The 25th Austin Reggae Festival wrapped up Sunday with a headlining set from the one-and-only Wailers.
The three-day festival took place at Vic Mathias Shores along Lady Bird Lake and raised money and food donations for the Capital Area Food Bank.
Other big names that played this year’s event included Black Uhuru, Sister Nancy and the Mau Mau Chaplains from Austin.
Last year, the festival raised more than 376,000 meals for Central Texans facing hunger, making it one of the Food Bank’s largest single fund- and food-raising events.
Over the last five years, the Austin Reggae Festival has provided nearly 2.3 million meals.
“For 25 years, the Austin Reggae Festival has been so important in helping the Food Bank serve our neighbors in need. The food and funds from the festival allow us to refill our warehouse just before the summer season when so many children, seniors and families struggle with hunger,” said Derrick Chubbs, president and CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank. “Thanks to the generosity of festival organizers and attendees, the Food Bank will be able to bring nourishing food to thousands of Central Texans who might otherwise go without.”
The Food Bank serves nearly 46,000 people each week. One-third of them are children.
A portion of festival ticket prices benefit the Food Bank, and patrons are encouraged to bring two cans of food and/or donate cash at the entry gates. The Food Bank says it can turn every dollar donated into four meals.
“The Austin Reggae Festival believes strongly that helping those in need in our community is a central theme of the music we celebrate each April,” said Festival Producer Pat Costigan. “We also believe strongly in the Food Bank’s fight against hunger in Central Texas and we are proud of what we’ve accomplished over the years to help Central Texans in need.”