Friday night, the next Project Pop Up Night Market and Cultural District Gallery Crawl offer you the chance to nibble some sweet treats and hot drinks indoors and eat some street food at an outdoor "warming station" from which you can watch, and even try your hand at, the icy sport of curling.
Following Night Markets in July and September, Night Market III once again is an event of Project Pop Up, a city program to bring people Downtown by adding some food and goods vendors and other excitement to underused spaces and storefronts.
Because of the season, Night Market III -- from 5:30 to 9 p.m. tomorrow -- will be held indoors, with food and other vendors sharing space with the art installation Symbiotic Collusion at 131 7th St.
Food vendors include:
• Bluebird Kitchen, bringing its classy baked goods plus assorted teas and hot chocolate mixes.
• The Pittsburgh Pie Guy, with slices of apple crumble, key lime, pecan, chocolate pecan and shoofly pie.
• Pretzel Crazy, with chocolate- and caramel-dipped pretzels and marshmallows.
• Zeke's Coffee, by the pound and the cup, plus hot chocolate.
If you want some ice cream with your pie and joe, among the Project Pop Up businesses open for the evening is Dream Cream Ice Cream parlor, introducing "Dream Steam," hot chocolate with a scoop of ice cream.
Also open late at 901 Penn Ave. will be Sinful Sweets, which sells candy and treats (see accompanying story).
Other Night Market vendors are DeadBuryDead (men's and women's tees, accessories and prints), Derek Reese Art, Devorah Naturals skin care products, Erra Creations (reclaimed material and reinvented vintage wares), Jones Robo-Works (robot sculptures from recycled and found objects), SMD Jewelry and Stak Ceramics.
Like the previous two Night Markets, this one coincides with the Gallery Crawl, which once again is bringing in in some food trucks. The Trust's Darcy C. Kucenic says specifically they'll have the BRGR and Dozen trucks at the parking lot at 8th Street & Penn Avenue.
This is where you'll also find Project Pop Up: Outdoor Curling, an ice-free curling court set up in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Curling Club and Yelp Pittsburgh. Yelp is providing a warming station with chairs and tables, and will give attendees who check in on Yelp a pair of gloves and hot chocolate.
The curling depends on the weather, so check in at downtownpittsburgh.com.
A version of this story first appeared on The Forks blog at pgplate.com/forks.
Bob Batz Jr.: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1930 and on Twitter @bobbatzjr. First Published January 24, 2013 5:00 AM