Bring on the night

The upcoming Little Mekong Night Market in St. Paul is accepting applications

In Asian cities such as Taipei and Bangkok, residents and visitors alike enjoy sprawling, family-friendly outdoor night markets full of tasty snacks, unique merchandise, and fresh fruit and flowers. Starting in the spring of 2014, the Twin Cities will get its own version of these markets thanks to efforts by the St. Paul–based Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA). The Little Mekong Night Market will feature local restaurants, fresh produce and plants, artisan crafts, and other merchandise, along with arts and entertainment.

Little Mekong is a business and cultural district in St. Paul stretching for five blocks of University Avenue between Mackubin and Galtier streets. It's home to more than 100 small and locally owned businesses offering authentic food, gifts, clothing, and services from the many cultures of Southeast Asia.

The market should get plenty of foot traffic thanks to the upcoming Green Line light-rail corridor, which will launch in the spring and connect the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Residents and visitors disembarking at Western Avenue Station will have Little Mekong at their feet.

Want to set up a booth for your own business in the night market? Or know someone who might? The AEDA will be accepting requests for applications until Dec. 31, 2013. Visit here for more information.  [Update: Applications will now be accepted on a rolling basis.]