Toasting the Tenth: Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival

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124_IMG_6394_1Cheers! Fans of sizzling steak, live music and, of course, terrific Texas wine and beer will have much to celebrate and toast at the 10th annual Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival in Historic Downtown Bryan on September 23-25. This year’s fest, presented by Union Pacific, offers lots of new events including train rides on the Union Pacific Heritage train.

This year’s ticket products include 10th Anniversary VIP Ticket Package ($220), 10th Anniversary Cheers Ticket Package ($90), Thursday Night Messina Hof Farm-to-Table Dinner ($75), Friday Night-VIP Kick-off Party at Astin Mansion ($75), Saturday Evening Steak Dinner ($25), Sunday Steak and Egg Brunch ($45), Texas Wine Tasting Package ($25), Texas Craft Beer Tasting Package ($25), Kids Zone Wristband ($15) and Wine and Beer Tasting Tickets (10 tickets for $10). For full product descriptions, visit TexasRedsFestival.com.

Admission to the festival is free. However, tickets must be purchased for wine tastings, beer tastings, the Saturday night steak dinner, the Messina Hof kick-off dinner, the new Sunday brunch, and Kids Zone participation.

523_IMG_8931_1Live music by Texas artists is a cornerstone of Texas Reds. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, officials confirm that festival favorite Ray Wylie Hubbard (“Snake Farm,” “Screw You We’re from Texas”) will return for a performance on Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon, Texas Reds will welcome Grammy Winner Rodney Crowell. A native of Crosby, Crowell is best-known for his numerous country music hits including “After All This Time” and “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried.”

Additionally, music acts confirmed for this September’s festival include Austin Meade, Bri Bagwell, Continental Drift, Daniel Gonzales, David Ramirez, Edison Chair, Ian Moore, John Fullbright, Katye Hamlin, KP & The Boom Boom, Mama K & The Shades, Randy Pavlock, Roxy Roca, Shinyribs, Soul Track Mind, Steady Legend, Texas Twisters, The Departed, The Docs, The Nightowls, Uncle Lucius, and Vandoliers.

Vendor applications for wine, craft beer, arts and crafts, and food vendors are still being accepted. Applicants should contact the Downtown Bryan Association office at (979) 822-4920 or visit www.TexasRedsFestival.com.

Texas Reds Festival is generously sponsored by the City of Bryan and Bryan Texas Utilities.