10 Tailgating Tips for Eventers, Presented by Great Meadow International

Summer is here, which means tailgating season is in full swing at eventing competitions all across the world. The Brook Ledge Great Meadow International, the only FEI Nations Cup leg in North America, teamed up with EN to bring you top tips for your next tailgate.

Be sure to mark your calendars to attend Great Meadow International, July 6-8, in The Plains, Virginia!

1.  Freeze water bottles to use as ice packs to save space in your cooler. Bonus: when they melt, you’ll have ice cold water.

2. Label your coolers to make finding a drink easy.

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3. Use cupcake liners and straws over the top of drinks to keep bugs out.

4. Prepare food items as kabobs for grab-and-go snacking. You can serve virtually anything on a skewer, from breakfast to antipasto! (Recipe here.)

5. Pack to-go salads to go in plastic tumblers to for an easy, healthy side. (Recipe here.)

6. Give mason jars a try! They are cookware and serving vessel all in one, making breakfast, lunch and dessert a breeze. Check out 16 Mason Jar Meals here.

7. Bring weights to keep your tablecloths from blowing away — horseshoes are great for this!

8. Use a picnic caddy to organize flatware, napkins and plates organizes. Looking for a quick and inexpensive option — try repurposing a six-pack container.

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9. Keep drinks and dishes chilled with an awesome inflatable serving bars.

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10. Bring a big bin to pack up dirty dishes and make cleanup a breeze.

Put these tips to the test by entering the 2018 Great Meadow International Tailgate Contest sponsored by Red Truck Bakery.

The 2018 Great Meadow International Tailgate Contest sponsored by Red Truck Bakery will take place on Sunday, July 8 during cross country. The theme is “Around the World” to celebrate the Nations Cup. Scores will be based on interpretation of the theme, creativity and aesthetic appeal.

All tailgate holders, including Fleming Farm Tailgates, Arena Tailgates and Swan Lake Tailgates, are eligible to win. Contenders do not need to enter in advance and there is no entry fee. Reserve a Great Meadow International Tailgate here.

Red Truck Bakery, the official bakery of Great Meadow, was founded 10 years ago by Brian Noyes in his Virginia Piedmont farmhouse. The bakery now has two Fauquier County locations in Marshall and Warrenton, each just a short drive to the north or south of Great Meadow.

Red Truck Bakery serves a variety of breakfast and lunch fare for eating in or carry-out, and produces award-winning breads, cakes, pies and other baked goods that will surely enhance your tailgating experience. In addition to visiting the two retail locations, you can ship Red Truck Bakery items nationwide for delivery to your door or as a gift for friends and family at redtruckbakery.com.