SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — For the second time in its history, the Whittier neighborhood held its night market. Tanet Esquivel never expected her Indian tacos to sell so quickly.
“I think it’s amazing. I didn’t expect so many people to show up so quickly. It was really quick and there were so many people, it was awesome,” said Esquivel, who worked as a vendor at a night market for the first time.
The market gives her an opportunity to share her culture with the community.
“We’re all Native and it’s part of our culture and we love eating tacos, so a lot of our friends and family asked for Indian tacos, so we decided to make Indian tacos. ” Esquivel said.
Deb Dezee is also a first-time night market vendor who came to share her art.
“I have cards, I have journals, I have the sweet wrapping paper that comes with Hershey candy, I have a lot for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Dessee said.
Her favorite part is meeting new neighbors.
“Get out into the community and show me the fun stuff I have. I love meeting and talking,” Dessee said.
Jordan Deffenbaugh first energized the market last month.
“So it’s like entrepreneurs at different levels. And I think when we do events like this, we start to explore who we really are as a community,” said Community Revita. said Jordan Deffenbaugh, Community Liaison for Rization Collective.
He says there are limits to future events like this.
“How can we get this into the cycle, especially next year? “It’s become a ritual for us,” Deffenbaugh said.
Deffenbaugh said bringing people together to share food and talk is what makes nights like this so special.
next week, Regional revitalization organization The 2nd Harvest Festival will be held.