For the ninth consecutive year, Illinois State Athletics will host the Taste of Redbirds. The event will occur from 12:30–2:30 p.m. in Horton Field House on Saturday, January 28, just prior to the men’s basketball 3:05 p.m. game against Southern Illinois University at Redbird Arena.

Admission to the Taste of Redbirds is free. Tickets for food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event, while supplies last. Participating local vendors include Alexander’s Steakhouse, Avanti’s Italian Restaurant, Bandanas BBQ, Beer Nuts, Buffalo Wild Wings, Denny’s Doughnuts and Bakery, D. P. Dough, Famous Dave’s, Jimmy Johns, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Reality Bites, and Times Past Inn. There may be more added prior to the event.

In addition, the Reggie Fun Zone will be set up in Horton, including inflatables and a climbing wall from Upper Limits. The Zoo Lady will paint faces for kids at the event, and The Alamo II will be on hand with discounted Redbird merchandise for sale. The ISU pep band will cap off the event with a performance just prior to 2:30 p.m.

For more information on the Taste of Redbirds, visit or call (309) 438-3803. To order tickets for the ISU-SIU basketball game, call the Redbird ticket office at (309) 438-8000.