Want to eat your way through Foodieland Night Market? Here’s everything you need to know.
Swirly potatoes, giant baby bottles, cheese wheels, and ice cream-filled J-shaped cones are just a few of the food items floating around the Foodieland Night Market. But with a limited amount of time and limited space in yours stomach, what will you fill up on? We shared our favorites below.
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Last Updated: July 6, 2023
What is Foodieland Night Market
Get ready to loosen your belt because Foodieland Night Market is the ultimate destination for those who love trying new foods. This annual, multi-city food festival features over 100 food vendors with a mouth-watering array of local and international dishes. We listed our favorites with photos below.
Enjoy the good vibes at Foodieland Night Market with colorful lights and live music.
Where is Foodieland Night Market
Foodieland Night Market has events throughout the year in California and Nevada. Below are the locations and 2023 dates. Hours for each event are Friday 3-10 PM, Saturday 1-10 PM, Sunday 1-10 PM.
Berkeley, California, at the Golden Gate Fields
August 4-6 // August 11-13 // October 6-8
1100 Eastshore Hwy, Berkeley, CA 94710 (map)
Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Returning in 2024
7000 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89115 (map)
Los Angeles, California, at the Rose Bowl Stadium
Returning in 2024
1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103 (map)
Sacramento, California, at the Cal Expo
September 1-3 // September 29 – October 1
1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815 (map)
San Diego, California, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014 (map)
San Jose, California, at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111 (map)
San Mateo, California, at the San Mateo County Event Center
Returning in 2024
1346 Saratoga Dr, San Mateo, CA 94403 (map)
Upcoming Foodieland Night Market Dates
- Berkeley, California, at the Golden Gate Fields – August 4-6, 2023
- Berkeley, California, at the Golden Gate Fields – August 11-13, 2023
- Sacramento, California, at the Cal Expo – September 1-3, 2023
- San Jose, California, at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds – September 8-10, 2023
- San Diego, California, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds – Sep 22-24, 2023
- Sacramento, California, at the Cal Expo – Sep 29 – October 1, 2023
- Berkeley, California, at the Golden Gate Fields – October 6-8, 2023
Foodieland Ticket Prices, Parking, and Line Up
Foodieland Night Market tickets cost between $3-$7 depending on the location and MUST BE purchased online. The ticket includes entry to the event. Once you arrive, you pay for food at each vendor separately.
Each location will also have varying lineups.
San Jose, California, at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
Tickets: $5-7 (buy tickets here)
Parking: $15 (charged at the venue)
Line Up: TBA
5 Best Things to Eat & Drink at Foodieland Night Market
We went to the Las Vegas Foodieland Night Market with a group of four and tried nine different dishes over 2.5 hours (check out the reel here). Keep in mind not all vendors are at each location.
1. Honey Cone, Hawaiian Honey Cones
These tasty J-shaped cones are filled with soft-serve ice cream and are perfect when it’s warm out.
2. Spiral potato on a stick
This was at the top of our list when we got to Foodieland Night Market. What’s not to love about fried potatoes? We stopped at the first spot we saw, and ours was slightly over-fried, but it depends on who’s making them. We later realized several other vendors sold the swirly potatoes, too, so take a lap first.
3. Dumpling Sampler, The Drunken Dumpling
The dumpling sampler included different types of dumplings and came in a cute bamboo basket that we took home.
4. Black Truffle Pasta, Cheese Wheel Pasta
I’ve always wanted to try cheese wheel pasta, where they mix the pasta in a giant melty cheese wheel. They have a few different options, but we chose the Black Truffle Pasta. They pre-mix the cheese into the pasta, and the cheese wheel part looked like it was just for show, but it was still delicious.
5. Agua Fresca, Miche Fresca King
Miche Fresca King’s agua frescas were perfect after snacking all day. I got the Strawberry, and Jacob got Mango. They were bigger than I thought, so we could have easily shared one.
BONUS: Spicy Salmon Bomb, Antidote
We’ve been wanting to try these from a local Las Vegas food truck so we were excited to see them at the Foodieland Night Market. They were pricey but our favorite savory food. If they aren’t at the location you visit, check them out when you visit Las Vegas.
