Sponsored by Canterbury Park
More often now, companies are looking for a single destination where they can hold a business meeting followed by entertainment. The addition of entertainment makes the meeting part of the day more enticing and allows for participants to get a more well-rounded experience. Plus, the entertainment portion of the day gives attendees an informal opportunity to get to know each other and form long-lasting connections. We talked with a few experts at Canterbury Park for inspiration on types of events that fit this mold, plus the ideal food pairing for that type of event.
A Day in Meetings + A Night at the Races
Pair a meeting with the engaging and interactive entertainment of live horse racing. The excitement of horse racing always entices individuals to interact with each other, either to form a communal bond or by sparking a sense of competition. Attendees will love enjoying the lively atmosphere while immersing themselves in the culture of horse racing. Embrace the theme and encourage your group to dress a la the Kentucky Derby complete with big hats and mint juleps.
Wine and Dine: Elevate the night with a buffet-style dinner of prime rib, baby red potatoes and fresh green beans.
Live Racing Event + Backyard BBQ
Live Racing is a great warm weather activity for groups large and small. The added element of racing is exciting and entertaining, while the outdoor setting lends itself well to socializing within the group. Getting out of the meeting room initiates a natural shift in attendee mentality and encourages participants to discuss topics other than work. Embracing the fresh air and adding the backyard barbeque component only makes the evening more fun.
Wine and Dine: Break out the grill and serve up BBQ ribs, fire-braised chicken, corn muffins, mac and cheese and watermelon.
Casino Night + Food Stations
Casino nights are a sure bet when it comes to looking for an interactive evening event for a group. Provide attendees with the opportunity to learn card casino games with fun money and you’ll be begging them to leave at the end of the night. A worry-free night of gambling does not come around often and everyone loves the chance to brush up on their Blackjack skills outside of a true casino. Pair that with the excitement of winning prizes and you’ll generate an energy and an evening that attendees will never forget.
Wine and Dine: Allow the action to continue with food stations that guest can customize to their liking such as a taco stand, noodle or rice bowls, and a mac and cheese bar.
Afterhours Networking + Stadium Cuisine
Pull together a fun indoor/outdoor happy hour with yard games including giant Jenga, a bean bag toss, and ladder ball. This informal type of event leaves attendees no choice but to network over refreshing beers and social games. Guests will feel like they are back at their alma mater or tailgating for the big game and can swap collegiate stories of the good old days.
Wine and Dine: Keep the fun alive with nachos, sliders, French fries, and soft pretzels with cheese.
Sponsored by Canterbury Park
Visit Canterbury Park in RiverSouth—Land of Big Fun! RiverSouth℠ is a collaboration promoting premier entertainment destinations just minutes south of Minneapolis. With four of Minnesota’s biggest attractions just four miles apart, there’s fun around every bend. Partners include Canterbury Park, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Valleyfair, and the Renaissance Festival. Canterbury Park Holding Corporation owns and operates Canterbury Park Racetrack & Card Casino, Minnesota’s only thoroughbred and quarter horse racing facility. Canterbury's 67-day live race meet runs through Sept. 16. The Card Casino offers both poker and table games 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about the Company, please visit www.canterburypark.com.