Food, music, and drink. The Rockford City Market kicked off it’s eighth season Friday night, the only thing missing was the warm spring weather.
“This is by far the coldest opening day that we’ve had,” said City Market Manager Cathy McDermott. With temperatures only in the forties, McDermott says the numbers for this years opening are likely not going to break any records.
” I think we’ve had colder days in the fall, but never for opening day,” said McDermott. “So it’s definitely very cold with our winter coats on,” she added. Despite the cold, thousand made their way downtown to experience local flavors, including first timer Jill McCulloh and her family.
“Our river has so much to offer, the whole area down here, we just love being along the water,” said McCulloh. She and her family enjoyed a crab rangoon from the ‘Wok and Roll’ food truck. Owner of the ‘Wok and Roll’ truck, Amanda Phammachanah, thought the colder weather wasn’t a bad way to get the season started.
“It is our first year with the truck,” said Phammachanah. “This is kind of nice for us because it isn’t a huge crowd so we can kind of get used to everything that’s going on and then next week when it’s beautiful we can be ready to rock and roll,” she added.
Phil Raines, a local raw honey producer, believes the market is a culmination of all that makes Rockford a special place.
“It brings people from 100 miles around into the Rockford area, to show what a great town Rockford is,” Raines said. “It also shows our diversity in the 815 area, who we are and what we are about,” he added
The Rockford City Market will continue for every Friday until the end of September.