Nearing the premises, a number of colourful festival rides for kids came into view, along with a few lights from the vendor section. The weather had been relatively gloomy throughout the entire day, with on-and-off periods of light showers, which, thankfully, resulted in a smaller turnout for the first day. This also meant a larger number of closer parking spaces.
I found most of the food items to be exceptionally overpriced: $8 for a flavourless oyster pancake and $6 for a stiffly packed hemisphere of rice topped with morsels of chopped sour mango were not exactly my idea of a good deal. The only exception was bubble tea, where large-sized drinks were being sold at the reasonable price of $4 (without charging tax, of course).
We spent a good chunk of our time solely in the food section, since the concert area didn't quite appeal to us, and neither did the lack of vendors. In a little over an hour and a half, I was done with the event.
I know I can't possibly compare MWF to the Richmond Night Market, which according to photos, seems to be getting better and better with each passing year, but it would be nice if there had at least been an actual bathroom on site instead of nasty, foul-smelling portable washrooms. Those belong closer to a construction site in the middle of nowhere than at a heavily-populated family-friendly event.
There is still much room for improvement, and I hope the Mississauga Waterfront Festival expands to become a more profitable event than simply having a few pop-ups in a dimly-lit park for a weekend.