Surrey is launching a weekend night market this summer in a bid to replicate the success of the popular Richmond night market (pictured).
Surrey plans to launch a night market this summer, in a move that could save Fraser Valley residents the trip to Richmond’s popular attraction.
The new Surrey Night Market is the work of a group of five Surrey organizers who felt the city was lacking a vibrant, family-friendly open-air shopping attraction.
“We had been going to the Richmond market and thought we needed to have an event in Surrey as well where families could feel safe and secure and have a night out,” said Satbir Cheema, a Panorama Ridge resident who is working on the event.
Cheema said the market was looking for about 100 vendors to start, 60-70 of them food vendors, the rest retail. The market will feature a stage hosting multicultural performances. The menu — everything from pakoras to poutine — should be a draw, as organizers plan to offer global cuisines spanning Chinese, Indian, Caribbean, African and Mexican menus.
Organizers are hoping for at least 5,000 visitors a night in the Surrey market’s first year.
The Surrey event may take time to see the same crowds as Richmond, which has had more than a dozen years to build its audience to about 10,000 visitors each night.
Richmond Night Market features more than 90 food vendors and 200 retail vendors. The Richmond market, now in its 14th year, runs Friday to Sunday and holidays from May 16th to October 13 on River Road near Bridgeport SkyTrain Station.
The Surrey Night Market is set to launch on the Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds at 6050 176 St. on July 4. It will run Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. until August 30th. General admission should be about $2, with free admission for children and older seniors. Parking is free.