Fans can decide the next food menu item from the West Michigan Whitecaps (Low A; Midwest League), as the team has opened its 2018 fan food vote.
In a tradition that is in its ninth year, the Whitecaps have annually added a fan-submitted food item to their menu at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. That has led to some creative cuisine at the venue over the years, including the Beercheese Poutine, which captured Ballpark Digest’s Best New Food Item Award for 2017. The Whitecaps previously began accepting submissions for the 2018 season, and are now letting fans vote on a select number of contenders.
Voting has begun on the team’s website, and will run through Friday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. eastern. The winning food item will be unveiled later in March. Below are each of the nominated menu items, with descriptions from the Whitecaps:
Deep Fried Beer
This time, we’ve brewed up a pocket of dough that’s complemented by a round of beer – you can choose between Founder’s Dirty Bastard or Perrin Black – and then, you guessed it, deep fried. Never let anyone tell you something can’t be deep fried.
Here’s a snack you can really sink your teeth into. Take one of the greatest inventions ever, tater tots, and cover them in, wait for it – alligator meat. Don’t let anyone tell you this is a bunch of croc.
This one is a real catch. The double-play combination of buffalo chicken and mac ‘n cheese are stuffed into a waffle cone with maple syrup drizzled over the top. Diamond gems are rarely this tasty.
Heater with Some Meater
Flaming Hot Cheetos have inspired memes, doughnuts and even a potential feature-length film (seriously!). We’re taking a footlong corn dog and rolling it in this pop-culture phenomenon. Bring the heat!
Hey Pita, Pita, Pita!
We want a freshly fried falafel ball topped with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and pepper on warm pita bread and covered with hummus, not a belly itcher! (This will be the new Sandlot taunt, right?)
Here is why breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Take a grilled bratwurst, top it with a generous serving of sausage gravy, maple syrup and bacon and then fold it into a waffle like a taco. Talk about a five-tool prospect.
Did you know that marathon runners drink pickle juice during races to help with cramps? Now, we’re bringing it to the ballpark, this time soaked in fruit punch-flavored Kool-Aid. As the Kool-Aid Man would say, “Oh yeah!”
Mochi Ice Cream
Ready for a little culture? Mochi is a traditional Japanese cake made of pounded sticky rice that is then formed around an ice cream filling. The ice cream will provide flavor while the Mochi adds sweetness and texture. Konnichiwa!
Mt. Wing-suvius, the Wing-Ring Volcano
This is for volcanic appetites. Two gigantic onion rings will be layered first with mac ‘n cheese, then boneless chicken and topped with bacon, green onions and beer cheese. You’re going to lava it.
The Fry Cobb
Batter up! … down, around and all over a quarter ear of corn that will then be deep fried on a stick. Even the Georgia Peach would approve. Or so we assume.