Tailgating Ideas

Virginia Gold Cup Tailgating Ideas

You’ve already purchased your rail spot or planning on buying your tickets SOON! to reserve your spot at the 98th Virginia Gold Cup Races at Great Meadows in The Plains on May 2, 2020.
Each week, we will provide you tailgating ideas, themes and recipes to help you get into the Steeplechase way of entertaining.   We would love you to leave a comment showing your past tailgate setups, share your favorite recipe(s) or your tried and true tips for tailgating.
Let’s get this party (or tailgate) started!

This week, we’re going to start with SIMPLE SIMPLICITY!  

Tailgating is all about enjoying a sporting event outdoors with family and friends.  Steeplechase tailgating takes it to the next level with creating lavish displays of food and drinks, as well as possibly incorporating a theme.  Tailgates don’t have to take a long time to prepare or cost a fortune if you keep it SIMPLE. 

Charcuterie Boards are SIMPLE for many reasons!

  1. There’s no cooking involved!
  2. Can easily divvy out who in your group brings what (meats, cheese, fruits, cut veggies, peppers, nuts, olives, dips, breads, and crackers).
  3. Bring a few large platters, baskets for crackers and break, spreading knives, small plates, cups and napkins.  No need for forks, knives, serving utensils and dishes.
  4. When friends start arriving, SIMPLY add their items to the platters and voila!  SIMPLE yet lavish displays.

You can make board displays as simple or elaborate and healthy or decadent as you want.  Here’s an example of a tailgate that brought in wooden crates to create height and more areas to display food.


You have your SIMPLE food plan….now what about the DRINKS? 

Bring a couple containers of pre-made cocktails, cooler of ice, and mason jars (if you want to keep with a simple, country theme) or good ‘ole Solo Cups.                  

2 Gallon container can be found on Amazon.com.  Mason jars are easily found at any grocery or big box store.

SIMPLE AND SIMPLICITY!  Oh yeah…don’t forget cooler of water.  Make sure you stay hydrated!  It’s a long day and want everyone to have fun and stay safe!

When you reserve a tailgate spot you are eligible to enter the tailgate competition – and it is free! Tailgates are judged by a panel of local food and TV personalities.

If you have reserved a tailgate spot and would like to enter the competition, send your name, contact information, and tailgate spot number to info@bendurepr.com by 5pm on Thursday, April 30, 2020.  Past prizes have included dinners and hotel stays, airline tickets and gift baskets.

Want a delicious warm day beverage that can be SUPER SIMPLE to make, plus, it looks pretty!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Strawberry Basil Lemonade makes for a great party drink. If you have a bunch of lemons and want to make home lemonade, go right ahead. For a larger crowd, keep it simple by using a can of store-bought lemonade out of the freezer.

INGREDIENTS – Multiply this recipe as many times as you need.

1 can of frozen lemonade concentrate is mixed with 4 1/3 cans of water.

Large Handful of Basil.  Save some for garnish

2 containers of Strawberries, washed, hulled and halved.  Buy extra or save a few for garnish

2 lemons – To make it look like you made fresh lemonade – slice lemons for garnish

Lemon Vodka – ½ cup to Cup or Omit for non-alcoholic lemonade. 

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