New Concession Items Announced For 2019 Whitecaps Season; Rocky Balburrito is the Winner of the Fan Vote

Fans are about to know why the Rocky Balburrito came out as this year’s champ in the Fan Food Vote presented by Visit Central Florida. This knockout creation is a cheesesteak, which we’ve rolled into a burrito with liberal doses of cheese, onions and green peppers and then deep fried. This year’s competition was tight between 10 top contenders with the Balburrito coming out in a victorious decision over the Oinkuritto and the enormous Marge’s Donut Sundae. 

The Rocky Balburrito is the brainchild of Marc Viquez who said, “This is indeed a very humble moment, thank you to everyone who voted and to the West Michigan Whitecaps for staging this annual contest. Just like Rocky Balboa knocking out Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago, the Rocky Balburrito continues the tradition of excellence from the City of Brotherly Love. Just don’t tell them that we deep fried their iconic cheesesteak sandwich, they may never allow me back into the city.”  

Not sure Marc’s hope will be granted because we think after tasting this, you’ll want to tell everyone you know how delicious it is.

The Whitecaps solicited ideas for new food items back in January, whittled the list down to 10 finalists, and opened the voting to fans in February. 

The Rocky Balburrito isn’t the only new item in the Whitecaps food line-up this season. We’ve compiled a list of champs from different divisions for 2019:

Deep Fried Bread Pudding: Bread Pudding originated more than 1,000 years ago and now we’re going to deep fry it! Bites of sweet bread will be served with rich vanilla bean mousse.

Pork Skin Nachos:  For those watching the carb intake, we’re here to help. Homemade fried pork skins loaded up with your choice of melted cheese, bacon, pulled pork, and more.

Takis: Spicy, roll-shaped snacks fashioned after the traditional Mexican taquito. Cheese is a great topping for this tasty treat.

Spare Ribs: 10 oz. of smoked, bone-in (the best kind) pork spare ribs drenched in bbq sauce.  Be sure to grab some napkins.

Grub Tub: Making ballpark food easy by allowing you to carry popcorn, French fries, and nachos by utilizing this container.  The Grub Tub clips on your souvenir cup like a lid that holds your food. You’ll be able to eat and drink one-handed so you can cheer with the other hand.

Top N’ Go Fritos:  A big bag of Fritos loaded up with your choice of melted cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and more.

Coppercraft Bourbon: Building upon West Michigan’s legacy as high-quality makers and manufacturers, Coppercraft Distillery brings together grain and oak to craft the finest bourbons.

Wine Slushies: Your choice of red sangria or white michato served slushy-style.

Street Corn Nuggets:  We’ve made street corn easy to eat at the ballpark. We’ve taken sweet corn clusters coated in corn dog batter and fried to perfection. Mayo is topping of choice.

Gluten Free Brownies: Adding to our already extensive gluten-free menu.  A nice dessert to end a great night at the Whitecaps,

Chicken Gyro: The gyro cart at Fifth Third Ballpark is legendary. So much so that we’ve added a chicken option.

To see these and all other concession items being offered up this year visit

The Whitecaps home opener is Saturday, April 6 against the South Bend Cubs at 4:00 p.m. and tickets are now on sale. For complete 2019 schedule and ticket information, including season and group ticket prices and perks, visit