Astros and Aramark to Host Astros Foodies Ballpark Concessions Event on April 7

Select Season Ticket Holders, contest winners and media members to vote on Street Eats concession options

On Thursday, April 7, the Astros and Aramark, the exclusive food and beverage provider at Minute Maid Park, are inviting members of the media and select fans to participate in the Astros Foodies ballpark event. Attendees will vote on special concession items to be featured during the upcoming 2016 Home Opening Series and will also have the opportunity to sample featured items from Aramark's 2016 Concessions Showcase menu.


Aramark's Street Eats concession stand will serve the winner of the Astros Foodies vote for the entire Home Opening Series vs. the Kansas City Royals, April 11-14. The event will take place in the Diamond Club of Minute Maid Park, starting at 1:30 p.m., and will finish with an option for media and fans to watch that day's 3:05 p.m. match vs. the New York Yankees from the comfort of the Diamond Club.


"We are excited to introduce several new menu items for the 2016 season at Minute Maid Park," said Mat Drain, Aramark's District Manager at Minute Maid Park. "Every year we try to up our game, and this offseason, we've worked closely with the Astros and our partners to enhance the menu with new and unique options that provide even greater variety for fans. Fan feedback is an important part of our menu development process, and what better way to get fans involved than to give them the opportunity to vote on the next great addition to the Minute Maid Park menu."


As part of the #AstrosFoodies online contest, 50 fans will be selected to attend the event through a Twitter (@astros) sweepstakes. Fans will be asked to share pictures of themselves eating their favorite ballpark foods using the hashtag #AstrosFoodies to be entered for a chance to win tickets to the event. The contest begins today and ends on Wednesday, March 30.


The candidates for the Astros Foodies Street Eats vote are:


Hawaiian Pork Tacos: A street-style spicy Hawaiian pulled pork taco with charred pineapple slaw and a sweet chili drizzle

Chipotle Pescado Tacos: A coffee-rubbed salmon taco with a mango jalapeño relish and chipotle aioli

Bloody Mary Chicken Tacos: A pulled chicken taco in Bloody Mary sauce with celery and cherry peppers and cotija cheese crumbles

Chorizo and Potato Tacos: A chorizo sausage and diced potato taco with fresh pico and cotija cheese


After the vote, fans and media are invited to try Aramark's 2016 Concessions Showcase menu, featuring:


Andrew Zimmern's Korean Pork Belly Sandwich: Andrew Zimmern's personal pork belly sandwich, dredged in scallion butter, with grilled pineapple, Korean gochujang and a Martin's potato bun

Sweet Potato Waffle Chicken Sandwich: A grilled chicken breast with Greek yogurt, baby spinach and sliced tomatoes served on a sweet potato waffle

Irish Nachos: A take on a baseball classic, Irish Nachos feature jalapeño queso, picadillo ground beef, salsa, sour cream and crumbled queso fresco over golden fried potato chips

Nolan Ryan Jalapeño Cheese Dog: A Nolan Ryan Beef hot dog filled with cheese and jalapeños, served with ketchup, yellow mustard and relish

Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs: A baseball classic served with ginger BBQ sauce, sweet relish mustard and smoky ranch

Loop Artesian Pretzel: A German-style pretzel served with lager mustard dipping sauce and an artisan three-cheese dipping sauce

Nolan Ryan Steak Fingers and Fries: Served with country gravy


Media wishing to attend the Astros Foodies event should RSVP to Dena Propis at by Monday, April 4.