I am really getting excited about this new summer event on Amelia Island. The first Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off is being held here on Amelia Island on August 27th and 28th and I just can’t wait! I love events like this!
The organizers (Thank you Bretta!) have got 42 of the top BBQ teams from around the country coming to our beaches to compete for over $20,000 in prize money. Top name teams like Myron Mixon of PitMasters, the General Porkticioners, Lotta Bull and the Late Night Whiskey Smokers. They will be cooking and smoking chicken, brisket, ribs and pork butts with lots of sampling to go around after the judging.
I am a griller, not a barbecuer, and I wouldn’t even try to compete with the people coming to the competition so at the Addison Happy Hour on Saturday the 28th we will be featuring barbecue from the Happy Tomato. Rich, head man at the Tomato and competitor in the Cook-off, will be cooking us up some of his prized pulled pork and smoked turkey. We’ll get some chicken salad and shrimp salad to go with the meats and we will have our own barbecue feast out on our veranda.
So we’ve got the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off at the end of August followed closely by Labor Day weekend with the new Sun Splash series of reggae concerts. October will be here before you know it with cooler weather and even more to do. The Amelia Island Jazz Festival is in the first 10 days of October and we have put together a Special Jazz Weekend Package just for the Festival. My favorite car event of the year follows with the Amelia Cruizers Car Show on October 16th. The next thing you know we’ll be decorated for the Holidays and cooking Thanksgiving dinner for our guests. Wow, the Holidays already. Right around the corner!