MLB Expanding FoodFest Event This Year To Three Separate Locations
MLB is bringing back FoodFest, the event it created last year to celebrate baseball’s heightened connection with food, with three separate locations slated to play host in ’19. L.A.'s Magic Box will have the new edition of MLB FoodFest on April 26-28, while N.Y. and London will also be sites in the second half of the ’19 season with dates and venues to be announced later. This year’s MLB FoodFest will again have one concession item representing each club. There will be six notable items returning from last year, including the Mariners’ toasted grasshoppers and D-backs’ churro dogs. Like in ’18, the items at the new MLB FoodFest will be replicated by a catering company with input from major club concessionaires such as Aramark, Centerplate, Delaware North, Legends Hospitality and Levy Restaurants. This year’s edition will also incorporate items from London, Tokyo, and Monterrey, Mexico -- the league’s three international sites for ’19 regular-season games. The rapid sellout of last year’s inaugural event in N.Y. has prompted a sharp increase in ticket prices for the return engagements. After the ’18 admission was $25 for food only providing samples of all 30 club items and $40 for food and beer, a new, more expensive two-tiered ticket plan is place. A standard-level ticket including eight food items is $45, and $60 when including three beers. An MVP-level ticket including 33 food items is $75, and $90 when including three beers. A new presenting sponsorship has been sold to Budweiser. With the expansion of MLB FoodFest, the league will also include a new merchandise shop at each stop in ’19, selling limited-edition caps, shirts and other collectibles inspired by the food items offered. Like last year, the ’19 version of MLB FoodFest is designed to be featured heavily on social media.