by Jordan Fleming
The 7th Annual Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival will take place on September 27 and 28, bringing together a variety of entertainment, art, and a legacy of superior, local cuisine that never fails to draw thousands of people into Downtown Bryan each year. Open to the community, Texas Reds charges no admission, and has something exciting for all ages.
The Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival originated in 2007 and has since attracted festival goers from more than 69 counties, 20 different states, and, in last year’s festival alone, generated an influx of $1.68 million within the local economy.
This year, Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival will be dedicated to the firefighters of Bryan. On behalf of each sponsor, a charitable donation will be given in honor of Ricky Mantey, Jr., Mitch Moran, and in memory of Greg Pickard and Eric Wallace, who gave their lives in the service of their community this year. A percentage of the festival’s proceeds will also be given to the Firefighter’s Association to directly benefit these families.
This year’s festival will feature Sports Zone, Kids Zone, and artist showcases. Competitions and cook-offs will headline the festival on Saturday, including the High School Culinary Competition and Steak Cook-off.
Live music will be available throughout the festivities starting with David Whitman Band on stage from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday. Saturday will feature Greg Tivis and the Dixieland Jazz Band, the Blues Country Band, Tubie and the Touchtones, and Raspa on the Downtown Bryan Association Stage on 26th Street. Student talents will be highlighted on the BISD Stage in the Kids Zone. The evening will wrap up with a performance by John Conlee and Steve Wariner.
For more information about the festival, including a schedule of events and parking information, visit www.texasredsfestival.com.