Dresden’s summer night market returns

Dresden is bringing back its summer night market and organizers say it will be “bigger and better than ever”.

The popular event returns on July 23 and will feature local vendors, food trucks, live music, a pop-up bar, and downtown businesses and restaurants that will stay open late.

“We’ve added new artists this year and are thrilled to see them interact with the crowd,” said co-host Tyler Ouellette. “The BIA is also transforming a section of Saint-Georges Street to showcase downtown businesses. Artists have painted picnic tables to add a splash of color to rest areas.

The event will take place downtown from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will extend to Jackson Park. Merchants and community groups will have their booths on Main Street and Brown Street.

“There will be about a dozen community groups and nonprofits joining us this year,” said co-organizer Morena McDonald. “We want to recognize the great work they do in Chatham-Kent, but we also want to help guests and residents find opportunities to become more involved in the community through volunteering.

Another novelty is the zero waste approach.

“A lot of waste is generated at events, and we hope to reduce waste as much as possible,” Ouellette said. “We’ll give each pop-up bar guest a reusable cup to use at the Night Market, and they can bring it back to our future events.”

Residents are also encouraged to bring their own reusable utensils to reduce food packaging waste.

“We also encourage food vendors to ask customers if they need any of these items before ordering,” Ouellette said. “They will still have plastic utensils and straws if needed, and food will still be served in single-use containers.”

The market was started in 2017 by a small group of friends and takes place during the festive period and in the summer.

It is made possible thanks to the municipal grant Together CK.

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