Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday. Today we feature a guest post from Jeanette Dummer.
There are few social events in American culture that are more fun than going to a tailgate party, especially here in the South. Every Saturday afternoon beginning in early September, thousands of the college football faithful park near their beloved stadiums and unlock the tailgates to their vehicles to engage in the seasonal rite that is grilling, drinking beer, and discussing the day’s game matchup. While tailgating is, in and of itself, a fun and worthwhile pursuit, how much better would it be if the grilling and beer drinking was for a charitable cause?
On Saturday, September 7, downtown Alpharetta will be the site of the city’s inaugural Grilling and Gridiron Tailgate event, hosted by and benefiting The Lionheart School. Different groups from the community as well as restaurants will be setting up tailgating displays and grills along Old Roswell Street to create mouthwatering dishes. Lionheart parents will be manning a ticket booth to sell bracelets that will allow participants to sample all food while a giant LED screen broadcasts the UGA vs. South Carolina game.
For those who want to sample the best beer that South Carolina and Georgia have to offer, a combined grilling & beer tasting bracelet can be purchased (beer tasting presented by Blind Murphy Craft Beer Market). For those folks who don’t care so much for the game, but love to browse local arts and crafts, students from the LionheARTisans program will be hosting a booth featuring items for sale. All participants will be eligible to vote on who will be named Alpharetta’s Grilling Champion.
Think of it as Food Truck Alley in a football atmosphere with a local philanthropic purpose; how very Alpharetta!
Click here for event details from the city of Alpharetta’s website
Click here to learn more about The Lionheart School
TICKET INFORMATION (click here to purchase tickets online):
$15 for Grilling tasting only bracelet
$25 for Grilling tasting and Beer tasting bracelet
$250 for a reserved table near the screen with eight (8) Grilling and Beer Tasting bracelets
12:00 – 3:00 Move in and set up for booths, grills, and screen
2:00 – 3:30 Grilling
3:00 Tailgate judging, entertainment begins
3:00 Sale of bracelets for grill tasting and beer tasting starts, grill tasting starts
4:30 Game starts
5:00 Grill tasting and beer tasting ends
Halftime Awards Ceremony:
Grillmaster of Alpharetta – Best in Show
Best of the Rest