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A guide to Toronto night markets for 2016

Night markets in Toronto are rare, but beautiful and delicious things. They usually appear for one night in a parking lot, or, if we're lucky, for a full weekend. They're often the place to try things you've never put in your mouth before or those unheralded dishes you remember from growing up. Show up with an appetite, some cash and a buddy/date, and make a night of it.

Here are seven Toronto night markets that should be on your radar for 2016.

Midnight MRKT
June 10, 8pm-1am
This is the final event of the season from this more intimate night market group. This one takes place at 2nd Floor Events (461 King St. West) and features DJs, local retailers, food vendors and cocktails. Admission is $5 at the door, and it's cash only inside.

The Stop Night Market
June 14-15, 7pm-11pm
This fundraiser event in support of The Stop Community Food Centre in the barren parking lot at 181 Sterling Road is populated by 70 chefs, 20 local beverage vendors, and 35 one-of-a-kind food carts created by local designers each night. Tickets are on sale now, and online only for $100. Here are the top 40 eats from last year's sold-out night.

TO Food Fest
July 9-10
TO Food Fest starts at noon both of its days, but on July 9 this market is open until midnight. It's happening at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Scarborough (5183 Sheppard Avenue East) and it's free ($2 donation at the entrance if you're so inclined). There will be chefs and vendors all over the place. Here's a look at last year's event.

Night it up
July 15-17, Various times
This one's in Markham (at the Civic Centre), but it's modelled after night markets in Taiwan and Hong Kong, so it's one of the most popular and vibrant of the year. The weekend event will be packed with Asian street foods, food trucks, game booths, merchandise vendors and live performances. Check out highlights from last year's event.

Junction Night Market
July 16, 7pm-11pm
Local food, craft beer, cider and wine are highlights at this west end night spot. This is a most community minded affair (a.k.a. less lineups, more relaxed vibe) and all the proceeds go to help members of our community gain access to fresh and healthy food through local food programs.

T&T Waterfront night market
July 22-24, various hours
Located in the Cherry Street parking lot outside T&T Supermarket, this weekend gathering is not only delicious, but one of the most scenic. The view of the city from the east side waterfront spot in unbeatable. Lifestyle vendors, street food and multi-stage entertainment are planned for this one. Here's a photo gallery of last year's event.

What did I miss? Add your suggestions for Toronto night markets in the comments.

Photo of the 2014 Waterfront Night Market by Jesse Milns.

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