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Take me out to the ballpark...Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks

From the inception of the ballpark, eating and drinking were tied to baseball.  Hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jacks were foods that early on became synonymous with American baseball.

Why the obsession with concession foods?  Because ballpark food is guilty comfort food. A ballgame is where a kid can ask mom and dad for ice cream before dinner, and most of the time, they will buy it for their child.

What’s the best part about a baseball game?  The grand slams?  The pop fly and foul balls that unexpectedly fly into the crowd as the fans battle to catch them?  How about the singing of the tradition “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”?  No, none of these compare to that first bite of a hot dog loaded with relish, ketchup and mustard hot off the grill all nestled in a toasty bun.  Wash it down with a side of chips and a sweet soda, and you have yourself a happy fan.

The true experience of a ballgame begins with the concessions. 

While a lot of food and drink items have remained a tradition at ballgames, a lot has changed over the years.  Since the early 1900’s when the first hot dog appeared at baseball games, stadiums have been rolling out insane concessions for baseball season.  They have been stepping up to the plate with some outrageous concessions that may be more fun to eat than watching the game.  

From the outrageous Diamondback’s Churro Dog – a deep fried churro sandwiched between a chocolate glazed donut bun – to a savory waffle cone stuffed with mashed potatoes and fried chicken nuggets at the home of the Houston Astros, baseball fans are snacking on more than just hot dogs, peanuts and soda in the stands. 

The concession stands at the 2016 Babe Ruth League World Series are ready to test fans’ palates this July and August.  Some will be serving the traditional foods we have all come to love and expect, while others will be providing a unique diamond experience serving up their own specialties.

Listed below are the 2016 Babe Ruth League World Series sites and dates:

Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old – Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – August 5-12

Cal Ripken Major/60 – Ocala, Florida – August 6-13

Cal Ripken Major/70 – Aberdeen, Maryland – July 29 – August 6

Babe Ruth 13-Year-Old – Ottumwa, Iowa – August 11-18

Babe Ruth 14-Year-Old – Westfield, Massachusetts – August 11-18

Babe Ruth 13-15 – Williston, North Dakota – August 13-20

Babe Ruth 16-18 – Ephrata, Washington – August 6-13

Softball 8U, 10U, 12U– Jensen Beach/Stuart, Florida - August 6-10

Softball 14U and 16U – Jensen Beach/Stuart, Florida – July 28 – August 2

The 2016 Babe Ruth League World Series sites promise all fans delicious concession favorites, such as hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, wings, nachos, pizza, soft pretzels, chips, ice cream, candy, softball drinks and much more.

The Rotary Sportsplex, home of the 2016 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series in Ocala, Florida, has added a few more options to their fully-stocked concession stand of ballgame “usuals”, such as corn dogs, go-gurts, granola bars and fresh fruit.  Hungry Howie’s Pizza, home of the original flavored crust, will be onsite on special days to sell their mouthwatering pizza by the slice.

Ardean Aafedt Stadium, site of the 13-15 World Series in Williston, North Dakota, boasts what is arguably the Midwest Region’s finest concession stand.  Run by Virginia Collings and Zoanni Liffrig, their home-style touch has created a reputation that keeps fans coming back.  Unique menu items include the finest hamburger you will find at any baseball field, the famous “Zoe Dog”, savory wings, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, homemade carmel rolls, walleye, corn on the cob, and homemade potato salad.

The concession stands at the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series, annually held in Aberdeen, Maryland, not only offer the standard fare, but also provide a variety of other foods to please anyone’s appetite.  You’ll find Maryland’s famous crab specialties, the Ripken larger hamburger, Roma sausage sandwiches and other unique delicious options.  Breakfast items are sold for early starting games.  And since this is a world-class event, local vendors will be on site, offering specialty dishes. 

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At the 2016 Babe Ruth 13-Year-Old World Series in Ottumwa, Iowa, the goal of the concession stand is to make sure no one goes away hungry.  Whether you just want a snack or a meal, there are several options to please.  They are blessed to have the Iowa Corn producers providing them with home grown Iowa sweet corn for the coaches and players to enjoy during skills competition, a true treat for first time visitors to the Midwest. 

Their concession stand prides itself on their loaded nachos, using either beef or pork.  They also have walking tacos and a variety of concession stand favorites.  Their fryers run all day with options including cheese balls, French fries (plain or loaded), onion rings and check strips.  In addition, they have an ice cream machine, slushy machine and many other frozen treats to try.

In addition, surprisingly delicious and unique goodies await fans who attend the Softball World Series in Jensen Beach, Florida, the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the 14-Year-Old World Series in Westfield, Massachusetts, and the 16-18 World Series in Ephrata, Washington. 

If you are like us, you love baseball and softball not only for the sport, but also for the amazing food.  The 2016 World Series hosts have been working diligently to put together a big league experience for all attendees.  To witness nail-biting competition, thrilling pitching duels, hot bats, amazing plays, and to snag some of the best concession food available, make sure you attend one or more of the 2016 Babe Ruth World Series.  

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