Do you like golf? Do you love cooking with premium equipment? Do you like hobbing your nob with celebrity chefs?
Then Mississippi's Viking Classic Golf Tournament may be just the thing for you. Held from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1 at the Annandale Golf Club in Madison, MS, the Viking Classic is an official PGA Tour event featuring some of the top professional golfers from around the world. More than other tournament underwriters, who seek to spotlight their products by parking a Buick in the middle of a sand trap or erecting a giant Electrolux in the public parking lot, Viking Corp. has actually won awards from the PGA for its efforts to incorporate their brand into the tournament.
That's where foodies can benefit. Last year's tournament featured cooking demonstrations by Celebrichefs Guy Fieri, Cat Cora and John Besh, plus an assortment of up-and-coming regional culinary artists. This year promises another exciting offering.
For the rest of today, Viking is offering a 10 percent discount on any tickets purchased on www.vikingclassic.com if you use the code "june09." Packages range from a $20 daily ticket to the tourney to a $250 Master Chef Package which includes two season badges (you'll need steenkin' badges), all sorts of Viking swag, your choice of a Viking Professional Blender or Hand Blender and two VIP seats at a Celebrity Chef cooking demonstration. Heck, the blender alone is worth 150 bucks.
So if you're just now realizing that you came up a little bit short on that Father's Day present, surprise the old guy with a trip to see the pros knock it a mile and the masters of the kitchen do their thing. It's not but a 5 to 6 hour drive via I-40 with a very easy possible Tunica detour for you and dear old Dad to drop some change in a penny slot. Or if Dad's not a gambler and you've got extra time to kill, the course is about five miles from the Natchez Trace Parkway. You can have breakfast at the Loveless Cafe and be in Madison, MS in time for the Early Bird dinner special.
The best news is that if you ever get lost driving anywhere in Mississippi, you can just stop your car, stand on the bumper and see the next town from there.