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Fans sample food at last year’s Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl’s Tailgate Party. COURTESY PHOTO

Fans sample food at last year’s Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl’s Tailgate Party. COURTESY PHOTO

As college football teams are vying to be bowl-eligible, fans in Palm Beach County can cheer on their community at the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl’s Tailgate Party, presented by FPL from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall.

There will be plenty of tailgate-inspired tastings served up by popular chefs and mixologists and meet-and-greet opportunities with ESPN on-air personalities who will be on-site and broadcasting live. The evening benefits Spirit of Giving’s annual year-end holiday gift drive that benefits more than 4,000 in Palm Beach County.

Guests are encouraged to come out wearing their alma mater or favorite college team’s colors and jerseys to mix-and-mingle with fellow college football fans and community partners.

As one of the lead-in events for the sixth annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl, the chefs enjoy a friendly competition of their own “takes on tailgate classics” ranging from sides and entrees to beverages and desserts. Guests get to cast their own votes for the “People’s Choice” award.


The event will attract chefs, brew masters and mixologists from places as varied as Applebee’s, Bolay, Ceasar’s Famous Ribs, Citrus Distillers, CW Kitchen & Bar, Fling Craft Cocktails, Lynora’s, Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox, Mazies, Morton’s The Steakhouse and Twin Peaks.

This year, FPL, the presenting sponsor of the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl’s Tailgate Party, and the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl are teaming up to showcase and support robotics teams across South Florida throughout the 2019 college football season. Robotics teams across the county are at work building or modifying existing robots that will compete against each other to kick a field goal. The winning team will be awarded a $5,000 grant, courtesy of FPL, and the opportunity to be featured on field during the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl game to showcase their robot kicking a field goal through the uprights. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Robotics Program’s participating teams.

“When you combine FPL, football, fun, food and fundraising for a meaningful cause, your ‘game play’ delivers on so many levels,” said Doug Mosley, executive director of the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl that is set to kick off on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 3:30 p.m. at FAU Stadium. “Can’t wait to see what’s cooking for this year’s outdoor tailgate fest at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall as we raise funds for our Bowl’s charity partner. Spirit of Giving.”

Tickets to the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl’s Tailgate Party are $25 advance purchase, $35 at door. That includes all food and drink tastings, entertainment,e and open barb serving cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks. To buy tickets, visit Spirit of Giving at www.spiritofgivingnetwork.org or call 561-385-0144.