Shaved ice, burritos and food trucks are a hit at Taste of Springfield

A Viennese band, The Coozies, provided the soundtrack early on.

At one time, a scoop of ice cream sweetened with sweet juice was called a snowball, but after borrowing the nickname “Shaved Ice” from Hawaii, they were all about shaved ice at Taste of Springfield, in the downtown car park.
A shaved ice called the “Hawaiian dream”.

The Hawaiian Dream is the big seller of the Le Petit Pineapple shaved ice truck. “We get all of our syrups imported from Hawaii,” said Morgan Taylor, who was in the truck with Hanna Kimmey. The truck drove downtown from Mount Vernon where they normally distribute shaved ice on a hot Saturday. Kona Ice was the other shaved ice truck at the event with an assortment of food trucks and tents that housed home improvement companies, chiropractors, clothing, perfumery and a car dealership.

The Coozies, a group from Vienna, hammered the classics for the public. They played Jimmy Buffett, the Eagles and other familiar tunes. “Casual beach blankets,” described a singer named Jessica. “Keeping people positive is our main goal,” she added.

Tickets were sold out and these were worth $1 each, so vendors only sold tickets, which made transactions easier. People are using cash less and less, so having every tent or truck equipped with a card scanner might not work, so tickets were a solution. Alexandria resident Catherine Nale was munching on a burrito and got it from a truck that actually handed out samples instead of a full meal. This is how a tea party event should be, she thought. “The only stand that did it right,” she said.

Joyana Peters, Burke resident and author, and Tara, 4, at Taste of Springfield.

Burke’s author delves into a historic event

On March 25, 1911, a fire engulfed the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York, killing 146 workers and led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that better protected the safety of workers in the factory.

Fast forward 100 years and Burke resident Joyanna Peters reflected on this event by turning it into her novel “The Girl in the Triangle”, about a girl named Ruth who was at this historic event. “It was a turning point for fire safety and workplace safety,” said Peters, who had a tent at the Taste of Springfield event on June 4.

It may have happened over 100 years ago, but it was reminiscent of current events. As the fire raged through the factory, workers jumped out of windows, which reminded Peters of the tragedy of 9/11, with people dying.

She camped out in her home office during the pandemic, researched that historic fire, and worked on the novel, which she called her “pandemic project.” The book hit the streets in July 2021 and won the Ben Franklin Prize from the Independent Book Publishers Association. It can be purchased from Amazon and other book sites.

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