MLB FoodFest- April 21st & 22nd, 2018: NYC

BASEBALL, FOOD, & BEER… You had me at Baseball… but when you add in food & beer, it sounds like an event we don’t want to miss! For the first time ever, MLB will be holding a FoodFest in New York City on April 21st and 22nd. This event will showcase an opportunity to sample menu favorites from 30 different ballparks all at one venue. The tickets will be sold in two hour time blocks covering 10 sessions over two days at two affordable price points.

In addition to food the event will showcase interactive exhibits and art including the Hot Dog Room presented by Nathan’s Famous, the Official Hot Dog of MLB, as well as the Popcorn Pit, a Clubhouse Bar serving craft and light beer selections from Anheuser-Busch (Food and Beer Ticket required for beer), and great baseball-themed lounge to eat and drink.

Everything you need to know about the event, can be found below…


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MLB FOODFEST SERVES UP 30 BALLPARK FAVORITES ON ONE PLATE

First-Ever Special Event in NYC Spotlights Offerings from Every Club Under One Roof Saturday April 21 & Sunday April 22

If you have ever dreamed of having a New England Lobster Roll from Fenway Park, a Chicken Waffle Cone from Minute Maid Park and a Churro Dog from Chase Field all in the same day, Major League Baseball is about to make your dream come true…and you won’t have to travel 3,000 miles between ballparks to do it.

To celebrate the start of the 2018 season, MLB presents the first-ever MLB FoodFest on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 in New York City, near Bryant Park. The one-of-a kind indoor food festival features special selections from each of the 30 Clubs served under one roof. Every Club designated one concession item to represent them at MLB FoodFest.

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Featured fare ranges from ballpark classics to stadium-exclusive fan favorites to original menu items debuting this season. New options unveiled in 2018 and available at MLB FoodFest include Cleveland’s Flamethrower pulled pork sandwich, Gioia’s Hot Salami Sandwich from St. Louis, Milwaukee’s Cheddar Beer Bratwurst, the Monte Khrush Davis Cristo sandwich served in Oakland, the South Side Horseshoe sausage sandwich from the White Sox and the Adobo Bao bun available at Yankee Stadium.

Ballpark menus have come a long way from just hot dogs, pretzels and soft-serve ice cream. Competition at the concession stands has become as intense as the competition on the field with teams trying to bring the best one-of-a-kind offerings to their fans. Many clubs collaborate with acclaimed chefs to create exclusive culinary options to make their ballpark experience distinctive and memorable.

MLB FoodFest is a unique interactive experience spanning two floors and over 20,000 square feet. The special event is open from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM and each ticket grants access to the space for a designated two-hour block.

  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fans have two options for ticket purchases, which must be secured online, prior to arrival at the venue: Food for $25 and Food & Beer for $40. The Food & Beer tickets include three beer vouchers. Anyone purchasing and using a Food & Beer ticket must be 21 or older. Each ticket includes one tasting-sized serving of all 30 ballpark food items. Soft drinks and water are complimentary.

In addition to the food available, MLB FoodFest contains interactive exhibits and art including the Hot Dog Room presented by Nathan’s Famous, the Official Hot Dog of MLB, as well as the Popcorn Pit, a Clubhouse Bar serving craft and light beer selections from Anheuser-Busch (Food and Beer Ticket required for beer), and great baseball-themed lounge to eat and drink. Fans attending the event are encouraged to post their experience and images with #MLBFoodFest.

Tickets and more information on the event is available at mlb.com/foodfest

 

 


You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.
Everything you ever wanted to know about MLB FoodFest, all in one place.

Q: What time do I need to arrive for my time slot?

A: We recommend arriving 10 minutes before your time slot start time, to allow for checking-in and to ensure you get to experience the event for the maximum amount of time.

Q: Can I purchase tickets when I’m there?

A: If the event or time slot is sold out, you cannot purchase tickets at the venue. You can check MLB.COM/FOODFEST to see ticket availability.

Q: What is the age limit?

A: There is no age limit to attend the event, however the alcohol can only be purchased by 21 and over guests.

Q: What does my ticket package include at the event?

A: If you purchase the Food Only ticket package, you’ll be able to try all 30 ballpark food items at the event for the 2 hours during your time slot. If you purchase the Food and Drink ticket, you’ll be able to try all 30 ballpark food item and get three beer tickets, if you’re over 21.

Q: What does my ticket package include at the event?

A: With your ticket purchase, you receive two hours of unlimited food samples from MLB ballparks across the country. Additionally, those who purchase an alcohol ticket will receive three beers from our partner Budweiser. Your two hours begin at the time on your ticket, not on your arrival, so please pay attention to your ticketed time slot.

Q: How long can I be at the FoodFest?

A: Out of respect for our other guests, we ask that you remain in the venue only during your ticketed time slot.

Q: What kinds of food are being served?

A: This is not your average ballpark food. While we keep some of the fan-favorites, each ballpark has picked an item they feel shows off the level of culinary experience you receive at their stadium. This includes sandwiches, nachos, burgers, chicken, fries, and more, all in a way you haven’t seen before. Each sample is about half the size of what you would receive in a ballpark.

Q: What if I have food allergies or restrictions?

A: All food will be prepared in the same kitchen which means all dishes may contain dairy, nuts, gluten, etc. Please ask the staff whether or not certain allergens are in the dishes you are looking to eat, and also consult the menu at each stand. Due to the nature of the event, there are no vegetarian, gluten-free or vegan options.

Q: What happens if my ticket is for 11:00 AM, but I arrive at 11:30 AM?

A: You are welcome to arrive when you would like, however we are only able to serve you within your ticketed time frame. If you arrive at 11:30 AM, you will still only receive samples between the hours of 11 AM and 1 PM.

Q: Where is the venue?

A: The MLB FoodFest is at Center 415, located at 415 5th Avenue, New York, New York. We are between 37th and 38th St. We are conveniently located near Grand Central Terminal, as well as 34th Street-Herald Square subway stations.

Q: Can I bring a friend or my child?

A: Absolutely! However, we recommend that everyone in your party purchases a ticket in advance of the event. We cannot guarantee that there will be any walk-up ticket availability. All attendees must have a ticket, including children. Youngsters under 24 inches can enter for free.

Q: Can I get a refund?

A: There will be no refunds for this event. We will go on rain or shine.

Q: Is there a dress code?

A: Nope! You are welcome to come as you please. We do ask that you keep all clothing appropriate for families in attendance.

Q: Is the event outside?

A: FoodFest is completely indoors. We will have a coat check available.


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