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Go East: 626 Night Market expanding to two days, moving to Arcadia

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Leo Wu and his friends use a traditional recipe from Beijing for their lamb kebabs.

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Thousands walk through Old Pasadena to taste dishes from all over Asia at the 626 Night Market.

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The Kebab Brothers prepare lamb kebabs with cumin and charcoal.

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Sponsored by Yelp, the 626 Night Market showcases local businesses and helps entrepreneurs gain exposure.

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Hong Kong Kitchen sells braised pork to customers at the 626 Night Market.

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A large crowd squeezed onto N Oakland Ave in Old Pasadena for the night market.

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A father and his son take a break from the overcrowded market.

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A business owner makes pancakes at the 626 Night Market on April 15th, 2012.


The wildly popular 626 Night Market is leaving Pasadena and heading to the far more spacious infield at Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. The free event that attracted approximately 40,000 people in July is expanding to encompass two nights in late October.

The first 626 Night Market in April was a bigger success than expected as more than 20,000 attendees packed a city block near Pasadena City Hall standing in long lines in hopes of doing some shopping and tasting hard-to-find Asian food. 

Many were so upset they took to social media to complain.

"We had a lot of negative comments and that hurt us a lot," Aileen Xu, spokeswoman for the 626 Night Market told KPCC earlier this summer. "You can almost say we were too successful that we failed."

The second Night Market was a much smoother affair as organizers added many more retailers and food vendors and worked out a larger space.

Although the next incarnation of the Night Market won't be as convenient for some who enjoyed riding the Gold Line, there are 10,000 parking spaces for those who drive.

"The 626 Night Market team realizes we're a perfect venue for them and we are honored to be in a position to welcome and accommodate them," Santa Anita CEO Mark Verge said in a statement. "This is a great opportunity for all of us and we are going to do everything we need to do to ensure that those who come here will have a great experience."

Jonny Hwang, an organizer of the event said the Market "is currently accepting vendor applications and is proud to be a community platform for many first-time local entrepreneurs who are pursuing their dream of running a business.” 

 

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