Sauces and Sounds at the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off

April 23, 2014
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Come to where the beach meets the brisket. 50 barbeque teams will be cooking to compete for over $12,000 in cash, and guests can enjoy live entertainment and family fun activities.

 The Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off  is a phenomenal two-day event held on August 23 and 24,   with just a $5 admission fee.  50 professional and amateur teams will be cooking up their best, and, if you love great live music, this is the place to celebrate Summer.  Orlando-based RockIt Fly will bring the hits of the 80s to life with a light and sound show, the Beech Street Blues band (with special guests 'The Blues Brothers") will get your feet moving, the Dirt Floor Krackers bring you classic country covers and the Bama Gamblers will rock the beach with a blend of Muscle Shoals and electrified soul. Make it a Weekend Getaway!

Returning as the host hotel for the event, the Residence Inn by Marriott of Amelia Island is offering amazing rates and all the amenities you need for a fun weekend on the island. Enjoy rates as low as $109, as well as free transportation to and from the Cook-off all weekend, free full hot breakfast, and access to the hotel’s evening socials. Book online at or call 904-277-2440.

Amelia Hotel will be offering a special DEAL rate for that weekend with rooms starting at $119 for standard rooms.  Prices on other room types will vary,visit

The Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, the only luxury resort within a two-minute walking distance of the event, is offering visitors with a 15 percent discount on all two- or more night stays at the Lodge, during the Cook-off weekend. For reservations, call 904-277-4851, or visit

ERA Fernandina Beach Reality is offering a free night to guests who stay at least three nights (applies to stays that include either of the nights of Friday, Aug.22 or Saturday, Aug. 23). This is valid for selected properties for any new reservations. Rates are subject to all applicable taxes and fees.

The Fairbanks House is offering a Cook-off package that includes 15 percent off three nights in any room, or a fourth night free, as well as free bottle of Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and bag of Southern Slush Mix. Guests will also be treated to gourmet breakfasts and evening social hours with adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres. This offer is available for new bookings only, may not be combined with any other offers, and must be booked online. Mention code STC14 when making your reservation.

The Hoyt House Cook-off package includes two free tickets to the cook-off and 15 percent off any room. This offer is limited to a two-night minimum stay, and cannot be combined with any other special offer.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering 15 percent off their best available rate during the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off weekend.  Call 888-261-6161 and reference the promotion code “cookoff.” Reservations may also be confirmed online at using the same promotion code.

The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island welcomes summer with the launch of “Weekday Breakaway” package during the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, with $500 in resort credits. This offer is valid weekdays near the Cook-off event: August 17-19 and 24-28. Guests may reserve the three- or more nights “Weekend Breakaway” now through August 28, 2014. For reservations, call 800-241-3333 or visit      


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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.