A monthly community market celebrating the food, arts and culture of New Brunswick and its diverse Latino community

Upcoming Events

Oct 24
Mercado Esperanza
11:00 am - 4:00 pmDetails
Oct 31
Mercado Esperanza
11:00 am - 4:00 pmDetails

2 months ago

Mercado Esperanza

¡Visítanos aquí en el parquecito de la French de 2 a 5pm para nuestro Mercado navideño y la iluminación del árbol a las 4:45!
Visit us at the park on French and Handy today between 2 and 5pm for our Christmas Mercado and holiday tree lighting at 4:45!
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2 months ago

Mercado Esperanza

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¿Qué se te antoja hoy? ¿Tacos? ¿Esquites? Chocomil? ¿Algo caliente como ponche o champurrado? Nuestros vendedores Mozzarella Cucina Italiana, Sara Vidal, Angelica Osorio, Ricarda De Oaxaca, Yadira Garcia lo tienen todo HOY domingo de 2 a 5 pm en el parquecito de la French.

Have a hankering for some Mexican specialties? Tacos? Mexican street corn? Mexican milkshakes or hot chocolate? Our vendors will have it all TODAY (Sunday) from 2-5pm at War Memorial Park on French Street.
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2 months ago

Mercado Esperanza

¡No te pierdas el mercado mañana/ el domingo de 2 a 5pm, el último del año! ¡Volveremos a disfrutar de la música y el baile del grupo afro-puertorriqueño Cimarrones, de 3:45-4:30! En el parquecito de la French.

Don't miss the last Mercado of the year tomorrow/Sunday, from 2 to 5pm! Once again we'll enjoy the music and dance of the Afro-Puerto Rican group Cimarrones, from 3:45-4:30pm. In War Memorial Park on French Street.

coLAB Arts New Brunswick Tomorrow
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2 months ago

Mercado Esperanza

¡Estamos felices de anunciar que Rigo Cruz el único de Michoacan y Xavi estarán con nosotros de nuevo este domingo en el mercado navideño para cantar y compartir sus temas favoritos, de 2 a 3pm!

We're happy to announce that Rigo Cruz el único de Michoacan y Xavi will be with us again at this Sunday's holiday Mercado, singing your favorite Mexican standards, from 2 to 3pm!
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Visit Mercado Esperanza

The Mercado Esperanza is a showcase for local New Brunswick vendors and a fun family event in the style of a Latin American plaza. Come visit us to taste, see, and hear New Brunswick’s diverse Latino culture!

Our market events at War Memorial Park feature local food and craft vendors, entertainers, musicians, artists, and more! The Mercado is a place of community and has something for everyone. The Mercado runs monthly from spring to fall on Sunday afternoons (see upcoming events for more details). There is street parking available near War Memorial Park at French Street & Handy Street.

Know that when you shop at a Mercado event, your purchases directly support local micro-enterprises, with 100% of the profits going to our vendors.

Whether you are visiting our community for the first time or have been a longtime resident, we look forward to welcoming you at the Mercado Esperanza!

Our Vendors

Do you want to vend at our next Mercado?

The Mercado Esperanza supports local, emerging entrepreneurs who want to generate income as they share their talents and products with the community. Our main sales opportunity is our Mercado Esperanza Market, but regular vendors may also have access to additional sales opportunities throughout the year.

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Jhoana Mancilla & Manuel Sabas

Meet Jhoana Mancilla and Manuel Sabas. They have participated in the Mercado since June 2018. From the beginning, they started selling Tacos Placeros because they wanted to bring that tradition from their hometown of Puebla. Similar to a regular taco, the Tacos Placeros are made from handmade tortillas, with choice of meat, beef, pork, chicken, [...]

