SAN MATEO – The San Mateo County Event Center & Fair will host FoodieLand Night Market this September. The market is a three-day, foodie inspired, multi – cultural food and entertainment event that includes over 150 vendors, a variety of amazing foods, games, and entertainment for the entire family.
FoodieLand is an outdoor festival for everyone. A must attend for foodies everywhere this exclusive festival, at the San Mateo Event Center, is inspired by the night markets of Asia. Its mission is to bring friends and family together for late night sounds, tastes, and scents where everyone can experience a street festival this September. At FoodieLand you can enjoy authentic multicultural street foods, and many enticing desserts and beverages to satisfy all your summer cravings. Along with the variety of food options, FoodieLand patrons can also expect a variety of carnival games and the option to take in live performances by the area’s favorite artists and DJ’s. The festival will also include a multitude of talented local artisans and businesses where patrons can explore dozens of local small business booths that include jewelry, clothing, artistic paintings, candles, home decor, and more.
“We are delighted to be hosting the FoodieLand Night Market Festival” said Dana Stoehr, CEO of the San Mateo County Event Center & Fair. “We cannot wait to bring fabulous food and culture to the citizens of San Mateo in the heart of the Bay Area. We look forward to the event and supporting the vendors, artists, and patrons who are participating.”
The festival will begin on Friday September 23rd and run through Sunday September 25th. On the festivals opening day, the event will be open from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm while on the Saturday and Sunday dates, the festival will be open from 1:00pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets need to be purchased beforehand through Eventbrite for $7.00 and will not be sold at the door. Don’t miss the early bird special rate ($5) available for the opening day only. Children under 5 years old will be granted free admission. While the event is open to the entire family, furry friends/pets will not be permitted to enter due to venue policy, however, service animals will be allowed with the proper documentation.
As for parking, the San Mateo Event Center will be charging $15.00 dollars per vehicle and ADA/Handicapped designated parking will be available in the main parking lot located at 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. This highly popular event is expected to draw thousands of fans both locally and from around the Bay Area. Traffic around the Event Center may be congested as people come and go during the event. Conveniently located within walking distance from the San Mateo Event Center, the Hilldale (1min walk), and Hayward Park (15 min walk) CalTrain
Stations are the best way to avoid traffic to attend FoodieLand Night Market. Both stations also have over 200+ parking spaces each at $5.50/day if you decide to drive.
The following items are not permitted to enter the event center: roller blades, skateboards, weapons of any kind, mace/pepper spray, smoking (including vaping), illegal drugs.
To maximize your time at FoodieLand Night Market, the event recommends; skipping the line by buying tickets early & arriving before 5pm, rideshare to avoid finding parking in a limited space (FoodieLand has parted with Lyft for a direct pick up and drop off area near the event entrance), browse the event directory beforehand, wear comfortable clothing and be prepared for the days weather, and bring cash for vendors who do not accept card or online payment (ATM’s will also be available on site). The final and most important tip for this event, is to divide and conquer! Come
with your friend group and split up to get all the best items to share at the seating areas near the stage.
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ABOUT THE SAN MATEO EVENT CENTER
During COVID, the San Mateo Event Center was unable to host most events but instead played a vital role in protecting our health care workers and most vulnerable populations by serving as a COVID-19 testing site, operations hub, and supply center, 250-bed temporary overflow hospital, and vaccine distribution center for the San Francisco Bay Area. To date, the Event Center has
administered 250,000 COVID-19 tests and vaccinated more than 90,000 individuals.
ABOUT THE SAN MATEO COUNTY FAIR
The award-winning San Mateo County Fair is the Peninsula’s premier community event for family fun and entertainment. The San Mateo County Fair strives to provide a diverse experience through education, inspiration, and entertainment. The annual Fair represents a celebration of our community’s talent, interests, innovations, and rich agricultural and artistic heritage.