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Del Mar Opening Day with VAVi

Don your best hats and dress to impress at this year’s Del Mar Opening Day! You’re invited to experience the utmost exclusive and fabulous event with VAVi. Celebrate the return of horse racing season and get your ticket to the most sensational festivity of the year at the Del Mar Race Track.  Get ready to be a part of the greatest party in San Diego!

Ticket Package Includes:

  • Pre-Party

    Get the party started early: head over to your PB, Downtown or North County select Sponsor Bar for exclusive access to the Del Mar Opening Day with VAVi Pre Party! Enjoy good company, great vibes and some drink specials before your round trip transport picks you up right outside to take you to The Track!

  • Round Trip Bus Transportation

    Your round trip bus transportation will pick you up right outside of your Pre Party! Buses will be fully stocked with beer and other alcohol, plus you can bring your own. All buses will have working AC and stereo system so you can keep the party cool.

  • VIP Entrance

    Once you arrive at The Track – don’t worry about hanging around in lines, waiting to get in. VAVi has your hookup with exclusive VIP access to the race track. Your bus will drop you off right by the VIP entrance so ‘comfortable shoes’ are NOT needed!

  • Access to ‘The Party'

    Not only does your Del Mar Opening Day with VAVi include your ticket to the track, but you also get access to ‘The Party’. VAVi will have it’s own exclusive section for you here which will include additional seating and that all important shade. There will also be additional bars and betting booths in this section!

Opening Day Ticket Package

$65

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Pre Party

Get the party started early: head over to your PB, Downtown or North County select Sponsor Bar for exclusive access to the Del Mar Opening Day with VAVi Pre Party! Enjoy good company, great vibes and some drink specials before your round trip transport picks you up right outside to take you to The Track!

Round Trip Transportation

Your round trip bus transportation will pick you up right outside of your Pre Party! Buses will be fully stocked with beer and other alcohol. All buses will have working AC and stereo system so you can keep the party cool.

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VIP Entrance

Once you arrive at The Track – don’t worry about hanging around in lines, waiting to get in. VAVi has your hookup with exclusive VIP access to the race track. Your bus will drop you off right by the VIP entrance so ‘comfortable shoes’ are NOT needed!

Access to 'The Party'

Not only does your Del Mar Opening Day with VAVi include your ticket to the track, but you also get access to ‘The Party’. VAVi will have it’s own exclusive section for you here which will include additional seating and that all important shade. There will also be additional bars and betting booths in this section!

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BETTING

Always wanted to bet at the Race Tracks but have no idea how? Check out THIS BLOG to learn how to bet and what your betting options are. You’re welcome 🙂

TAVERN AT THE BEACH • MAY 19TH

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Complimentary drinks, appetizers + more!

VAVi is excited to announce our next Players Party at Tavern at The Beach in PB!

We will be holding your Players Party on May 19th. Join us from 12 – 4pm at Tavern in PB where we’ll be hosting a free (first come first serve) BBQ including complimentary drinks on VAVi plus some fun games. Winning teams take home cool prizes.

 Don’t be left out, RSVP to get your name on the list and secure your spot at the Players Party – space is limited!

All attendees MUST RSVP to get on the list.

Drink Specials:

  • $3 Coors Light
  • $4 Jameson shots
  • $5 Shark Bites (Malibu, Blue Curacao and Grenadine)

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VAVi’s is taking over OMNIA for the Summer Players Party!

Join VAVi on May 18th for an unforgettable night of fun at OMNIA!

VAVi will be taking over OMNIA to offer you an hour of complimentary HOSTED BAR with FREE RSVP! Dress to impress and enjoy your complimentary drinks – exclusively for VAVi Players – from 9:30-10:30pm then stay for the after party with Wild @ Heart.

RSVP now to get on the Guestlist for The Takeover!

Event Name: Atlanta Grilled Cheese Fest

Date: 4/13/19

Time: 11:30am – 6pm

Cost: GA: $28 (avg.) Grilled Cheese Lovers: $40

Activities: Tastings, Live Music, Tailgate Games, Bloody Mary Garden, Kidzone, Community Vendors

Event Producers: Atlanta Sport and Social Club

Number of participants: 4,400

Contact info: Catie@atlantasportandsocialclub.com or Michelle@atlantasportandsocialclub.com

Fun Facts about the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Event

A FOOD FESTIVAL OF DELICIOUS PROPORTIONS The Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival is coming BACK in 2019 for our cheesiest fest yet on Saturday, April 13th, 2019! Join us to celebrate #NationalGrilledCheeseDay this year with restaurants from all over Atlanta serving up bites of melty, cheesy goodness for your tasting pleasure.