Olga & Teresa Fernandez

Teresa and Olga Fernández, known as the Fernandez Sisters began to participate in the Mercado in May 2018. Since then, they have worked together sharing with us their delicious quesadillas and fresh waters, and very recently tortas (Mexican sandwiches). Mercado after Mercado we always notice the work and effort of the Fernandez sisters and we [...]

Maria Bravo

Meet Maria Bravo with her brand "Maria and the Three Princesses." The name of her brand represents Maria’s three daughters who come to support her at every Mercado. She comments, “As a mother, it makes me proud to have my daughters near me when I am participating in the Mercado. I can give my daughters [...]

Lisandra Cruz

Lisandra Cruz, also known as Chef Cruz, established her brand "Sabor Taíno” in July 2018, indicating a mixture of the authentic flavor of the Taínos of Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The name came out of a desire to preserve the combination of cultures and the inclusion of Creole dishes alongside more modern food. With that [...]

Angelica Osorio

"My greatest satisfaction is providing good customer service." Angelica Osorio has participated in the Mercado since April 2019. She prepares chocomiles, a well known snack among the Mercado community and in fairs throughout Mexico. With the help of her grandmother and father, 11-year-old Angelica, began selling chocomiles at festivals in Mexico in reformed Putla, Oaxaca [...]

Sara Vidal

Meet Sara Vidal or better known as "the queen of the elotes." Since the launch of the Mercado, Sara began by selling elotes. As a result, people came to expect them and often asked for them, later also craving esquites. Due to their popularity, Sara decided to continue selling her elotes and esquites at the [...]

Saul & Anel Jauregui

Meet Saul & Anel Jauregui. They have participated in the Mercado since the beginning of 2019. Saul started by selling natural juices and then mangonadas. They decided to sell natural juices to promote healthy options to help the community with their well-being and nutrition. "We enjoy participating in the Mercado because of the contact with [...]

Abigail Bernardino

Meet Abigail Bernardino, who has participated in the Mercado since May 2019 with her brothers Felipe de Jesús and Ricardo Bernardino. Since the beginning of the Mercado, Abigail has been sharing various Mexican delicacies including tacos de carne asada (grilled beef tacos) and tacos al pastor (marinated pork in red mild sauce with pineapple). Born [...]


About the Mercado

The Mercado Esperanza is a community-led initiative sponsored by Elijah’s Promise, New Brunswick Tomorrow, and coLAB Arts. Building on previous work in the areas of healthy food access, neighborhood development, and creative placemaking, the three partners embarked on a planning process in 2016 – with support from the Kresge Foundation’s FreshLo initiative – to determine how to integrate and scale up these efforts for greater community impact.

The Mercado Esperanza was born in late 2017 after a year of planning and dialogue with local residents and other stakeholders, and embarked on the first full season in 2018. Along the way, the Friends of the Mercado group was created with resident leaders from New Brunswick Tomorrow’s Esperanza Neighborhood Project to act as a project steering committee. They, together with our core vendors group, continue to give direction to the project and work alongside organizational staff to continually make our collective vision of the Mercado Esperanza a reality: a vibrant community gathering place, a springboard for local entrepreneurial success, and a creative cultural celebration.

The Mercado Institute: Art. Food. Community.

Mercado Institute is a project of Mercado Esperanza bringing art and food directly to your home. This project was developed through the Mercado Esperanza, a partnership between coLAB Arts, Elijah’s Promise and New Brunswick tomorrow fostering food entrepreneurship and creative placemaking in the Esperanza Neighborhood.

What is the Institute?

1) Student Art Workshops
Any families who have middle, high school, or college aged students in their household can register them for the arts distribution and workshop program. Participating students will receive weekly deliveries of art supplies and a schedule of online live tutorials on how to create projects that speak to the energy, diversity, challenges, and hopes of the Mercado Esperanza community.

2) Meal Distribution
Families can register all household members to receive one weekly meal. Meals will be provided on Sunday afternoons. Participating vendors from the Mercado Esperanza will create these meals to be shared with our community, free of charge.

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