Head to Taste of Peoria at Riverfront Park

Peoria, Illinois has celebrated the annual Taste of Peoria event 36 years in a row; the festival brings out local restaurants, bakeries, bars, and similar businesses so that guests can sample all the delicious fare the Peoria area has to offer. Admission is only $2 a person, giving visitors access to the unique “Block Party” atmosphere the event seeks to emulate through its inclusion of great food and a scenic location right at Peoria Riverfront Park.

Over 80 different food items from local restaurants will be available, along with live music acts including the Stone Cold Cowboys and United Groove Theory. The gate opens as early as 4 PM, but the event continues until late that evening, ending at 11 PM. New restaurants this year include Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Avanti Ristorante, and Table 19 at Hotel Pere Marquette. To accommodate those commuting by car, there will be a shuttle bus to and from the event.

There will be four different booths onsite at Taste of Peoria through which guests will be able to purchase tokens; they can use these tokens to buy food from the vendors. Here at Mangold Ford, we are proud that our community is filled with awesome food to eat, so come on down to the 36th Annual Taste of Peoria to experience it for yourself.

Head to Tawny Oaks Field Station for Birdwatching

We’re in the full swing of spring with summer coming up fast, which means it’s prime time for birdwatching. The Singing Woods Nature Preserve is located in the Peoria Parks District, which is packed with tons of wildlife and views of nature, and if you head to the Tawny Oaks Field Station soon, you’ll be able to join the park for its Songbird Mania event–all residents of the Peoria area are invited to come and revel in the pristine, untouched scenery of the nearby preserve.

The official date for the Songbird Mania event is May 20, but you can go any time during the next few months to experience the beauty of central Illinois’s native songbirds. Park officials recommend that visitors show up in the morning around 9:30 a.m. in order to get the most out of the day. Plus, if you get tired of birdwatching, the Tawny Oaks Field Station is a new facility that provides prairie restoration, restrooms, a handicap-accessible trail, and the entrance into the Singing Wood Nature Preserve’s trail system.

A few more tips: the area along the creek off Ivy Lake Road is a hot spot for migratory birds. Spring is excellent for spotting warblers, while summer offers several species of woodpeckers, owls, tanager, waterthrush, and more. Head to Tawny Oaks Field Station near us here at Mangold Ford for an experience out in the wilderness that you won’t forget.

Upcoming Events in Peoria, near Eureka

Fall is one of the best times of the year in Illinois. The weather is cooling down, the holiday decorations are going up, and the activities list is growing longer and longer. Here are some of the most fun events in Peoria, near Eureka this fall.

Wicked. What better way to celebrate the Halloween season than by going to see Wicked in theaters? On Wednesday, October 26, this fantastic play will be showing in the Peoria Event Center at 7:30pm.

Haunted Peoria Tour. Do you know all of the myths and legends surrounding Peoria? Come out to the haunted Peoria tour, which runs every Saturday and Sunday throughout October, to learn about the ghost stories of Peoria.

Relax Under the Stars. A free event that is perfect for the entire family, Relax Under the Stars takes place in the Planetarium of the Peoria Riverfront Museum every first Wednesday of the month from 12pm- 1pm.

Hayrides and Hotdogs. There is nothing that says fall quite like a hayride on a cool autumn day, though hotdogs are a huge bonus. On October 20th at Sommer Park (5pm-7pm), there will be hayrides, food, sack races, and all kinds of other fall activities.

Our area has a lot to offer this fall, so get yourselves out and about and experience what makes the fall such a great season!

Christmas Travel Tips

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Thanksgiving has come and gone. Traveling to see family and friends for Christmas when it’s less than just a month later can be draining. There are things you can do to make your life a little easier in the coming weeks, especially if you’re traveling by plane. From us here at Mangold Ford to you, have a happier holiday with these Christmas travel tips!

  1. Follow the Rules. The TSA simply doesn’t care why your liquid is one ounce over the allowed amount. Rules are rules and exceptions are extremely rare, if they ever occur. To avoid getting caught up in the security line, print out a copy of the rules and check them as you pack. That way, you’ll pass through security smoothly and make it to your gate on time.
  2. Schedule Wisely. When arranging your flight, it may be beneficial to opt for an early morning or late flight. Crowds tend to gather during the middle of the day and throwing in flight delays certainly doesn’t help. You’ll also be more likely to get your desired seats.
  3. Use Online Resources. You can do more on the internet than just schedule your flight. You can also print boarding passes at home or on your smartphone. Save time by using your resources!

Of course, if you would prefer to avoid all of this hassle, come see us at Mangold Ford for the perfect road trip vehicle!

Best Podcasts For A Road Trip

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Thinking about taking a road trip? Even with the most interesting company, and the most interesting scenery, you are going to need a little entertainment. We’ve compiled some of the best podcasts for a road trip to help!

The Partially Examined Life

Fancy yourself a deep thinker? Let’s be honest. A road trip is complete without some sort of superficial, pseudo-philosophical ramblings. Let The Partially Examined Life help ignite the conversation. Choosing a brief philosophical text, the narrators then rap on it in a way that is easy to understand.

The Heart

If you happen to be road tripping with your significant other, The Heart can be a great way to enhance your bond. This podcast is all about the beauty of love and romance.

You Made It Weird

Host and comedian Pete Holmes somehow manages to get other comedians and entertainers to talk about the least-talked about parts of their lives, strange habits, family life, religion etc. The result is a fascinating, and oftentimes hilarious, close-up look at what are really everyday people.

Ask Me Another

Are you the kind of person that thrives on puzzles and other sorts of challenging mind games? Ask Me Another presents games like these in an entertaining and interactive way.

Although all of these podcasts are great for a road trip, don’t overdo it. Podcasts are meant to enhance your trip, not be your trip.