Austinites score a ton of fun at CultureMap's first-ever Tailgate party
Austin's biggest sports fans partied overtime at CultureMap's newest signature event, The Tailgate.
Held at Distribution Hall on November 3, the celebration of all things sports attracted a crowd ready to have some game day fun.
And they certainly didn't go hungry. Past CultureMap Tastemaker Awards winners and nominees brought snacks galore, from sliders to grilled corn to chicken wings and more.
Guests could vote for their favorite munchies, leading to San Antonio's The Jerk Shack taking home the trophy for their Caribbean ceviche and rum raisin brownie bites. Bratwurst with beer onions from Koko's Bavarian and cookies and milk from Mare Made cookies also earned raves. Drool over a full list of the snacks here.
Those looking to scoop up ideas for their next watch party could sample catering from Whole Foods Market, then walk away with a stadium-approved clear backpack filled with snacks, samples, and coupons for future purchases.
No one's cup ran dry, thanks to bars stocked with Real Ale Brewing Co. beers, Austin Cocktails, and specialty drinks featuring Dripping Springs Vodka and Brothers Bond Bourbon.
Three previous Tastemaker Awards Brewery of the Year winners were serving up suds samples to thirsty tailgaters: Meanwhile Brewing, Dorcol Distilling & Brewing Co., and Blue Owl Brewing.
In between bites and sips, guests browsed a silent auction stuffed with valuable sports memorabilia, with a portion of proceeds benefitting our nonprofit partners.
Attendees could also learn more about and donate to each of the event's nonprofit partners.
Save Muny co-chair Scotty Sayers, board member Ed Clements, and local golf professional Joe Beck were talking all things golf for Save Muny (The Muny Conservancy). As the first public course in the South to racially desegregate, Lions Municipal Golf Course is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Muny Conservancy was created in 2019 to help permanently preserve and improve this iconic Austin recreational green space, and to help make sure all 141 acres are saved for future generations to enjoy, with affordable golf, public accessibility, the civil rights history of the site, and promotion of the game in mind.
Former Longhorn legend Derrick Johnson signed autographs and posed for pics in support of his foundation, Defend the Dream. Started in 2012, the foundation connects low-income and inner city youths with better resources and opportunities. Recently, the foundation presented Austin’s first Discovery Den to Oak Springs Elementary School. Defend the Dream has been installing Discovery Dens in other schools for years, transforming school library spaces into well-stocked, football-themed reading areas with bright colors and lots of seating.
Spotted among the sea of jerseys were David Lyne, Amber Hart-Lyne, Ashley Nwonuma, Dominique McLeggan, Gina Dhaddey, Dom Powel, Amy Cole, Spencer McGee, Lauren Glanzer, Dana Plumpe, Richie and Carlie Berry, and Sabrina and Ricardo Cortez.