PHOTOS: El Tianguis Brings Latin Flavor to Burien Town Square
On Sunday, May 30, Burienâ€™s Town Square Park was bustling with visitors and ringing with the sounds of live mariachi music. The occasion was the inauguration of El Tianguis, the areaâ€™s first Latino-themed street market.
The tradition of the tianguis, or open air market, dates back in history to the Aztecs and focused on typical household goods as well as food and special treats. Burienâ€™s version encompasses the traditional and adds modern touches such as electronics and an inflatable play area for the kids.
The threat of bad weather leading into the weekend kept some vendors away for opening day. Those that participated appeared to be doing thriving business as the day wore on and curious residents wandered by to check out the excitement.
Local shoppers familiar with the Farmers Market held on Thursdays will want to give El Tianguis a try. Indications are that while some vendors may overlap both markets, there will be distinctive differences between the two making them complimentary rather than competition.
El Tianguis will be held the next two Sundays, June 6 and June 13, before taking a break to make way for Burienâ€™s Wild Strawberry Festival on June 19-20. Market hours are from 10AM to 4PM.