The Texas Department of Agriculture invited the San Saba Festival Association to showcase it's upcoming San Saba River Pecan Jam at the Food and Fiber Pavilion this Saturday, October 1. There will be two shows: 12-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
The program will include cooking demonstrations by Terry Thompson Anderson-professional chef, cookbook author, culinary instructor and restaurant consultant. She has written six cookbooks, including Cajun-Creole Cooking, which has become an iconic work for anyone interested in the cuisines of South Louisiana; Eating Southern Style; The Texas Hill Country-A Food and Wine Lover's Paradise; and the award-winning Texas on the Plate, a celebration of Texas food and wine. Terry is the Editor of The Texas Food and Wine Gourmet.com website and developed the Texas on the Plate food product line for Cookwell & Company. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Southern Foodways Alliance, and serves on the Advisory Board for Edible Austin magazine and the Board of Directors of the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts in Fredericks-burg, Texas.
Music will be provided by The Rusty Brothers, a Dallas-based band, performing a preview of their Pecan Jam set. The Group's music is a blend of Texas country, progressive country and southern rock. Members of George Strait's Ace in the Hole Band have contributed to both of their last albums. The McWilliams brothers who make up the band have a local connection to San Saba County. Their dad, Mike McWilliams, ranches in the Bend area. The county has even inspired one of their songs titled, Girl From Cherokee.
The emcee for the event is Lisa Hamblen Hood, area writer and humorist. Lisa was born and raised on a cattle ranch outside of Dallas. She received her journalism and art degree from Baylor University. Raising three teenagers in a small country town serves as a backdrop for many of her stories about life in rural Texas. Her column, Through the Fence is published regularly in the Livestock Weekly, Alabama Farm Co-op magazine, The Horseman, and the Rocky Mountain Fence Post in Colorado. When she is not busy teaching art, Spanish and language in Priddy, she is working on a compilation of her life's stories to be published next year.
Representatives of the Festival Association and San Saba Chamber of Commerce will travel to the event to promote San Saba's Pecan Jam to be held in Risien Park October 22. The event includes Asleep At the Wheel, performing on the main stage. To catch Terry's cooking demonstrations or the Rusty Brothers at Pecan Jam, you can check the schedule of events at www.pecanjam.com.
The San Saba Festival Association was formed and incorporated as a 501c (3) organization.