John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival


Walgreens John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival is a weekend-long celebration that pairs celebrity chefs in South Florida with NFL legends to create signature grilled dishes. The annual event continues to grow each year, drawing an average of 3,000 attendees. Refreshed and renamed by title sponsor Walgreens, the festival is slated for November 9-11, 2018 and will feature a variety of new activities, in large part due to new and returning sponsors who have been drawn to the successful nine-year-old event.   The ninth annual Gridiron Grill-Off will feature three nights of concerts and an all new family-friendly BBQ Pit Masters Competition hosted by Ronald R Ramon Heller, former NFL offensive tackle and assistant offensive line coach for the New York Jets.

Beginning at 1 p.m. on November 10, the Grand Grill-Off will again pair South Florida’s top chefs with Miami Dolphin legends to create signature dishes for guests to enjoy. Perfectly complementing the pairs’ delicious grilled recipes will be libations from new and returning beverage sponsors. Newly added partner Bacardi Rum will serve a signature spiced rum cocktail, while returning sponsor Casamigos Tequila will serve a variety of unique margaritas for fans to try. Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Larceny Bourbon, Yuengling Traditional Lager and Boston Beer have also signed on to enhance the event’s offerings, while new sponsor Fresh Point South Florida will partner with the UHealth Clinic at Walgreens to set up a hydration station to keep guests refreshed throughout the afternoon.

Returning to this year’s festival as a naming rights sponsor, Southeast Toyota Distributors will debut its ‘Toyota Cornhole Stadium & Festival Stage,’ which will host a series of cornhole games and tournaments throughout the weekend for both attendees and ACL professionals to take part in. Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa returns as host hotel, this year extending a special weekend getaway package to invite out-of-town guests to enjoy the festive foodie weekend in South Florida.

“Since 2010, the Gridiron Grill-Off has grown to create truly memorable experiences for event attendees,” said John Offerdahl, festival founder and former Miami Dolphins All-Pro Linebacker. “We are honored to welcome so many incredible new sponsors to our event this year, helping us extend the festival in some exciting new ways, and enhancing the impact we can make on the community with the Offerdahl Scholarship Fund and our new relationship with Broward College.”

Since 2012, the grilling competition has granted over $275,000 to foster care and homeless agencies in South Florida through Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation and Home Team Advantage Initiative. New this year, the proceeds will benefit the Broward College Foundation in the form of grants and merit-based scholarships.

General admission for the Grand Grill-Off is $85 per person, and $125 per person for VIP. Tickets to the BBQ Pit Masters event are $10 for adults and free for kids 4 and under, and concert tickets start at $30 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit

BBQ Pitmasters Competition

The 2018 edition of John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival will include an all-new, family-friendly BBQ Pit Masters competition hosted by Ronald Ramon Heller, former NFL offensive tackle and assistant offensive line coach for the New York Jets.

The Florida BBQ Sanctioned competition will showcase 40 pit masters competing to win a grand champion trophy and more than $10,000 in cash prizes. Teams will compete in four categories: chicken, pork, brisket and ribs. Included in their $10 ticket price, attendees will have the opportunity to taste ten 1-ounce samples of delicious BBQ hot off the grill and vote in the People’s Choice BBQ competition.

The competition takes place from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, as part of this year’s much-anticipated weekend-long celebration. Attendees will enjoy an authentic experience with craft barbecue, live entertainment, and a family-friendly Kid Zone for adults and children of all ages.


BBQ Pit Masters 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Grand Grill-Off 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Closing Ceremonies & Cornhole Finals 4:00pm – 5:30pm


The Seminole Hard Rock Live Concert Series powered by the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB’s partnership with AEG Presents will feature performances by Vince Gill, Barenaked Ladies, and Daughtry.


VIP Admission ($125-$140) 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Grand Grill-Off w/General Admission ($85-$100) 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Cornhole Championship 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Tickets to the Festival events are All-Inclusive including a complimentary wine glass from IKEA to use throughout your day of sampling and to take home as a souvenir when you’re all done filling up. VIP ticket holders also receive early entry, special access and gifts not available to the general public.

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Date(s) - 11/10/2018
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Pompano Beach Amphitheater (The Amp)