBQ
Sichuan Ice Jelly
Tada Noodles – Korean Jjajangmyeon
Taste Buds Required – Haitian Diri ak Djon Djon
Treat Yourself Jerk Chicken – Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Twisted Potato – Fried Potato Twists
Twister Cake Bakery – Romanian/Hungarian Kürtőskalács
Warung Jancook – Indonesian Sate, Tahu Pong & Ote Ote
Art by Alex Alba – Art & Photography
Art by Larceria Brown – Paintings
Autumn’s Bake Shop – Gourmet Dog Treats
Colorful New York – Art & Prints
Dvrousa – Dreamcatchers
Feride Sultan – Hair Accessories
Issues Gallery – Superhero Art
Joyeria Angelica Maria
Kat’s Handmade Jewels
Nose Best Candles – Tongue-in-Cheek Candles
Ombrato – Japanese Crafts & Gifts
Queens Thread – Queens-themed Apparel
Really Bad Portraits
Sweet Sincerely – Calligraphy and Stationery
The Cool Table – Vintage Apparel
Theobucket Vintage – Vintage Brooches & Ads
Tragos – Latinx Board Games
Treelights4me – LED Art
Treestar – Small Batch Soap