The Illinois State Athletics Department will serve as host to the 17th annual Taste of Redbirds on Saturday, February 5, before the Redbird men’s basketball team takes on Southern Illinois University at 7 p.m. on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena.

The pregame Taste of Redbirds will be held at Horton Field House from 4-6:30 p.m.

Entrance to the Taste of Redbirds is free. Tickets for purchasing food, soda, and water are $1 each and will be sold starting one hour before the event on the east concourse of Horton Field House, and then inside the field house when the doors open at 4 p.m. Food vendors charge between one and four tickets for their food items.

The 2022 food vendors will include Avanti’s, Denny’s Doughnuts, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Papa John’s, Pizza Ranch, Noodle’s and Company, and DP Dough. Attendees 21 years of age and up can enjoy beer and wine throughout the event.

The event will also host a trunk show with Alamo II selling licensed Illinois State merchandise.

Bloomington native and local musician Dan Hubbard will provide musical entertainment during the event.

The Reggie’s Kids Club Fun Zone will have activities for children including Fun on the Run Inflatables, Pop-a-shot, cornhole, and more.

For questions about this promotion, or to buy tickets, please call the Redbird Athletics Ticket Office at 309-438-8000, or visit