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Gridiron Grill-Off: Where Food, Wine & Music Unite

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Sizzling Rivalries and Sensational Tastes Ignite at the Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival!

November 10th, 2018

The eagerly awaited festival has arrived!! Now in its 9th year, the Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival continued its reputation as the best-valued food and wine event in the region. This highly anticipated event brought together Miami Dolphin legends, renowned South Florida restaurants, BBQ pit masters, and nationally acclaimed artists for a weekend filled with delicious food, exquisite wine, and exceptional music.

Located at the scenic Pompano Beach Amphitheater and Park, the festival was organized by John Offerdahl and benefited his Hand Off Foundation, which supported various charitable causes. The festival showcased a thrilling grilling competition where Miami Dolphin legends and top South Florida restaurants battled it out for grilling supremacy. The aroma of sizzling meats wafted through the air as attendees eagerly awaited the culinary masterpieces.

Among the attendees was former Miami Dolphins star defensive end, Jeff Cross, who had been a loyal supporter of the festival, missing only the very first one. Chatting with Jeff, he expressed his excitement about the event and the delicious food he was paired with a chef to offer. He raved about their signature creation, the juicy Bloody Mary Burger slider. Topped with a tantalizing bloody mary mayonnaise, the slider ignited a welcoming taste that delighted the senses.

Jeff, known for his competitive spirit, had also signed up for the cornhole tournament during the Grand Grill-Off. He was determined to secure a spot in the top 16 leaderboard and ultimately vie for the cornhole championship title. Excitement filled the air as festival attendees engaged in friendly competitions, savoring the opportunity to showcase their skills while enjoying the lively atmosphere.

Throughout the weekend, attendees indulged in gourmet samples grilled to perfection by renowned chefs, pairing their culinary delights with the finest wines and spirits available. The festival’s food offerings were unparalleled, with mouthwatering ribs, pork slabs, sliders to sushi rolls and so much more captivating the taste buds of every visitor. The festival’s vibrant ambiance, live music performances, and delicious aromas created an unforgettable experience that kept attendees coming back year after year.

As the festival reached its peak, the buzz surrounding Jeff’s booth grew louder. People had heard about the sliders offered there, and the long line stretched from the booth was a testament to its popularity. Jeff’s confidence was palpable as he assured everyone that they had brought their A-game.

As the event concluded, the success of the Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival became evident. Not only did it provide a weekend of unforgettable experiences, but it also raised substantial funds for Offerdahl’s Hand Off Foundation. The foundation’s charitable endeavors would continue to make a positive impact in the community, thanks to the support and enthusiasm of festival attendees.

With the aroma of grilled delicacies lingering in the air, the sound of laughter and music fading away, and the memories of an exceptional weekend etched in their hearts, attendees eagerly anticipated the next edition of the Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival. Until then, they would cherish the moments, flavors, and friendships forged during this extraordinary celebration of food, wine, and music in the heart of South Florida…and of course our love for the Miami Dolphins.

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • Shawn Wooden and fans at John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©So

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • Tony Nathan at John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©So

  • OrangeTuxGuy with former Dolphins Louis Oliver at John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • OrangeTuxGuy with former Dolphins RB Terry Kirby at John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • Channing Crowder with fans at John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©So

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • Jeff Cross with fans at John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©So

  • OrangeTuxGuy with former Dolphin Shawn Wooden at John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • OrangeTuxGuy in a fun cornhole competition with former Dolphins RB Terry Kirby at John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • OrangeTuxGuy in a pic with Mark Clayton at Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • OrangeTuxGuy with Troy Strafford. John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • OrangeTuxGuy with Jim "Crash" Jensen. John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • OrangeTuxGuy with Mark Higgs. John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©South Florida Insider

  • Mark Duper at John Offerdahl's Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©So

  • John Offerdahl and Warrick Dunn at Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival. ©So

Coach is South Florida Insider's Owner, President, Webmaster, as well as a Reporter and Photographer covering events all over the world. Born in West Palm Beach, Coach continues to call the sunny Florida area home. He received his Associate degree from the University of South Florida, then transferred to the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism & Communications. During his journalistic career, which has been featured in local newspapers and magazines as well as national publications, Coach has also continued his love of being an educator. It’s through both endeavors that he’s actively got students interested in following in the field of journalism. Coach loves sharing the world of entertainment with others and giving people the opportunity to step out of the everyday life.

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