Tailgating is an entirely American phenomenon. When I first moved here from Norway many years ago, it took me a quite some time to embrace the concept of a party in a parking lot. But that was before I was invited to a real American tailgating party. My first party consisted of dried out burgers, burnt hot dogs and soggy chips. But it was still quite the party, and we had a lot of fun.
Even though my first tailgating experience ended up being a good one, there was still quite a lull in time before I attended a second one – several years in fact. This time, I was many years out of college, children and husband in tow, and ready for charred burgers. But times had changed. At this tailgating soiree, grilled chicken breast was on the menu flanked by scrumptious salads and dips, appetizers (cucumber slices topped with cream cheese, salmon and dill – delicious) and even dessert. I guess with age, my friends have kicked both style and menu choices up a few notches.
Not that I need too many excuses for a party, but I’m adding tailgating to my list of fun things to do. On my next trip to Norway, I’m introducing tailgating to parents at my nephew’s soccer game. This is a tradition that Norwegians will embrace!