Night Market Kicks Off on Sunday

The long-awaited launch of the Midtown Night Market in Cambodia Town is set for this Sunday, July 10th, and is scheduled to occur every Sunday until November 20th from 4-8pm at MacArthur Park (1321 E. Anaheim St) in Long Beach.

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Sandy Nou from Cambodia Town, Inc. shared some of the initial vendors with us, so you can know what to expect – here’s the inside scoop!

Cambodian Crawfish, pictured above, will be serving up fusion Cambodian / Cajun food. They’re a favorite at the Cambodian New Year festival every year.

Laura Som of MAYE Center gives LB Fresh a tour.

Laura Som of MAYE Center gives LB Fresh a tour.

The MAYE Center will be making their debut as Long Beach’s newest community farm, which operates as part of a trauma healing center for first-generation Cambodian immigrants. Laura Som directs the program in collaboration with Charlie Moore, the founder of Long Beach Organic. She explained: “The MAYE Center is excited to be on board as a new neighborhood food producer at the night market. Access to organic locally grown food of great interest in Long Beach neighborhoods that have very low access, so if we can grow and sell it ourselves it’s a win-win!”

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Look out for the all new family owned Keo Market (which opened earlier this month up on South St), the tastes of Romeo Chocolates, flowers by Angkorian Designs, the wild styles of Rep Cambodia clothing company and Red Eye Media, Healthy Active Long Beach, and a range of handcrafted arts vendors. Oh, and of course, local BBQ and ice cream!

Romeo Chocolates photo ©2015 Deney Tuazon, all rights reserved

Romeo Chocolates

Throughout the weekly market series, attendees can also expect wellness workshops, fitness classes, live entertainment, and a super fun kid’s space.

The market is also made possible by City Councilman Dee Andrews’ office – which contributed 10K to get it started. In a recent press release, Andrews explained –

“I am so excited to see this farmer’s market opening. It’s is going to be a warm, friendly, and safe environment dedicated to supporting the success of our small local farms, farmers, and local businesses, while making affordable and healthy food accessible to the community and its members. In addition, it will tie the people of the community together through the creation of a friendly environment where everyone can meet, connect, and grow.”

We agree! The ongoing market has great potential to increase good food access and create more community for local residents, and is a great opportunity for neighborhood food producers to accelerate their businesses! With strong community attendance and support from the immediate neighborhood and greater Long Beach residents curious to discover Cambodia Town (yes, that’s you!), the market can become a long-running staple in Long Beach.

Follow the Midtown Night Market in Cambodia Town on Facebook  for regular updates, and submit a vendor inquiry form here if you’re a local community educator, artist, performer, organization, or local food producer interested in participating!

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