The humid air, pink sunset and sound of children’s laughter created the illusion of a warm summer night for the opening night of the second season of The People’s Nite Market on Tuesday.
“I didn’t expect this many people, but because it’s spring break it’s really going well,” said Jovanna Lopez, co-founder of The People’s Nite Market.
This year, the market moved a block over to the La Villita Historic Arts Village, providing more space and opportunities for a larger number of vendors.
“The international food concept is something we are really excited and proud of because a lot of this stuff you can’t get downtown,” said Lopez. “You have to drive out to Wurzbach or Austin Highway, so a lot of these guys we brought here to the center of the city. This is the only place you can get Ethiopian food in downtown San Antonio. “
Berbere Ethiopian Cuisine served traditional meat-and veggie-filled plates with injera.
Cherinet Girma, owner of Berbere Ethiopian Cuisine, also operates mostly outside of the downtown area, however he just purchased a food truck and hopes to gain more of the downtown customers.
Mashail Abdalaal, a Saudi/Moroccan food vendor, was also in attendence and served traditional South East Asian food her mother had prepared.
“This was our first time serving food in downtown San Antonio,” said Abdalaal.
The large attendance for opening night was a good sign for the rest of the season. The People’s Nite Market will be held at La Villita Historic Arts Village on select Tuesdays, between 6 to 10 p.m. Click here to follow the People’s Nite Market on Facebook.
“We’re really excited about this years market. This space is a good fit and this is a really good turnout,” said co-founder Valeria Hernandez.
Top Image: Co-founder of People’s Nite Market Valeria Hernandez dances with urban farmer Mitch Hagney. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone