Time to Tailgate

No matter the weather or whether you’re a fan, football is back! September means fans all over the Triangle gather at their respective stadiums on the weekends to cheer on their teams.

Do you have your gameday outfit ready for this week? Is your cooler packed? What’s on this week’s tailgate menu? If you’re tailgating this season, stop at Cameron Village first for everything you need before kickoff.

Gameday Looks

Showing your team spirit is the most important thing when piecing together a gameday look. The Impeccable Pig has looks to keep you feeling great from the tailgate party into overtime.

Sales Associate Alexa Lawrence offers great options for any fan wanting to show school spirit. “We have a ton of easy, light dresses for the games that are still very hot this time of year.” She added gameday spirit buttons or other accessories with team colors to a black sundress. Lawrence says pairing a denim vest with a dress takes the look into games in cooler weather.    

Spirit buttons on a denim vest with a sundress at The Impeccable Pig

Lawrence says clear stadium bags at The Impeccable Pig are very popular for female fans who want to carry essentials into the game with them.

“Any woman of any age who’s an NC State fan loves these bags. We’ve even had women who aren’t NC State fans get them because there are strict rules and regulations about bags to get into the stadium. These meet all the regulations for a see-through bag of a certain size,” says Lawrence.

There are plenty of red and white bags for ladies who back the Pack on Saturdays. If you go with the clear bag with the black trim you can always take that one to Charlotte with you for the Carolina Panthers game on Sunday.

Sales Associates at The Impeccable pig model clear stadium bags perfect for tailgating.

Spirit Gear

The place to find what you need to show your Wolfpack pride is Alumni Hall. Stop at the most spirited store at Cameron Village to find what you need for an NCSU game. Find Yeti coolers with the NC State logo or even cornhole boards for everyone’s favorite tailgate game.

Remember, all students and Wolfpack Club members get 10% off at Alumni Hall. Go Pack!

Left: NCSU Yeti cooler and other mugs and cups for a tailgate Right: NCSU Cornhole board and beanbags

Football Feast

If it’s your week to bring the food, Cameron Village has something for every fan’s appetite. What’s a tailgate without chicken? Head to the coolest, two-story, state-of-the-art Chick-Fil-A for a delicious tray of nuggets to feed the whole crew. Get tubs of different dipping sauces for each palate.

Cameron Village Chick-Fil-A Manager and Catering/Marketing Director, Genneice Sanders says Saturdays before college games are busy. You can pick up trays ahead of time, “Nugget Trays and Chicken Mini Trays are definitely popular items for Tailgating. However, We highly recommend our chilled nugget trays. They can be picked up the night before and reheated the morning of. These particular trays come with reheating instructions for the guest,” Sanders says.

Planning a breakfast tailgate for those noon games? Order Chick-Fil-A breakfast items like Chicken Mini Trays, Chicken Biscuits and Sausage Biscuits. Managers say ordering on the website or the Chick-Fil-A app is the fastest way to get your gameday order quickly. Sanders says, “We recommend using the Chick-Fil-A One App. This helps the customers gain points to redeem for treats. Also allows the customer to prepay for their catering order and receive an email confirmation.” Visit: https://www.cfarestaurant.com/cameronvillage/home

Of course we’re in the south, so don’t forget the gallons of sweet tea and lemonade!

Dyani Debnam, Team Leader and Training Director Assistant, prepares a tray of nuggets for a tailgate.

Left: Outside Cameron Village’s Cafe Carolina and Bakery Right: A delicious sweet potato biscuit

Another option for breakfast before the game is Cafe Carolina and Bakery. Find the pretty blue umbrellas and you’ll know you’re there. Locally owned and operated since 1995, fresh made baked goods and fresh brewed coffee to-go are perfect for fall mornings outside the stadium.

Try one of Cafe Carolina’s breakfast trays. The Morning Glories Breakfast Sampler includes breakfast favorites, including muffins, croissants, apple basket pastries, sweet potato biscuits, and chocolate croissants. Order online and get it early! https://cafecarolina.com/catering/breakfast-trays/

Moe’s catering van at the Cameron Village Moe’s

Have you spotted this sunny van around the Village? Maybe it’s headed to cater a party, business function or even a tailgate? If you’re in the mood for southwest before the game, your Cameron Village Moe’s has fajita, taco or salad bars to-go.  With a ton of fresh, warm and flavorful ingredients, Moe’s boxed burritos mean the whole tailgate party can fill up before kickoff. Don’t forget bundles of Moe’s famous queso, drinks and desserts.

To order visit: https://www.moes.com/find-a-moes/north_carolina/raleigh/150  and be sure to tell your fellow fans, “Welcome to Moe’s!”

Left: Gameday treats in red and white Right: NCSU football balloons

Finish off that tailgate table with goodies like cookie cakes or cupcakes in team colors from your Cameron Village Harris Teeter. Use your VIC Card to save on goodies. Just try to save them for halftime. They’re so delicious, they might not make it to kickoff!

Need to fill your cooler? Harris Teeter’s extensive beer selection has a foreign or domestic brew for every fan’s taste.

Just part of the beer aisle at Harris Teeter in Cameron Village

Oh! Look what we spotted at Harris Teeter….

And you thought we only pulled for the Wolfpack at Cameron Village. No, we welcome shades of blue too. Just don’t expect us to cheer for the other team. Happy Football Season!

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