Essential Tips for Foodieland Night Market
- Buy tickets online – they do not sell tickets at the door at their events. Save money by getting early bird tickets.
- Arrive early to avoid the long lines. We went right when they opened Saturday. Lines got exponentially longer within the 2-3 hours we were there.
- Wear comfortable shoes since you’ll be standing a lot. There are some tables and chairs, but we found ourselves standing or Asian squatting most of the time.
- Check the event directory and list spots you want to try. Lines are long, so you want to optimize your time.
- Bring cash if you don’t want to limit your options. All the spots we went to took credit cards, but it’s better to be safe.
- Be ready to spend. Most of the dishes pricier than we expected, between $15-30.
- Bring Friends and Come hungry because the portions are big, not bite-sized. We went with a group of four to share dishes and try more food.
- Divide and conquer if you are there with friends. Then find a meeting spot to bring the food together and share. Otherwise, you’ll be spending a lot of time in lines.
- Check the weather and dress appropriately. Layer up if you go later in the day.
- Backpacks are not allowed. Handbags, diaper bags, and strollers are permitted. A lunchbox purse would have been perfect for any leftover food.
- Apply sunblock and wear a hat if you are attending during the day. There’s not much shade.
- If the line is short, then get the food right away. We made the mistake of saying, “We’ll come back later.” When we did, the line was so long that we didn’t get to try some of the food we wanted.
Where to Stay
If you happen to be visiting, or want to stay closer to the venue, click on the locations below to search for hotel and rental deals in the area.
- Berkeley, California at the Golden Gate Fields – Search Hotel Deals
- Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Search Hotel Deals
- Los Angeles, California at the Rose Bowl Stadium – Nearby Hotel Deals
- Sacramento, California at the Cal Expo – Hotel Deals in the Area
- San Diego, California at the Del Mar Fairgrounds – Search Nearby Hotel Deals
- San Jose, California at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds – Hotel Deals Nearby
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the largest night market in USA?
The largest night market in the USA is the 626 Night Market, which is located in Arcadia, California. The 626 Night Market is a popular summer night market that takes place in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley, known for its diverse Asian-American community. It features a sprawling, vibrant atmosphere with hundreds of food, merchandise, and entertainment vendors catering to a diverse range of tastes and interests.
What is the meaning of night market?
A night market typically refers to an outdoor market that operates during the evening and into the late night hours. It is a popular cultural phenomenon in many countries and regions around the world, where vendors set up stalls or booths along streets, plazas, or designated areas, and sell a variety of goods, particularly food, snacks, and beverages. Night markets are known for their vibrant atmosphere, bustling crowds, and unique offerings.
What is the best night market in the world?
It’s hard to nail down the best one, but here are a few that are worth checking out.
- Shilin Night Market (Taipei, Taiwan) – One of the most famous night markets in Taipei, known for its diverse street food options, bustling crowds, and lively atmosphere.
- Marrakech Night Market (Marrakech, Morocco) – The Jardin Jnan Sbil and Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech come alive at night with local vendors selling delicious Moroccan street food, traditional crafts, and live music performances.
- Temple Street Night Market (Hong Kong, China) – A vibrant and iconic night market in Hong Kong known for its bustling streets, street food, fortune tellers, and affordable clothing and electronics.
- Myeongdong Night Market (Seoul, South Korea) – A popular night market in Seoul, known for its trendy fashion, beauty products, and a wide range of Korean street food.
- Mercado San Miguel (Madrid, Spain) – Although not a traditional night market, this historic covered market in Madrid comes alive at night with tapas bars, serving up delicious Spanish cuisine and drinks.
Is foodieland worth checking out?
It’s overpriced, and we usually expect more gimmicky foods over the best foods from each spot. But it’s worth checking out once if you want to go for the atmosphere and try many new foods you’ve never tried before. Jacob and I probably wouldn’t go by ourselves, but it’s not bad with a group of friends and getting to share a bunch of dishes.
Are you looking for a culinary adventure? Do you love trying out new dishes? What foods do you want to try most at Foodieland Night Market?
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