The Night Market in Berryessa
A new Asian open-air market featuring San Jose brands
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by Amulya Datla on Jul 18, 2012
COUNTER CULTURE: The Night Market opens Saturday.
The Night Market is a new Asian open-air market featuring San Jose brands set to debut with a grand opening on July 21 in Berryessa across from the San Jose Flea Market. The Night Market is a collaboration between Moveable Feast and San Jose Made.
Moveable Feast and San Jose Made have created the event specifically for food trucks that meet at certain locations at certain times to deliver a variety of street food for customers.
Ryan Sebastian, owner of Treatbot and Moveable Feast, has a passion for open markets that attract families. He started Treatbot, a karaoke ice cream truck, in 2010, followed by the opening of Moveable Feast in 2011.
This isn’t the first time Sebastian has teamed up with the staff of San Jose Made, a vendor fair where San Jose-based brands display their work. They worked together to create the outdoor food truck market SJ Eats. “We found that working together has been the perfect match for us,” Sebastian says.
For the Night Market, Sebastian was inspired by the open-air night markets found in Asian countries, specifically the ones located in Taiwan. He envisioned opening the same type of late-night market experience for the Bay Area. The Berryessa location is currently confirmed for most of this year’s season for the Night Market, starting from opening day and running Saturdays until Sept. 29. About 40-50 cultural or nonfood vendors will be at the Night Market, along with 15-20 Asian-themed trucks. No names have been revealed yet.
The Night Market is expecting about 4,000 to 5,000 attendees. Sebastian chose the Berryessa location over opening in downtown San Jose in order to accommodate what he thinks will be a very large crowd. More information about the Night Market is available at www.nightmrkt.com.