Bronx Night Market returns
Outdoor food event makes comeback to Fordham Plaza this August
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BRONX TIMES REPORTER,12 JUNE 26-JULY 2, 2020 BTR
BY JENNA BAGCAL
The wait is fi nally over.
After the Bronx Night Market
was put on hold due to
COVID-19, organizers of the popular
outdoor event announced
that it will make its grand return
on Saturday, Aug. 1.
The event will take place at
its usual location in Fordham
Plaza, “every Saturday” from
Aug. 1 until the end of October.
Organizers said that they will
roll out new safety and sanitary
features that will help them
transition to a “safe and gradual
return” including take out-style
food, social distancing measures
and attendee RSVP.
“While the end of the pandemic
is yet unclear, our ongoing
dialogue with city and state
offi cials throughout the past few
months has positioned us, as
NYC phases through the opening
to be able to resume life,
business, and fun soon,” organizers
said in a statement.
Starting in 2017, Bronx Night
Market founders Amanda Celestino
and Marco Shalma concocted
the idea for an event to
showcase the borough’s best
food, beverages and crafts.
Over the past three years,
Celestino and Shalma have curated
a diverse network of local
food vendors, artist and live performers
to delight tens of thousands
of annual attendees.
This year, the Bronx Night
Market will follow health and
safety guidelines set forth by
Governor Andrew Cuomo,
Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Department
of Health and the Department
of Transportation. These
• limiting occupancy to 200,
• spacing vendors 10+ feet apart
• providing limited seating
• adding thermometers, hand
washing and sanitizing stations
• mplementing a new cleaning
regimen, including thorough
cleaning between sessions
• laying down fl oor markers to
outline safe distances
• working on getting a contactless
• running health and safety
mini-seminars for team members
• communicating guidelines
via mailing list and social
• adding checkpoints and surveys
running announcements •
throughout the event
• partnering with a local medical
institute that will have a
• enforcing strict mask wearing
policy and providing disposable
“Despite the changing format
and safety regulations,
we’re coming back stronger
than ever and going all out
Bronx-style!” said the organizers.
Starting on Aug. 1, attendees
will get to taste the local fl avor
and delectable cuisines from
food vendors including madeto
order Colombian empanadas
from Chavas Empanads, tasty
soul food from Cocotasco and
an uptown crab and seafood
boil from Crabman Mike’s.
Other vendors include C Bao,
Downeast Lobstah, El Lechon
De Negron, Fried Lasagna
Mama, Hungarican Hotspot,
L’nox Cafe, La Braza, La’ Maoli,
Mixto Tacos, MozzArepa, Mysttik
Masaala, Osicala NYC, Rellenos,
Revelations Catering, San
Antonio’s Wood Fired Pizza,
Sechebel Catering Co., The BX
Burger Co. and Wah Gwaan.
Patrons can also enjoy sweet
treats from Baked in Color, Chi
Desserts, Cozi Treats, Dre’s Water
Ice and Ice Cream, Island
Love Cake, Jess Pudd’in, Lokal
Artisan Foods, Made From Haven,
Sam’s Fried Ice Cream,
Sweet Obsessions, Sweet Shots
By AJ, Spoonable Spirits and
For more information, visit
bronxnightmarket.com or fi nd
them on Facebook, Twitter and
Photo by Gillian Todd