PHOTOS: El Tianguis Brings Latin Flavor to Burien Town Square

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El TianguisOn Sunday, May 30, Burien’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 area’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. Burien’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 Burien’s Wild Strawberry Festival on June 19-20. Market hours are from 10AM to 4PM.

Photographer Michael Brunk attended the market and put together this slideshow featuring live music by Mariachi Monarcas. Be sure to check your volume before clicking!

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6 Responses to “PHOTOS: El Tianguis Brings Latin Flavor to Burien Town Square”
  1. Coverofnight says:

    Sorry I missed it…… wrapped up in the Indy 500, then it rained.

  2. jan says:

    Nice job. Looked like great fun! Thanks for sharing for all of us who couldn’t make it.

  3. Kathy Keene says:

    This was so much fun. For an opening event, on a grey day, in the middle of a 3 day weekend it was well attended. There were folks lined up to get more info on becoming a vender. The little ones had a blast in the “jumpy/bouncy toys”. The music, as you can hear was lively and good. There was a flower vender, fresh veggies – good in case you’d eaten all the asparagus you bought at the Thursday Market and food… grilled corn, fresh fruit cups, snow cones made from fruit syrup, and of course full meals.. soft tacos, quesadillas, burritos and much more. I look forward to future Sundays as the weather gets nicer and the attendance and venders increase. This looks to be a real draw to the city center on an otherwise quiet Sunday.

  4. Mateo says:

    Thank you to everyone who made this such a special event—the city of Burien is truly at the vanguard of economic and cultural development!

  5. Fausto says:

    I think this is such an amazing idea for us Latinos. We have to get together and really understand the power of the hispanic community. We can help each other just by purchasing from ourselfs. exp.. you buy some agua de tamarindo from a stand at the tianguis. that family mostlikely eats out and mostlikely eats mexican food. The person who bought the agua fresca own a small food place and they eat there.

    If this one hits, there is endless opportunity!

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