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West Michigan Whitecaps Launch Food of the Decade Vote

West Michigan White Caps

After a decade of fan voting for new food items, the West Michigan Whitecaps (Low A; Midwest League) are allowing fans to select one of those past winners to return Fifth Third Ballpark for the 2020 season.

Fans can vote here through Friday, February 21. The winning item will be announced on March 2.

“We’ve been delighted with the response to our new foods over the past 10 years,” said Matt Timon, director of food and beverage for the Whitecaps. “Today we celebrate the past decade by voting on bringing back a fan favorite.”

This year’s fan vote follows the 2019 winner “Rocky Balburrito.” A cheesesteak rolled into a burrito with liberal doses of cheese, onions and green peppers and then deep fried.

“We’re already getting requests to add the ‘Fifth Third Burger’ to the decade list,” Timon added, “but that debuted in 2009 and some fans are still trying to finish theirs!”

The 5,000-calorie “Fifth Third Burger” received national and international attention that year. It was a one and two-thirds pound of beef, five slices of cheese, salsa, nacho cheese, Fritos, Chili, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream – all on an 8-inch sesame-seed bun. It was meant to feed four, but fans could get a T-shirt if they ate it by themselves. It was retired in 2018.

Here is a quick look at the fan food favorites from the past decade:

2019: Rocky Balburrito

Cheesesteak rolled into a burrito with cheese, onions and green peppers and deep fried.

2018: Mt Wing Suvius

The mixture of mac ‘n cheese, beer cheese and buffalo chicken, filling the center of a tower of onion rings.

2017: Beer Cheese Poutine

Pulled pork, barbeque pork, beer cheese and green onions over waffle fries.

2016: Dutch Love

A combination of turkey pot roast, gravy, cheese curds and french fries wrapped up in a pita.

2015: Hot-To-Tot

Buffalo chicken and bleu cheese covered tater tot concoction

2014: Augger Dogger

Deep-fried hot dog on a stick wrapped in spiral potato chips

2013: Baco

It’s the taco with a bacon shell.

2012: Westside Po’ Boy

Loaded Kielbasa sandwich

2011: Chicks with Sticks

Fresh-cut vegetables with hummus made from chickpeas.

2010: Declaration of Indigestion

Half-pound foot-long hot dog covered in a Philly cheese steak (steak, cheese, peppers and onions) and served on a gigantic sub roll.

The public is encouraged to vote today through February 21. The food with the most votes will be revealed on Monday, March 2 and return to the Whitecaps menu for the 2020 season

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