THE Night Food Markets are proving as popular as last year with a couple of hundred patrons attending the evenings of culture and food.
South Alive community co-ordinator Nikki Aaron said she expected this Friday to be the same.
“It has been very pleasing to see so many people turn up each time… it’s like holding a giant picnic.
“It has become a regular event for people… with some looking forward to every fortnight to meet up.”
Into its second season, the markets are held fortnightly at the South Alive Community Park, Ness St, 5.30pm-8.30pm, until March 16.
She said there were 8-10 food vendors from various ethnic cuisines including Pacifica, Kiwi, Japanese, Korean and Sri Lankan, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free choices.
“It’s got a great relaxing atmosphere with a variety of food options for everyone.”
Colourful woven mats, bunting and solar lantern lighting add to the carnival atmosphere, as well as live entertainment most evenings.
“It’s a great community space… it is easy to access with plenty of free parking.”
To help reduce waste, this year donated cutlery and crockery had been used by many vendors instead of single-use plates and plastics. Another initiative was asking patrons to bring their own ‘takeaway’ containers if they preferred to take food away from the park, which had worked out well, Ms Aaron said.
“Sometimes people bring their own containers or plates, but it’s not an issue if people turn up without them.”