my weekend out & about in #CLE (the Bridgestone Invitational edition)

Family Fun Fact Time!: I’m married to multi-year golf league member. My brother worked for Golf Galaxy for years throughout high school and college. Me? I’m more of the drive-the-golf-cart-around-the-course kind of gal.  So it shouldn’t surprise you too much to hear we gathered up our foursome – plus the youngest, cutest caddy you’ve ever seen – and headed down to the Akron area for the annual Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club on Saturday.

The Bridgestone Invitational is part of the World Golf Championship series, a group of four annual events for professional golfers created by the International Federation of PGA Tours. And sure, there’s a LOT of golf to see while you’re there, but what we came to find out there’s a lot to do for everyone in the family. Especially the hungry ones! Here’s what we ate and drank while on the course that day…

Our group started off our afternoon with a wine tasting from William Hill Estate Winery, a Napa Valley staple, plus a couple of Galley Boys from the Swenson’s Food Truck. Good thing we live near the Seven Hills’ location — Baby B was a BIG fan of those burgers!

Next, we headed over to the 19th green to the Grey Goose 19th Hole Lounge. A round of their signature La Poire Green Monster Mules made a quick appearance — and didn’t stick around for too long! While there, I learned why the 16th hole is called The Monster — you can learn why here.

From there, we were off to Firestone Village. The spectator area, open to everyone, was located between the 10th and 13th greens, with proximity to the 18th tee in the middle of the course. Firestone Village features the Labatt Blue Beer Garden and famous burgers from Michael Symon’s B-Spot Burgers. It’s been too long since I’ve had one of his burgers, and who knew their onion rings were so good?

Next stop was the 12th green for Firestone Foodies, which featured a variety of food truck options from local vendors, including BarrioLobster Louies and Hatfield’s Goode Grub. Now, I’ve sung my praise over Barrio in the past, but the other two trucks were new to me. Canton’s Lobster Louies Food Truck offers seafood cuisine, including numerous lobster rolls and seafood “slidahs”, as well as tacos from the sea. Baby B LOVED their fried crab balls! Hatfield’s Goode Grub brought Southern comfort food to the course, featuring BBQ pork, beef and chicken… and some incredible French fries and mac-and-cheese.

To close out the afternoon, we ended back up at the Penzoil Fan Zone to enjoy a couple of cups and cones from The Float Factory while Hans and Baby B took their hand at chipping at the 16th Hole Bridgestone Green Monster Challenge.  (No pictures of the latter: I was too busy enjoying my pineapple coconut ice cream.)

LONG STORY SHORT: With all the new fan enhancements and local food options at the tournament this year, the Bridgestone Invitational wasn’t just a destination for golf. It was a destination for a fun family afternoon out in Northeast Ohio. Sharing all that delicious food with family was as good as it could get… especially when our littlest one was experiencing it all for the very first time! I know when Baby B is talking at this time next year, she’ll be asking to go back to the Bridgestone Invitational in 2018. I know I will!

Be sure to follow the Bridgestone Invitational’s social media feeds for the latest tournament updates — including 2018 info — on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Disclosure: I was invited to tour the Bridgestone Invitational and received complimentary admission, eats, drinks and to-dos for myself and my family. All opinions are always 100% my own.

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  1. Rachel says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to this! Chad went last year (or the year before — I honestly can’t remember when! LOL). HOW FUN! And YUM! Love me some Swensons!

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