Experience Cultural Diversity at the Atlanta International Night Market

Experience Cultural Diversity at the Atlanta International Night Market

The first weekend in November found me immersed in the culture of 70 countries, all without leaving Atlanta. How is this possible? I attended the Atlanta International Night Market of course. With food and drink choices from all across the globe along with fantastically authentic entertainment and a wide variety of artisan and retail goods, this international market was a feast for all the senses.

The event was well planned. I arrived Friday evening at Northlake Mall, home to the Atlanta International Night Market, and found plenty of available parking. The entrance gate was well staffed making the check-in or ticket purchasing process quick and easy and the event organizers divided up the venue into villages for ease of navigation. There were the Retail, Artisan, Food, and Kids Villages, and the Food Truck Alley among others. There was also a VIP section which was attached to the Sunshine Alchemy Conscious Cocktails tent and boasted a perfect view of the Main Stage.

 

There was so much to choose from at this event it was hard to decide what to do first. I opted to watch a performance of the talented women of the Atlanta Korean Cultural Center as they glided and swirled in colorful costumes to beautiful music. From here I moved on to the cocktail tent and tried one of the specialty cocktails Sunshine Alchemy offered – Wicked Pumpkin. This was a frozen concoction made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and pumpkin pie mix. It was strong but good without being overbearing.

After taking a brief respite with my cocktail, I decided to wade into the plethora of food choices. I took a walk through all the tents and food trucks, finally settling on dim sum from Happy Valley. The lovely ladies made a plate for me with one each of their tasty treats. I had a pork dumpling which was melt-in-your-mouth delicious

and a fried shrimp on a stick served with a spicy sweet sauce that was very tasty. I also had a barbeque pork bun that was sticky and sweet and savory all rolled into one ball of yum. Next was a chicken foot that was fried to perfection and served with a dipping sauce of its own. Yes, it was a lot of work, but it was worth it. I ended my dim sum with a red bean paste bun rolled in coconut. The perfect little dessert to my meal.

 

After I had my fill, I went in search of a cool refreshment to enjoy while walking through the Retail and Artisan villages. I found a tent serving bubble tea and opted for a mango juice with lychee jelly.

The Retail and Artisan Villages had a mix of mass-produced items as well as one-of-a-kind items for sale. There were Asian inspired pieces, African clothing, and light-up toys for the kids. I also saw original paintings and sculptures as well as a few service providers – massage anyone?

I had such a great time at the Atlanta International Night Market. I will definitely be returning next year. Stay up to date on future events at their website.

Read my full review here!

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Colleen is a food and beverage digital marketing consultant with a passion for helping independent bars and restaurants connect with their guests by helping them provide fun, unique, and unforgettable experiences. As a CulinaryLocal Ambassador, Colleen brings to life her appreciation of the local cocktail and foodie in the Metro Atlanta area


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