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11 Tailgating Tips & Boca Raton Bars Ready for Kickoff

Are You Ready For Some Football

Football season is upon us and so is tailgating! Although we might not have tradition tips in the air that Autumn is upon us, we know for sure, that when football season is upon us so are cooler days and shorter nights!

We are big football fans in this family and have had a ball tailgating over the years.

Whether you tailgate at a game or choose to do some “homegating” from your home, #SoooBoca has some great ideas for you!

Now we enjoy both pro and college football so remember to visit this blog post again to get the latest and most updated NFL and college football schedules. 

Football and Real Estate

As a Boca Raton Realtor, I have the unique pleasure of not only helping people find their dream homes in this vibrant South Florida community but also witnessing the excitement of our local football scene.

From cheering on the Miami Dolphins and Florida Atlantic University, our region is a hotspot for football enthusiasts.

It’s no surprise that football stars and owners are drawn to the incredible lifestyle South Florida offers, making it a prime destination for real estate investments.

Disclosure: The links in this post/on this page are affiliate links via Amazon and other companies and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. 

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Families That Love Football

tailgate with family
Family Fun at Ohio State

As a family we have been fortunate to experience many amazing tailgate experiences at Ohio State over the years and attend bowl games including the Rose Bowl and the Citrus Bowl. Both of my husband’s brothers Steve and Greg played for Ohio State and in the NFL.

For a family that loves food, fun and football, you can be rest assured that our tailgates are a foodie fiesta typically involving some sort of barbeque item and pork butts!

We Love Owling

There is nothing better than tailgating with friends…especially friends from high school at FAU games! We are also lucky to have a Division 1 university right here in Boca Raton!

We get invited to some fun tailgating events and our friend Jeffery Boyer always pulls it out with fabulous food, drink and fun…and yes, we love watching the games too!

FAU Football Games
FAU Football With Friends From Boca High and Boca Raton

Favorite Football Game Day Foods

I did a quick poll of my pals on Facebook to find out there favorite foods for game day and we came up with a few front runners.

The most popular finger foods for game day included chicken wings, seven layer dips, pulled pork sliders, a good hotdog, nachos and anything being grilled or cooked in a crock pot.

Lets not forget chili, mac and cheese, Pubsubs and some smoked fish dip to round out game day!

Homegating Ideas

If you are planning a “homegating” event, like we do frequently, make sure to throw in a great game of corn hole or ping pong to accompany more great appys like a charcuterie board, veggie platter or Old Bay seasoned steamed shrimp.

Home Decor

Don’t forget to get your favorite team decorations, caps, shirts, and cups to get into the spirit of football season!

Add to the mix plates, napkins and table cloths and you are good to go.

If you are like us you can really annoy the neighbors with your team flag and playing your favorite team fight song over and over again!

summer salad and wine

Simple Recipes Score Big Time

This is also a great time to try something new!

My daughter Kylie Bellisari has a fantastic TikTok channel with tons of recipes for all types of foodie gatherings and events!

She has quick recipes and easy ingredients that will inspire your game day menu!

Don’t forget to check our her baked chicken wing recipe!

A New Twist On Game Day Bevvies

Kylie also hits the “ball” out of the park featuring Spain, Greece and end of summer light meals that are easy to prepare, that you will enjoy and that are perfect for any game day!

Sangria

Refreshing Sangria Recipe

If you are thinking something a little different, this fruit soaked sangria is simply refreshing and delish…secret being to soak the fruit in black berry brandy before adding it to the sangria. Cheers!

2 Bottles – (750 ml) Garnasha Red Wine

Blackberry Brandy – 1/2 cup (and of course to taste)

Triple Sec – 1/3 cup

Orange Juice – 3/4 cup (add more to taste)

Cut Up Apples, Oranges, Peaches, Strawberries and Limes – you can mix up what you like and the key here is to soak the fruit a day ahead in some blackberry brandy- seriously…it is the jam for your sangria trust me!

Mix all the liquids together. Add the fruit. Chill for a few hours if you can.

Pour over ice!

Tailgating Tips From an Expert

Putting on a successful game day event needs a little pre planning, organization, team work and coolers!

Sooo, I reached out to my sister-in law, Annette Johnson, owner of Bellisari’s Gourmet Convenience, for her tailgate party wisdom to ensure if you are having your own game day event it runs smoothly.

PS…her Fig and Blistered Jalepeno Spreads is my personal fave!

Sauces and Spreads for recipes
Bellisari’s Gourmet Convenience

As Annette says, “It is all about the pre-plan like freezing water bottles for your cooler, food prepping the day before, testing your grill and being prepared”.

Make sure not to sweat the small stuff and that a roll of paper towel can serve in a variety of ways!

Michele and Halle Alessia bartending for Junior League at Roccos Tacos
Roccos Tacos Boca Raton

Boca Raton Sports Bars & Restaurants

Sometimes you simply want to watch your favorite team play sitting at a local sports bar, restaurant or your favorite watering hole.

No worries!

There are a variety of local restaurants and bars that embrace and make game days a ton of fun. Here are a few of our faves:

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill – 45 Federal Highway, Boca Raton and South Florida

Duffy’s Sports Grill – 21212 St. Andrews Blvd. Boca Raton & Deerfield Beach

Miller’s Ale House – 1200 Yamato Road. Boca Raton

Yard House – 201 Plaza Real Suite 1201 – Mizner Park – Boca Raton

Packys Sports Grill – 11379 W Palmetto Park Rd #F – West Boca and Lighthouse Point

Whistle Stop – 395 NE Spanish River Blvd. Boca Raton

Hijinks Sports Grill – 133 SE Mizner Blvd. – Royal Palm Place – Boca Raton

We would love to know your favorite spot in Boca to watch your sports teams play so make sure to DM us on Instagram @soooboca Here is to another great football season and may all my teams win!

About Michele Bellisari

Michele is a South Florida Realtor, based in Boca Raton, Florida, serving surrounding cities, and the founder of #Soooboca Lifestyle and Media.

If you are thinking of buying or selling real estate in Boca Raton and any of the surrounding cities let her help you out!

Thinking of purchasing a vacation home? Michele blogs, vlogs, posts and shares all things Boca Raton, South Florida & Beyond from events, people, food, travel, home decor, fashion, beauty and real estate!

You can find more at www.soooboca.com and on all the socials @soooboca. Information in this post should be verified with your accountant, attorney and or financial planner as well as the state of Florida.

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