As football season approaches, the first Saturday in September leads the way with Tailgating Day. This is a fun, tasty way for die-hard fans to come together and pay homage to the football-food culture.
Most tailgating takes place in stadium parking lots prior to kick-off. As the name implies, these parties are hosted from the backs of pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. Portable grills are set up and grill masters show off their epicurean talents. Enticing aromas waft along smoky hazes to the sounds of music emanating from speakers.
Typical fare for feasting runs the entire gamut of finger foods, barbecued delights and, of course, chili. Pickings include hot dogs, hamburgers, sliders, ribs, wings, dips and chips – all washed down with chilled thirst quenchers. These treats satisfy all the salty, spicy, gloriously greasy goodness everyone craves. So remember to stash plenty of antacids in the glove compartment.
Plan your Tailgating Day celebration well in advance to allow plenty of time for guests to score game tickets. Everyone should wear jerseys and bring edible contributions along with disposable dinnerware, cutlery and napkins in the colors representing their favorite team. Bring chairs and, for goodness sake, don’t forget the bottle opener and insect repellent – just in case.
Kick off the season by putting your game face on, loading up the coolers and meeting your friends in the parking lot for a truck-side football fiesta.