General Admission Tickets include admission to the festival, your first (3) grilled cheese samples, plus live music, and access to our Adult Game Zone and Bloody Mary Garden (21+ if applicable).

​Cheese Lover’s Tickets include admission to the festival, your first (6) grilled cheese samples, event koozie, and (2) beer/wines, plus live music, and access to our Adult Game Zone and Bloody Mary Garden (21+ if applicable).

Question & Answer on the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Fest

Interviewer- Felix Goodson, SSIA Events Chair and your Friend

Interviewee- Michelle Fasig, Event Manager, Atlanta Sport and Social

How did your event go?

The event went great! We had over 25 participating restaurants this year serving over 50 different versions of Grilled Cheese. The People’s Choice Winner of the day was from Babalu: Deep Fried Muenster Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes and Candied Bacon. Who doesn’t love deep fried cheese?

Did you hit your goal on numbers of people and overall profit? We did hit our attendance goal, but are still hoping to grow the event even more. As far as profit, we are happy with what we brought in- the Bloody Mary Garden was a huge success- but what we are even more pleased with is the fact that we raised over $5,000 for our charity partners in one afternoon.

What were some of highlights besides the fact that grilled cheese was your main pleaser? We booked some awesome local bands for the event this year that brought a very fun vibe to the overall event. The other biggest crowd pleaser had to have been the Bloody Mary Garden- that tent was consistently slammed. We invited local food vendors to provide samples for the Bloody Marys to “customize” their drink- the bourbon bacon was a huge hit. We also had a build your own toppings bar, multiple types of hot sauce, and three different types of Bloody Mary options. This space was strictly 21+ and included Giant Jenga, corn hole and separate hi-tops. I think attendees appreciated an adult-only zone. We didn’t leave the kids out completely though, we also had a kid zone.

How many pounds of Grilled Cheese were consumed at the event? Over 1,500 lbs. of cheese were harmed in the making of this festival.

What one item did you do different from last year to this year that made a big difference in the right direction? One of the most time consuming and challenging pieces of producing this event is connecting with the restaurants and selling them on the concept. Explaining to a seafood restaurant or a healthy food truck why they should spend their Saturday at our event serving grilled cheese samples when it’s out of their wheelhouse can be a longer conversation. This year we brought on a local PR firm who specializes in the restaurant industry, Via Failla LLC, to help expedite those conversations. This was a game changer for us, as it helped open doors to multiple top Atlanta restaurants and got a lot of attention on social media.

What’s that one item you could of done to make it just a little more over the top? I would love to have everyone at check-in in Grilled Cheese costumes. Or, maybe we even have a “cheesy” costume contest. There are lot of fun ideas left to explore with this concept. Maybe next year the trophies we give out to our first place winners are giant cheese shaped trophies?

Any surprises that you could share that just happen in the event world? Nothing will ever be perfect and event day will be spent pivoting and changing things on the fly. At this event specifically, we had over 75 different vendors including sponsors, community vendors and restaurants. Each of those has their own individual needs and questions. The day of the event is making sure all of these people have what they need to succeed and make the experience fun for attendees. We are a pretty difficult team to “surprise” at this point, but that’s the whole point- we never know what could happen. That’s part of the fun.

If you had one superpower you could have for event day what would it be and why? (Ex. Being invisible/see through things/lift anything?) Super strength and flying for sure! Super strength just because I feel like I’m constantly moving things around and would love to be able to scoop everything up in one go. Flying for two reasons, one so I can get to places a little quicker without snaking through the crowds, but also to give my feet a break.

Any advice on someone thinking about trying an event like yours in the future? Start recruiting restaurants as soon as possible and be prepared to talk numbers and marketing opportunities first thing. Know your expected attendance, how many food items they need to prepare and their expected revenue, but at the same time- keep it short and sweet. For an event this scale, all forms of communication quickly become your lifeline. I let all my vendors have my cell phone number and was able to answer quick questions via text when I was out of the office.

How would you have rated your own event from a scale of 1-10…10 being a Super Bowl level event and 1 being a Fyre Festival bust? Based on my own experience, attendee feedback and vendor feedback- I’d place us at a solid 8. Our team rocked this event and the majority of attendees had a “gouda” time! That being said, we get better and better each year- so there is always opportunity to get even better.

