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tailgating tips

Football season is here! And whether you bleed blue & orange or prefer to wear a wedge of cheese, the one thing that brings all fans together is an awesome & tasty tailgating experience. Check out these tailgating tips below on creating a championship spread:

Think Outside the Endzone – Burgers, brats and hotdogs are synonymous with pre-football festivities. Why not surprise your guests by putting together a menu that features tasty appetizers and dishes from Food Network’s Top 50 Tailgating recipes including Three-Cheese-and-Artichoke Calzones and Roasted Jalapeno Poppers or a scrumptious Buffalo Chicken Dip using PHILADELPHIA Tailgate Recipes from companies like Kraft? If your tailgate party starts before noon, consider making items such as bacon tacos (bacon folded inside pancakes), breakfast casseroles and skillet meals.

Try Something New – Catching a game outside of Illinois? Try extraordinary local IPAs, Pale Ales and Stouts that are unavailable outside their market, with a stop at craft breweries like New Glarus Brewing Company, Toppling Goliath Brewing, and 3 Floyds Brewing Co. Many of these hoppy beverages can also be found at area markets in towns like Green Bay, Milwaukee and Iowa City.

tailgating tips

One-Stop Shopping – Buy tailgating supplies like tents, portable grills, games and more online at sites like The American Tailgater Company; many items can be customized to feature your favorite team – including college & baseball

Cool as a Coozie – Freeze water bottles the night before your party to use as ice packs. The bottles will keep your meats and side dishes cold before reaching your favorite tailgating spot and will serve as non-alcoholic thirst-quenchers before and after the game.

When buying tailgating supplies use a DuPage Credit Union Visa® Debit Card – each time you use your card in the month of September you earn a chance to win 2 tickets to a Chicago Bears™ game, as part of our 12 Months, 12 Prizes giveaway1.

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