Elmwood hosts inaugural night market
One east Winnipeg community group is working to bring an array of locally made goods and cuisine within reach of area residents.
The Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation is spearheading the first Elmwood Night Market on Fri., Aug. 26, from 5 to 10 p.m. in the field at 180 Poplar Ave.
“We want to make Elmwood a shopping destination because we have a lot of interesting local businesses in the area,” said Kendall Pratap, the market’s organizer. “We also want to make markets more accessible to people in Elmwood so they don’t have to go all the way down to the Assiniboia Downs to see all these unique crafts and vendors.”
Some area businesses joining the night market include Bikes and Beyond, The Buzz Hair Biz Etc., Parlous Cosmetology, and JC’s Tacos and More. In all, there will be about 35-plus vendors in tow.
At press time, Pratap confirmed a number of food trucks had signed on to the market, including Extreme Fries, Mini Donuts and More and CBG Food Trucks. The food trucks will be stationed along a closed-down section of Poplar Avenue.
To light the way for guests, Pratap and her team will be stringing lights from canopy to canopy.
“We’re hoping that there’s going to be enough space for people to sit down and watch the performances,” Pratap said, adding that the festival will feature a stage and lineup of community-focused musicians.
So far, the bill includes a rock band, a spoken-word poet, and Jason Schreyer, city councillor for Elmwood.
Admission to the night market is free.
“We’re a non-profit community organization; we’re all about community and making things more accessible to people,” Pratap said.
Apart from spearheading the Elmwood Night Market, Pratap also co-ordinated the Reimagine Elmwood campaign, an initiative powered by the CNRC and a spate of other community groups.
Reimagine Elmwood is an ongoing project that seeks to revitalize the neighbourhood by increasing foot traffic and making the area safer for pedestrians. Past Reimagine Elmwood initiatives have included the Watt St. parklet
One initiative currently underway thanks to Reimagine Elmwood is a bid to transform the vacant parking lot at 243 Henderson Hwy. into a usable public space dubbed a ‘community corner.’ Another project involved beautifying the feeder route with an implied archway, similar to those in Transcona and the Corydon neighbourhoods.
For more information, visit www.chalmersrenewal.org
Katlyn Streilein was a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review.