Families with small children and elderly alike came and tried all the Bronx-based cultural and ethnic foods at the first annual Bronx Night Market had to offer. The night market, which promotes local Bronx businesses and vendors, provided free entrance to anyone with two feet and a growling stomach.
The first annual Bronx Night Market was held June 30 in Fordham Plaza. In the center of the plaza in the shade of the buildings everyone calmly walked around exploring all the night market had to show.
Young women walked around with small dogs and their drinks from the Bronx brewery and Whole Leaf Tea while they tried to hide from the overpowering sunlight. Small pockets of people danced and laughed as the D.J. played Cardi B and Drake while others sat tapping their toes and snacking on everything from paella to grilled corn or rib in a cup.
While some vendors came to sell other came to supply free samples to advertise their newer and small businesses.
Similar to the Queens Night Market, the Bronx Night Market is going to be held every Saturday night until October, serving food and with live music performances by local bands along with a D.J. who was playing all the newest summer songs.
Organized by both Edible Bronx and Blox and partnered with Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. the Bronx Night Market will run on the last Saturday of every month from 4p.m to 9p.m. until October of this year.
Many of the vendors who attended the event thought that it was a nice opportunity for small businesses to advertise their services and crafts.
“We just recently opened a farmers market here on the plaza,” said Margaret Hoffman, the regional coordinator for the upper Manhattan and Bronx Green Market. “We thought this would be a great opportunity to promote the farmers market and healthy eating because it’s a location where people can actually come back to.”
Local residents said that the night market was a success, and hoped it would become an annual summer event. Barbara Clark, 63, who used to live in Fordham and was returning home, was happy to see the addition of the night market to her hometown.
“I think it will provide economic development. It’s good to bring the community together. It supports small businesses and things like that. I think it’s great.”