Spreckels Fourth of July Celebration
Today my mom and I took in the old-fashioned Fourth of July Celebration in the small town of Spreckels, population 749. The day starts with a footrace and that was just finishing up when we arrived. Tanimura & Antle gave out big bags of fresh produce to the runners. Kids munched on stalks of celery from their curbside perches waiting for the parade to start, a sight celebrated by good food advocates.
Community groups set up in the center of Spreckels Memorial Park to raise funds by selling food and drink. Ribs, hamburgers, chili dogs, tri-tip, lumpia, cotton candy, snow cones, ice cream sandwiches, nachos, chicken burritos, carne asada tacos, Swiss sausage sandwiches, popcorn, and soft drinks were among the things I spotted.
I indulged in a tri-tip sandwich, $7, custom-sliced for me because I wanted medium-rare. I’d watched the cooks and they seemed to know what they were doing, mopping the tri-tip roasts on the grill and cooking over red oak harvested to the south in San Ardo. Served on a French roll and offered with a choice of condiments: tomato salsa, hot barbecue sauce, and pickled chilis, a good example of this Central Coast specialty. Here’s what it looked like,
Spring 4-H, the club I had belonged to as a kid, was selling snow cones, $3, and I felt a need to support them too. Several flavors of syrup were available, but I only had eyes for blueberry and cherry. Here’s the patriotic red, white and blue result,
The parade started at noon and was done in about an hour. A really lovely small town experience, here are more photos of the day.
Happy Independence Day!