Ric’s fans flock to Taste of Spring

Lou and Diane Harvey sample Ric’s homemade kielbasa. The two love the store, love the pricing, love the Taste of Ric’s events, and say they are constantly asking Store Director Dave Brickner when the next event will be held. “We have only missed one since the store opened and that was because we’d made vacation plans before we learned when it was going to be held,” said Lou. He said an example of how helpful store staff are was when he came in to pick up some sweet Italian sausage and found that they were out. “The people in the meat department went back and made some for us. They are great people here.”
John Jones, 9, a student at Crestwood Elementary School, nagged his mom Diane to take him to the “party at Ric’s.” “He loves these and we wouldn’t miss one,” Diane said.














Kaleigh, 7, and Addison, 2, love the cotton candy machine. They mugged for a photo but were shy with comments.
Victoria, 7, Evie, 3, and Christian, 12, enjoy their day at the Spring Taste of Ric’s. The threesome shared their favorites so far: Evie the donuts, Victoria the cotton candy and Christian the rootbeer floats.













Jayla Ford, from Sweet Tooth in downtown Rockford, shows off the caramel corn she was handing out as a sample. Sweet Tooth, a locally owned Rockford business, is one of the area vendors Ric’s uses.

An unexpectedly beautiful spring day failed to dampen the enthusiasm among Ric’s Food Centers fans during the Spring Taste of Ric’s on Saturday, May 7. The store parking lot was packed, but inside an improved spacing of favorite taste treats made for easy navigation among dozens of vendors offering delicious samples. At least three shoppers referred to the event as the Ric’s “party” and said they look forward to the thank-you day Ric’s offers to shoppers both regular and new.


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