What would you say is the most interesting vibe about your event compared to the other copy cats? Our team has a passion for creating unique, memorable experiences. The most interesting vibe is our attention to the little moments throughout the festival. Attendees had the opportunity to “text to vote” for their favorite sandwich at the event, we had local amateur chefs compete in a head to head competition to see who could cook up the best grilled cheese, we had a full kid zone with face painters, festival games and balloon animals and unique vendor experiences like a shopping boutique inside a bus! While the event is all about the Grilled Cheese, we pay attention to additional ways to engage our attendees and keep them interested at every stop at the event.

Plans for this event in the future? To continue to scale. I would also love to see the competition part of this festival take off. We’ve been toying with it and tweaking it over the past few years, and it is another layer of this festival that gets our chefs and restaurants really excited. They all get super competitive and put out some ridiculous and delicious combinations.

Where do you envision this event in 5 years? I can see this event quickly outgrowing the space we grew into this year- Atlantic Station. In five years, I have no doubts that we will be able to get 40-50+ restaurants onboard and take over an even larger footprint. I don’t see the cheese fandom dying down anytime soon, and I am just excited to continue to find ways to scale this event while incorporating different twists each year.

Thank you Michelle for all your answers and sharing your experience. I am sure our readers will get a few gems out of this recap.

Readers, please let me know if you found this Q&A helpful. Feedback and questions always welcome. If you have an event you want highlighted or would like to see some other questions asked for future events please email felix@govavi.com.

PADRES VS GIANTS

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  • GAME TICKET in the VAVi Section (Upgraded Field Pavillion or Upper Deck Seating)
  • Access to the PRE-PARTY TAKEOVER at The Deck at Moonshine Flats
  • 1 DRINK TICKET + Games and Giveaways at Pre-Party
  • After-Party VIP ENTRANCE with wristband (pending capacity)

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For customer service inquiries and seating requests please contact Nicky at nlithgow@govavi.com.

It’s the home opener weekend for the Padres and they’re taking on the 2014 World Series Champions, the Giants. Start the season off right with a party and go see the game live with VAVi!

Experience the MLB like never before: Pre-game with VAVi, enjoy games, giveaways, drinks, music and more, then once the game starts, head into exclusive seating in our VAVi section in Petco Park! After the game head over to The Deck for VIP entrance to the after party.

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Are you ready for baseball season? The San Diego Padres 2019 four-game series opener is just a few days away. Watch as the Padres take on the 2014 World Series Champions, the Giants

Baseball is one of America’s favorite pastime. So, what could be better than sitting in the sun, drinking beers and eating good food with your friends, and watching the game. Well, we at VAVi can make this experience even better.

How?

You get access to the Pre-Party at The Deck at Moonshine Flats with a FREE drink ticket included. It’s also conveniently right across the street from Petco Park. Enjoy good music, games, and the chance to win giveaways. After the game you can head over to The Deck for VIP entrance to the after party.

Why Join?

No other site offers you exclusive seating, a free drink, or access to the best Pre-game. There is not better way than to start the day off on a good note by celebrating one of the best weekends in baseball with the VAVi Squad. Plus you’ll end up saving yourself some money by avoiding an expensive Uber drive to the stadium when everyone is heading to the same place. Arrive early, enjoy some drinks, and party with VAVi. I promise it will be a home run!

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We all know that going to a Padres game is a pricey investment. Why? With many close games, blown leads, and comebacks – as fans we all know that we need some beer and food in our hands to spend the day or night at the ballpark. Not to mention, Petco Park is home to some of the best craft beer and vast number food vendors that are sure to satisfy your cravings. Opening day is just around the corner so here are some places you must try:

1. Hodad’s

There’s nothing like having a hot dog at the ball park but once in a while you have to try the other goodies Petco Park has to offer. Hodad’s is the burger joint of San Diego. Not only do they offer their stacked burger but also, chicken strips, fries, and more. Location: sections 104, 131, 300, 316, and 325.

2. Craft Beer

 Baseball needs beer and luckily San Diego is craft beer central. Check out Craft Beers of San Diego for a vast list from Ballast Point to Stella to  your usual ballpark beer like Bud Light. Location: sections 105, 215, 229, 303, and 328.

3. Pizza Port

Pizza Port is a great substitute with good food. Nothing like a good slice of pizza and beer to watch the Padres. Location: 311, 320, 213, and 121

4. Phil’s BBQ

Phil’s BBQ is the ultimate upgrade from your standard hot dog. Fans can enjoy onion rings, the famous El Toro tri-tip sandwich, the pulled pork sandwich and more. Location: section 113 behind first base, on the rooftop, and at the park.

