For those of you who haven’t had the chance to experience the hustle and bustle of the famous night market in Taiwan, you can attend a very similar event right here in Seattle.
The Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) from UW hosted their annual Night Market at the Red Square of University of Washington. This event is a replica of the Taipei Shi Lin Night Market, drawing huge crowds from Seattle and surrounding areas.
A group of 52 Green River students headed up to the Taiwanese Night Market on Saturday, May 10 and had the chance to experience this very event!
Crowds of people at 10:30 p.m.!
The official school event started at 5:30 p.m., and by the time we arrived at UW at 6:00 p.m. the Red square was already brimming with crowds.
This year, there was a greater variety of street food sold. Instead of only having traditional Taiwanese street snacks, there were a couple of food stalls selling other ethnic foods such as Thai food!
Although compared to the actual night market this event was held on a much smaller scale, but the warm atmosphere and delicious food is definitely on par with the real deal!
“It is always fun to try new foods. I was told most of the food was close to what I might find at the Taiwan (Shi Lin) night market”, said Michael Bennett, a domestic student who attended this trip. “I look forward to other such events where I can try different foods from other countries.”
This event is a great way for students to learn more about the Taiwanese culture and Seattle as well! If you are interested in such events, the UW Street Festival that is usually held the week following the Taiwanese Night Market is also a great way for students to immerse themselves into the Seattle’s festival scene.