Night mar­ket at Claude­lands

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A new in­ter­na­tional night mar­ket is com­ing to Hamil­ton with a va­ri­ety of cul­tures on show at the Claude­lands event cen­tre.

The in­au­gu­ral in­ter­na­tional night mar­ket will be on Fri­day May 11 from 5pm to 10pm.

The new mar­ket is be­ing run by Colom­bian Liliana Avila who is the owner of food and drinks com­pany Sa­bor Latino, and her busi­ness part­ner Ho­ra­cio Erausquin who is an in­ter­na­tional chef from Ar­gentina.

Ms Avila, said the aim is put on a show that will rep­re­sent many cul­tures from around the world.

“We want to have dif­fer­ent cul­tures rang­ing from Ital­ian to Ja­panese all come to­gether in Hamil­ton,” Ms Avila said.

She says the In­ter­na­tional Night Mar­ket of Claude­lands will be a large, fam­ily-friendly, en­closed and open-air night mar­ket fea­tur­ing more than 45 in­de­pen­dent ven­dors sell­ing a mix­ture of art, food, and non-al­co­holic drinks.

Ms Avila said she did not want the mar­ket to be specif­i­cally about food, and has ad­ver­tised for per­form­ers and artists to come and join the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The aim is to fea­ture mu­sic and cul­tural per­for­mances on mul­ti­ple stages.

“Tra­di­tional food mar­kets are pop­u­lar through­out Asia, Europe and Latin Amer­ica,” she said.

“The Night Mar­ket is a so­cial event where food, re­tail, and com­mu­nity ven­dors come to­gether in one lo­ca­tion to of­fer lo­cal street fresh foods, arts and crafts, and other cul­tur­al­lyrel­e­vant fare, she said. Ini­tially, more than 12 na­tion­al­i­ties will be rep­re­sented to “to nour­ish and de­light the mind and soul while cel­e­brat­ing di­ver­sity and com­mu­nity”, she said.

There will also be ac­tiv­i­ties for kids, mu­si­cal and cul­tural per­for­mances, raf­fles and con­tests.

“This is def­i­nitely a long-term project, we want this to be­come a twice a week event run­ning on Fri­day and Sun­day nights.

For now, the mar­ket will run weekly ev­ery Fri­day night.

En­try is free with ac­cess through Gate 3 in Brook­lyn Road.

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