5. Carnitas’ Snack Shack

Indulge in some of the tastiest pork sandwiches at Carnitas’ Snack Shack. They are truly one of the best carnitas to try in San Diego. Location: 228 and 128

Hey VAVi players!

We are excited to announce Draft Republic as our brand new sponsor bar for the UTC/ La Jolla area! This will be your new pre game or post game hang out for Nobel, Doyle, and Stanley rec leagues. Your VAVi ref will give both teams one bar card after your game each week. Simply present your VAVi bar card to your server at Draft Republic and take advantage of the great deals that Draft Republic has to offer.

Exclusive VAVi Player Discounts

VAVi players have access to exclusive food and drink specials after each game. Draft Republic offers VAVi players $4 Coors Lights, $5 Malibu and Jameson Drinks. Getting an appetite while drinking? No worries! Draft Republic also offers 15% off food for VAVi players who need a bite to eat.

Happy Hour at Draft Republic

–  Monday through Friday | 2-6pm & 10pm-close

–  Beers, wine, and cocktail specials

–  Guests can also snack on $7 eats such as Burrata Flatbread or Buffalo Cauliflower.

Keep an eye out for details on the upcoming March Madness party at Draft Republic on March 21!

About Draft Republic

Draft Republic is a brand new sports bar that maintains a laid-back atmosphere mixed with an inviting layout that encourages people to have a drink, relax, and have fun. As you circle around the main seating area you’ll see that the restaurant/bar is riddled with shuffleboard, foosball, and ping pong tables to bring an even more fun night out to life. After your game come kick back and enjoy the VAVi perks.

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Exclusive VAVi Player Discounts

We’re stoked to announce that we’re teaming up with Owl Drug Co., a pub in a historical building on the edge of the Gaslamp district. As part of our new partnership, VAVi league winners will be awarded with a $150 gift certificate!

Drinks and Specials

The brew pub invites guests to enjoy a menu of mostly shareable pub food, such as pizzas, classic dips, and hot sandwiches, which pair well with their wide variety of 28 draft beers and craft cocktails.Their cocktails feature owl-themed names, such as the Hedwig, a peanut butter whisky with caramelized banana coconut water and espresso cocoa salt. Click here to see a full menu.

About Owl Drug Co.

Owl Drug Co. opened this year in January 2019. The space anchors the Northeast corner of 6th Street and Broadway Ave. The venue boasts a new (old) name, which serves as an homage to the building’s history. Built in 1908 and declared a historical building, the renovated space was previously Owl Drug Company, an apothecary with bowling lanes and a cafe. The new renovations feature 20 foot ceilings, a private perch, wooden tables and metallic accents. They are also the only venue downtown to offer karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights and during bottomless mimosas on Sunday.

Be sure to get out on the field and play hard for a chance to win a gift certificate!

Hey VAVi players!

We are excited to announce new VAVi player specials at Wonderland Ocean Pub. With one of the best ocean views in San Diego, Wonderland is the best place in Ocean Beach to end the night after playing in a VAVi sports league.

Exclusive VAVi Player Discounts

Penny Pitchers are back! After each game, every team will receive a VAVi Bar Card that they can redeem at Wonderland for a Coors Light pitcher for only one penny! Additional Coors Light pitchers for VAVi players will be $9. Players will receive $6 Jameson Drinks and other special discounts for Malibu drinks. In addition to drink discounts, all bar food is 15% off!

Keep an eye out for details on the upcoming Wonderland Malibu Party in April!

Drinks and Specials

With over 30 beers on draft, a wide selection of specialized cocktails, wine on tap, and full lunch and dinner menus, Wonderland has something for everyone!

Every evening during the week, head over to Wonderland to enjoy a Sunset Happy Hour.

–  Monday through Friday | 3pm to 6pm

–  $3 Off Mules, $2 Off Wines, $1 Off Drafts & Tacos

Additional events are held nearly every day of the week, including Tuesday Night Trivia and Thursday Night Karaoke. Click here to see all upcoming events.

About Wonderland

“Using the culture and history of Ocean Beach as a foundation. Wonderland Ocean Pub was created to exemplify all that is great about this laid back beachfront community. We strive to provide a neighborly atmosphere, where you’ll always be treated like part of our family. With a view unparalleled to any other, come experience our coastal inspired menu or grab a cold pint of local craft brew.” (wonderlandob.com)

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