Boca Raton Bowl

2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Date Announced!
2018 Boca Raton Bowl – Tuesday, December 18
7 p.m ET – FAU Stadium – Live on ESPN

About the Boca Raton Bowl:

The Boca Raton Bowl is one of 41 postseason college bowl games in the country and the only one hosted in Palm Beach County. Featuring all the pomp and circumstance of traditional bowl events, the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl is a high-energy, entertaining experience for both college football fans and non-fans alike and allows the national spotlight to shine on Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. This year, the fifth annual bowl game will have primary tie-ins for teams from Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference with the Mid-American Athletic Conference having a secondary tie-in. The team from Conference USA will make its headquarters at the Boca Raton Resort & Club and the American Athletic Conference team will be at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.

This bowl game first ‘touched down’ in 2014 and has since aired live annually on ESPN throughout the U.S., as well as on international affiliates in South America, the Caribbean, Australia and Europe as well as on ESPN Radio. As one of 14 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, this year’s bowl game is once again held on the Tuesday before Christmas. The event has become a celebrated annual holiday tradition in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County as it lives up to its other name, ‘Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party’.” Bowl week activities will begin with the arrival of the participating teams on Friday, Dec. 14. Days, times and sites for the team welcome parties, beach parties, luncheon, pep rallies and other bowl week activities will be released at a later date. For more info, visit


Built Ford Tough Tailgate Party

The 2018 Built Ford Tough Tailgate Party is a community event benefitting the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl’s charitable partner, Spirit of Giving, where local restaurants will participate in a fun “tailgate” challenge to battle it out in a good old cook-off for local celebrity judges. 

To help turn up the heat and get the local community in the football spirit, all guests are encouraged to wear their favorite college colors and represent your alma mater with pride! This will be an awesome event to mix and mingle with various chamber members and football fans, try amazing local restaurant’s featured recipes, and enjoy your favorite spirits and beverages!

The Built Ford Tough Tailgate Party will be held at Palm Beach Outlets on Thursday, October 25 from 5:30pm – 8pm. 

Tickets Price: $25
Includes unlimited beer, wine, soft drinks & food samplings

Restaurant Lineup:
Applebee's Grill & Bar
Bloomers Frosé
 Ceasar's Famous Ribs & BBQ
Five Guys
 LIME Fresh Mexican Grill
Lynora's WPB
 Palm Beach Gardens Marriott
 PGA National Resort & Spa
Protect The Revenue (Citrus Distillers, LLC)
Twin Peaks Restaurants

Built Ford Tough Great Chefs’ Tailgate Showcase

The competition is already heating up for “what’s cooking” at the fourth annual Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase & College Football Spirit Night set for Wednesday, November 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel, 2000 N.W. 19th St., Boca Raton, FL.  That is when the area’s top restaurant, country club, hotel, cooking school and celebrity chefs and mixologists will once again ‘bring on’ their culinary and cocktail A-game to rally Bowl fans and raise funds to support Spirit of Giving’s annual year-end holiday gift drive.

The high-spirited, one-of-a-kind fundraising event offers an opportunity for area residents and businesses to network and join in on all of the fun pre-Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl countdown festivities. For this popular laid-back, casual networking and pride-rallying event, guests are encouraged to come out wearing their alma mater or favorite college team’s colors and jerseys. They will get to mix and mingle with other fellow college football fans and community partners, along with ESPN on-air personalities who will be onsite and broadcasting live.

As one of the lead-in events for the Fifth Annual Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, the Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase takes a “Chef vs. Chef” approach in a friendly competition.  The culinary masters aim to please the palates of event-goers with their signature twists on tailgate classics ranging from sides and entrees to beverages and desserts. Each chef presents their culinary creation to a panel of expert foodie media, personalities and bloggers while guests as well get to cast their own votes for the “People’s Choice” designation.

The diverse roster* of chefs and mixologists participating in this open-to-the-public event will hail from the area’s fan-loving venues, including:

  • Boca Raton Resort & Club
  • Bolay
  • Blue Fire Grille at Palm Beach Gardens Marriott
  • Ceasar’sFamous Ribs
  • Chartwells at Florida Atlantic University
  • Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
  • Hijinks Sports Grill
  • Hooters
  • Los Bocados
  • M.E.A.T. Eatery & Tap Room
  • Oceans 234
  • Publix Aprons Cooking School
  • Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel
  • Seasons 52​
  • The Locale
  • The Loch Bar
  • The Melting Pot
  • Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
  • True Food Kitchen
  • Tucker Duke’s
  • Spirits: Citrus Distillers, LLC

*subject to change

“We are looking forward to seeing and tasting the ‘out-of-the-box’ entries, including those competing for Best Dish to Eat with a Beer, Healthiest Twist on Tailgate, and Worth the Extra Napkins, as well as the ultimate ‘People’s Choice’ and Judges’ Choice,” notes Doug Mosley, executive director of the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl that is set to kick off on Tuesday, December 18 at FAU Stadium. “Each year the competitive culinary spirit ‘cooked up’ for this Bowl lead-in event gets more and more exciting, and all in good fun and funds for our Bowl’s charity partner Spirit of Giving and the holiday magic the nonprofit brings to thousands each year.”

Tickets to the 2018 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase are $50 per person in advance and $60 at the door; price includes all chef and restaurant tastings, entertainment, and beer, wine and soft drinks. 

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Boca Raton Bowl Idol

To a packed house filled with more than 300 community leaders and friends, family and Bowl fans, the top eight semi-finalists “gave it their all” last night in the 2018 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl Idol talent competition presented by Marshall Socarras Grant. After performing live in two rounds to win the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the 2018 Bowl game on Tuesday, December 18 at FAU Stadium, Adrianna Foster, 32 of Miami triumphed. Held at The Addison in Boca Raton, the event kicked off the month-long Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Festival Days and benefited the Bowl’s Charity Partner Spirit of Giving.

Chosen through an open-to-the-public round of online voting, the eight semi-finalists, ranging in age from 13 to 55, hailed from Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Miami, Tamarac and West Palm Beach. Each performed a song of their choice for the live audience and a combination of audience votes and judges selections determined the top three: Emma Brown, 14, Lake Worth; Adrianna Foster, 32, Miami and Mikaylah O’Brien,13, Boca Raton. The three finalists took to the stage once more to sing the National Anthem, so that the judges could determine the ultimate competition “winner”: Adrianna Foster.

The 2018 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl Idol looks forward to performing the National Anthem during opening ceremonies to a stadium crowd prior to the game being televised nationally. She will receive10 game tickets for family and friends which include sideline access during the performance.

“This has been a great night for our community – we had a fantastic, spirited turnout to watch the competition; we featured incredible local talent; and it all was in support of Boca Chamber Festival Days and our charitable partner, Spirit of Giving,” said Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl Executive Director Doug Mosley. “I congratulate Adrianna Foster for the amazing performances that won this competition and thank Marshall Socarras Grant for their support in making this a success.”

For more information on the 2018 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl set to kick-off on Tuesday, December 18 at 7 p.m. at FAU Stadium, lead-in events and bowl game ticket sales, visit