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Family Central: Taste of Texas is a Coming!

It’s that time again: time for some toe-tappin’, steak samplin’, event benefitin’ day at FRESH! Taste of Texas is an annual charity event that benefits the East Texas Food Bank. From Family Movie Night to the Strut your Mutt Contest, Taste of Texas is a nine-day occasion from May 16 through May 24, full of fun Texas-sized activities. Not only does it support a local charity, it also promotes Texas brand products and local companies. We encourage all Freshies to support this cause and have fun while doing it! Below is a list of Taste of Texas dates you don’t want to miss.

May 16

Live Entertainment 6-9PM: Lauren Alexander Band
Lauren Alexander is a singer, songwriter and musician from East Texas and plays a blend of folk, rock and blues with a strong country vibe. She has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists such as Josh Abbott, Easton Corbin, The Eli Young Band and more.

May 17

Texas Line Dancing 101 4-5:30PM

Put your boots on and come learn a line dance like no other! FRESH’s own Kameron Ainsworth will teach you an original line dance straight from FRESH, TX!

Chuck Wagon Chow Down 5:30-8PM

Gather round to enjoy cowboy-certified chili, cornbread, chicken fried steak and cobbler. Then, enjoy some toe tappin’, knee slappin’ music!

Family Movie Night 8PM

Featuring the movie “Toy Story,” a great family film rated PG and shown on a jumbo screen under the Texas stars!

Live Entertainment 6-9PM: Stevie Jo from “The Voice”
Tyler native Stevie Jo appeared on the hit TV show “The Voice” in 2014 and since then has made a splash in East Texas. With a smooth R&B sound that led him to team Usher, Stevie Jo Rosenbalm is creating a Texan trademark for the unique blend of originals and covers he has accumulated.

May 23

Live Entertainment 6-9PM: Kevin Hahn Band
Kevin Hahn has collaborated with Emmy Award-winning producer Evan Frankfort and has collaborated with many well-known artists. The Kevin Hahn Band has toured throughout the country including the True Experience Festival Tour with acts including 3 Doors Down, the Gin Blossoms and Cowboy Mouth.

May 24

Steak Cook-off 3-6PM
Come watch local cook-off teams battle it out for the “Ace of Steaks” championship belt, awarded by team celebrity judges. Taste samples of each team’s award-winning steaks and enjoy activities throughout the competition.

After the competition, sharpen your knives, raise your forks and get ready for a delicious steak dinner.     Buy a ticket to the steak dinner for only $20. It will include a 12 oz. New York Strip, Garlic Rosemary Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, Garden Salad and a Brioche Roll. Buffet served from 5PM to 7PM.  All proceeds will be donated to the East Texas Food Bank. Purchase your tickets today at FRESH!

Live Music

Stefan Cotter and The Rastabillys 3-6PM
Stefan is a guitarist and singer songwriter. Stefan dabbles in everything from ska/punk bands to latin/jazz bands, big band swing, rock ‘n soul blues, all to way back to an old time string band.

Taylor Heard Band 6-9PM
Taylor Heard comes from a small town in East Texas and has earned the title “Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Representative for 2013” in the prestigious John Ritter Showcase in Carthage, Texas. She has a unique country style and uses her sultry, alto voice to “Taylorize” covers.

Other Activities

Car Show 3-6PM
Our mission is to fuel the East Texas Food Bank! One way we will do this is showcasing Hot Rods, Street Rods, Motorcycles, and Classic & Custom cars in our North Parking lot on Saturday, May 24 from 3-6PM. No entry fee required! Guests will be able to vote on May 24 at the Car Show for “Freshest of the Fresh” vehicle for a $100 Fresh gift card and the “Freshest of the Fresh” trophy.

Strut Your Mutt Contest 4PM
Grab Fido and head to FRESH for the chance to show off your mutt at the FreshPet Strut Your Mutt contest! Come on down and you can enter your well-behaved, leashed dog in one or all categories, such as the best tail wag, best trick, best strut and best dressed to name a few.

We welcome all dogs that enjoy the company of other dogs. Please be sure your dog is leashed, licensed, in good physical condition and up-to-date on all vaccinations.

This event’s prizes are brought to you by FreshPet and facilitated by Greyhounds Unlimited.

Yippee Dog Races 5PM
Stretch those paws and prepare for a race like no other. The fur will be flying in this whirlwind of a speedy competition at FRESH! Come on out to watch or join these pint-sized pups run their little heart outs to the finish line!

You can enter your lightweight (under 10 pounds) furry friend in our FreshPet Yippee Dog Races. We will have a short, straight course approximately 30 feet in length with prizes for the top dogs. We welcome all dogs that enjoy the company of other dogs. Please be sure your dog has a collar, is in good physical condition and is up-to-date on all vaccinations. For all you race hounds, it’s a good idea to bring two humans with you. One to be at the starting line and one to welcome you to the finish line!

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