by Mika Belle
Just out of earshot of the Treefort Music Fest, another event took Boise by storm Sunday, March 25.
The monthly Boise Urban Market opened its doors to a frenzy of activity, which quickly left vendors and attendees dumbfounded and dazed.
"Most of the food vendors sold out within an hour and a half," said Adriana White, owner and creator of Begin Vegan. "People seemed very excited; they just jumped in and wanted what we were selling."
BUM is a bi-monthly event hosted at rotating locations by a group of food enthusiasts that offers "homemade products made with loving and thoughtful hands," according to the website. Food items include a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free choices, but the vendors often change, which makes each market unique.
On March 25, co-organizer Jasmine Berier said the group decided to play it cautious and bring less food, because of a possible low turnout related to Treefort.
"We really didn't know how many people were going to show up," she said. "After all the savory items sold out, it became a dessert party."
One vendor even made an emergency order home to restock his signature dumplings. In addition to food, there was art and live music by Hillfolk Noir and guests.
A door charge of $3 helped support the Boise Rescue Mission and City Light Home for Women and Children. Berier said she plans to hold the next market in May and politely asked attendees to grant her grace in the meantime.
"We're going to take what we learn from each market in order to get better every time," she said. "We really appreciate the city's support."
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