Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 - Residence Inn Amelia Island
Residence Inn Amelia Island Offers Great Rates, Prizes for Weekend Event

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- Wet wipes aren't just for kids -- barbecue-lovers know it's not a real meal unless it ends with at least a few of them. Those who are in search of their next lipsmackin' good meal should plan on attending the 4th Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, taking place near the event's host hotel, the Residence Inn Amelia Island.

On August 23rd and 24th, this crowd-favorite Amelia Island event, sanctioned by The Kansas City Barbecue Society, will take over the main area of Fernandina Beach, pitting more than 50 amateur and professional barbecue teams against each other to compete for the title and a $20,000 prize.

While admission and parking are free, there are two special events that require an entry fee. The VIP Pig Pub ($5) is a shaded area with a prime view of the stage. Here visitors can keep cool under fans and enjoy drinks and food at tables or at the bar. Beer is available for purchase throughout the festival, but the Pig Pub is the only place where margaritas are for sale, too. Those who want a hand in deciding the winner should purchase a wristband ($10, includes voting tokens) for the People's Choice Contest from noon to 2pm on Saturday. Guests can sample entries from each team and use their 10 tokens to vote for their favorites (or give all 10 to the same team).

Returning for its 4th year as the Cookoff's host hotel, the Residence Inn Amelia Island is offering a special Amelia Island hotel deal for that weekend, which includes special rates and the ability to book through a dedicated Web page (http://cwp.marriott.com/jaxar/greatsoutherntailgate). It is also hosting a Facebook contest, where wristbands to the People's Choice Contest and official event t-shirts are up for grabs. The hotel's complimentary island shuttle will also be ready to take guests to and from the event.

While fun is certainly at the center of this finger-licking good time, all the proceeds from the event go to benefit the Gator Bowl Association, a nonprofit that focuses on education and youth in North Florida. For more information on the 4th Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff, visit www.gstailgatecookoff.com/

About the Residence Inn Amelia Island
Just two blocks away from beautiful beaches, the Residence Inn Amelia Island offers extended-stay accommodations that invite relaxation and the release of life's stresses. Studio, one- and two-bedroom suites feature a pull-out sofa, complimentary high-speed Internet access, at least one 37-inch HDTV and kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, stovetop, dishwasher and coffeemaker; two-bedroom suites include a full oven. Guests can take the complimentary shuttle to the beach, or hop on a hotel bike and pedal to their spot in the sand, around the historic downtown area or to Fort Clinch State Park. Get some exercise at the fitness center, outdoor pool or putting green. Stay fueled with a full hot complimentary breakfast each morning and social hour, with food, beer and wine, most evenings. Those looking for a unique meeting location or special event venue can host more than 100 guests in this hotel in downtown Fernandina Beach's more than 1,100 square feet of event space.

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P: 1-904-277-2440
W: www.marriott.com/hotels/event-planning/travel/jaxar-residence-inn-amelia-island/

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