High-End Culinary Showcase Helps Battle Hunger in Partnership with the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge and Feeding South Florida
Fort Lauderdale, FL – October 7, 2019 – The Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine and Music Festival makes its return to the Pompano Beach Amphitheater on Saturday, November 9. Celebrating ten years of giving back to the South Florida community, the 2019 event will continue the Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation’s mission to “Feed the Needs of Those in Crisis”. In addition to direct donations to the Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge, proceeds from this year’s Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival will also benefit the Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation Scholarship Fund.
Founded in 2012 by John Offerdahl and his wife Lynn, the Offerdahls’s Hand-Off Foundation partners with local business, government, civic and faith-based organizations to assist those in need. The foundation is the parent non-profit organization for two subsidiaries, the Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival and Home Team Advantage, a restorative housing initiative. Over the past ten years, John and Lynn have raised more than $500,000 for the Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation through the support of more than 30,000 attendees.
“We feel blessed to be in a position to use our platform as a means to help those in need,” said John Offerdahl, festival founder and former Miami Dolphins All-Pro Linebacker. “We’re approaching our tenth year doing this event and every year we grow bigger and better which allows us to continue making measurable impacts in the community.”
South Florida’s favorite high-end culinary event returns this November with delicious offerings from the region’s top culinary talent, along with a variety of specialty cocktails, fine wine and craft beer. Twenty-two of the best of the best chefs will be paired up with 22 NFL legends including like O.J. McDuffie, Mercury Morris, Jim Kiick, Channing Crowder, and Mark Duper. Event attendees can get in on the action themselves at the Toyota Cornhole Stadium, competing or cheering on their favorites as they attempt to beat John Offerdahl’s score in the Celebrity Cornhole Challenge. The celebration will include a live music performance by country music sensation Brett Young in partnership with Live Nation.
Taste of the NFL will also be onsite during the festival serving a themed menu for guests to enjoy. In addition, the Judges’ Choice winner of the Grand Grill-Off will be invited to the 2020 Taste of the NFL Super Bowl event in Fort Lauderdale.
Tickets to the Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival are now on sale for $85 per person for General Admission and $125 per person for VIP. Group ticket packages are available as well. Follow the Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine and Music Festival on Facebook at facebook.com/gridirongrilloff/ and on Instagram at @gridirongrilloff.
About Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival
Founded in 2010 by Miami Dolphins legend John Offerdahl and his wife Lynn, the Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival celebrates its tenth year on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. Created as a unique way to “Feed the Needs of Those in Crisis” through donations to the Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation, this not-to-be-missed festival has grown to feature 22 teams of South Florida’s top chefs and NFL legends as they bring the heat and compete in a high-end culinary competition. The afternoon line-up of events also includes a BBQ Pit Masters Competition, cornhole tournament and live performance from nationally acclaimed talent. The Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival is made possible through our dedicated sponsors: Walgreens, The City of Pompano Beach, Broward College, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Underground Music, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits of Florida and many others: https://gridirongrilloff.com/sponsors-2019/. For tickets or for more information, please visit https://gridirongrilloff.com/.
About Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge
The Kick Hunger Challenge is an online-only fundraising campaign spearheaded by Taste of the NFL. This friendly “competition” pits fans from all 32 NFL teams against each other to raise money for food banks in NFL communities nationwide. Throughout the 2019 football season, and through Super Bowl Weekend, fans have the opportunity to support one of the 32 NFL teams and directly impact the donation of thousands of meals to food banks in their team’s community. The national initiative will match the donations raised by the Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival to support Feeding South Florida, a hunger relief organization that serves 25 percent of Florida’s food insecure population.
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