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.

How to Drive Safely in Winter Weather Conditions

Winter weather conditions can make driving a scary experience, but here are some tips for making it through slippery roads and snowy weather.

Stay Home

Sometimes the best winter driving tip is simply not to drive. Nature just can’t be stopped, and even if you’re experienced at driving in the snow, other drivers may not be.

Know Your Tires

Opt for winter tires for increased traction. But even if you use all-season tires, check the tread depth to make sure you’re good to go.

Be Cautious, Even With AWD

All-wheel drive helps your vehicle keep going even in deep snow, but it won’t keep you from sliding around corners or sliding at all, for that matter. AWD keeps you moving, but does nothing to help you stop.

Visibility is Key

Make sure to have your headlights on in low visibility so other drivers can see you and you can see other drivers. Your defroster and wipers should be working too, so make sure to have those inspected before you head into the winter months.

Slow and Steady

When all else fails, don’t rush. It’s better to be late for work by a few minutes because you were going 20 below the speed limit than to get in an accident or get stranded on the side of the road.

Be aware of winter weather conditions and the ways in which you can drive safely. Remember that safety is the priority no matter what!

Top Five Reasons to Live in Illinois

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While all states have great things about them, there is something truly special about Illinois. Here at Mangold Ford, we are proud to be Illinoisans. Here are what we think are the top five reasons to live in Illinois.

  1. Illinois has introduced some delicious food to the American palate. Just take one bite of a deep dish Chicago-style pizza or snack on some of the unique popcorn flavors and you’ll never want to leave.
  2. “Green” buildings. Illinois has more “green” buildings than any other state. This means our state focuses on constructing sustainable buildings that use fewer energy and water resources than the average building.
  3. The Cubs won the World Series! You won’t find more die-hard fans than those here in Illinois.
  4. Being flat. After Florida, which is barely above sea level, Illinois is the flattest state in the country. In fact, another nickname for someone from Illinois is a Flatlander.
  5. Our spirit. We Illinoisans are a hearty bunch. We suffer through long, cold winters, have had more than our fair share of political scandals, and come out unfazed and stronger than ever.

What is your favorite thing about living in Illinois?

Upcoming Summer Events in Illinois

Summer is a great time of year in Illinois and there are fun events and things to do nearly every day. Here are some upcoming summer events in Illinois you should plan on attending.

  • Music Under the Stars. Enjoy an evening of music while the Freeport Concert Band performs at the Koening Outdoor Performance Amphitheater. There will be concerts July 17th and 24th at 7:30pm.
  • Findlay Walleye Festival. If you love fish, head to Findlay July 29th and 30th for the annual Walleye festival. Fish will be served all day along with plenty of other food, fun, and festivities.
  • Cobden Peach Festival. Bring home a bounty of locally grown peaches and have some fun, too, at the Cobden Peach Festival August 5th and 6th.
  • Northalsted Market Days. Enjoy the largest two-day street festival in the Midwest on August 13th and 14th on Halstead Street in Chicago. There will be unique vendors, local food, artisan crafts, and more.
  • Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Head to Illinois State University in Bloomington for its annual summer Shakespearian festival. The festival run through August 15th and plays this year include Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and other modern works.

Which summer events in Illinois are you adding to your calendar?