From the producers that brought you the Uptown, Brooklyn, and Bronx Night Market, MHG Events now presents: New York City’s first-ever Vegan Night Market at Central Park’s Wollman Rink. Every Tuesday evening from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting on June 6 until Oct. 10, dozens of vegan businesses and vendors will entice foodies with rotating food, drinks, and product tastings.
The Vegan Night Market is free to attend, with prices ranging from $5 to $15 for food and drink items. Most of the vendors are New York-based businesses and are chosen based on the menu options, business practices, and the food itself —which is sans meat and animal products. The vast vegan food offerings reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of New York City. There’s Caribbean, Colombian, Chinese, Mexican, American, and woman-owned options vegan food lovers and scene newbies can try out.
Some of this year’s vendors include: The GingerShot Man, Mao’s Bao, Secret Vegan Kitchen, Pinche Vegana NYC, Lillie Handmade Aromatherapy Products, Healthy As A Motha, The Waffle Chic, Nadas Colombian Rainbow Empanadas, Cuzins Duzin, and Sip & Savor BX.
Around 70% of the vendors are owned by people of color and 50% are women-owned businesses, according to Beatriz Torres Martinez, spokesperson for MHG.
One of the vendors, Nadas Colombia Rainbow Empanadas, told amNewYork Metro that it will be selling three different kinds of empanadas: Black Bean and Sweet Pepper, Vegan Chorizo and Sweet Potato, and Vegan Beef and Plantain.
“We’re excited to be part of a market like this because we get to share our Colombian style empanadas with and for people who have been looking for the best flavor available,” said Carlos Santos, founder of Nadas. “Our desire has always been to make vegan options that aren’t good solely on being vegan, but their flavor profile is better than other empanadas, period.”
Another vendor, Sip & Savor, expressed excitement over sharing their non-alcoholic drink brand influenced by Anguillan, Antiguan, and Aruban cultures.
Some of their drinks include a twist on classic lemonade, a ginger beverage, and a watermelon “coolah.”
“We created Sip & Savor, an island-inspired family-friendly beverage company, in honor of my Grams who passed away,” said co-founder Siobhan Francis, who is a vegan herself. “We had the whole family in mind as we developed our drinks.”
Marco Shalma, the founder of MHG Events, said in a statement that the hospitality group hopes more people will experiment incorporating plant-based options into their diets and venture into the growing vegan movement.
Find out more about the Vegan Night Market on the website: https://www.maschospitalitygroup.com/vegannightmarket.