Tejas Rodeo will host the inaugural NOSA FEST Oct. 25. Courtesy photo.

People have united over the breaking of bread, and breaking it down, for centuries. The inception of San Antonio’s next great event follows this recipe with a capital T for Texas, and there will be plenty of local food and music scene from deep in the heart this Saturday, Oct. 25 from 4 p.m. – 1 a.m. at Tejas Rodeo.

NOSA Fest (North of San Antonio), conceived in the rustic and idyllic setting of Bulverde, TX, planted its seed in the fertile grounds of philanthropy through food and music. Leaders from San Antonio’s music scene, including hip-hop artist Brandon McCormick (known as “Dooley” to the consumers of his craft) and SATX Music, joined the Chef Cooperative and the Tejas Rodeo Company to create an opportunity for Texans of all predilections to enjoy themselves.

After securing the sprawling 53-acre space on the outskirts of the Texas Hill Country that already plays host to rodeos every weekend, the group of SAtown enthusiasts wanted to find a way to give back. A large portion of the proceeds from the inaugural event will support the San Antonio Food Bank and its efforts in distributing and providing food to sixteen south Texas counties.

Chef Tyler Horstman of Tejas Rodeo and the Chef Collective. Courtesy photo.
Chef Tyler Horstmann of Tejas Rodeo and the Chef Collective. Courtesy photo.

Aside from collecting food, volunteers of the Food Bank will be consuming it as well, as some of San Antonio’s top chefs from the Chef Cooperative and elsewhere will be providing their take on rodeo vittles for the evening.

You can expect to see Zedric’s, Say.She.Ate TX. Guerilla Gourmet, Chef’s Backyard, Freddy’s Steakburgers, and of course Tejas Rodeo sharing their soul through food to raise money for the same.

Sharing soul through sound on the rodeo grounds is a bevy of local San Antonio and Austin talent, with headliner Mingo Fishtrap taking the reins. They’ll be joined by Ben Cina from the 512, while the Alamo City will set the stage for Octahedron, Fisherman, Bekah Kelso and the Fellas, as well as Band of Bandits (check out their videos and social media pages at the NOSA Fest website). Each act represents a passionate display of music that is uniquely influenced by the culture of southwest Texas, on a stage that is worthy of such a demonstration. Expect no perfunctory performances, these are humble and authentic troupes of true talent, and their sets may make believers out of you yet.

Mingo Fishtrap will headline the inaugural NOSA Fest. Courtesy photo.
Mingo Fishtrap will headline the inaugural NOSA Fest. Courtesy photo.

If this isn’t enough to whet your appetite, feel free to take advantage of the Texan-inspired pastimes such as pony rides, a mechanical bull, a Texas Hold ‘Em corner, a sports memorabilia auction to support the event, and of course the weekly rodeo featuring buckin’ broncos and hog chasin’ galore.

Don’t be shy. NOSA Fest asks you to “step outside the loop” this Saturday, Oct. 25 from 4 p.m to 1 a.m.

Regular rodeo attendees can expect the same prices of $15 per head and $8 for the youngins, but have the option of bringing some canned food as donation for a discount at the door. For more information about tickets and general festival activities, please visit www.nosafest.com.

Sponsors for the event include the Chef Cooperative, Taste Elevated, Defining Delicious, SATX Music, San Antonio Current, Hooey, Tyson Fundraising LLC, Texas Hold’Em LLC, and Venue Everywhere.

The stage at Tejas Rodeo, to be filled with local bands Saturday for NOSA Fest. Courtesy photo.
The stage at Tejas Rodeo will be filled with local bands Saturday, Oct. 25, for NOSA Fest. Courtesy photo.

*Featured/top image: Tejas Rodeo will host the inaugural NOSA FEST Oct. 25. Courtesy photo.

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Adam Tutor

Adam Tutor

Adam Tutor is a Trinity University graduate, a saxophonist who performs with local bands Soulzzafying, Odie & the Digs, and Volcan, and a freelance music contributor to the Rivard Report.