The Evolution of Fan Food: Stadium Offerings Reflect a More Educated Consumer

The Evolution of Fan Food: Stadium Offerings Reflect a More Educated Consumer

By Jacqueline Church, Foodable Contributor

What are the top three foods you think of when you hear “ball park” or “stadium?” Most would answer: hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jack. Increasingly, the answer is: local, sustainable, gluten-free. 

What’s that? You’re calling for an instant replay?

In fact, the traditional foods are still big fan favorites. However, food trends like locally grown (sometimes very locally grown, like at Boston’s Fenway Park rooftop garden), sustainable, and gluten-free are driving the evolution of fan food.

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Chefs Take to the Field with Fancy Menus

There's nothing like going to a live sporting event. Aside from the hype of the actual game, all that encompasses it, like the food, just feels so right - hot dogs, beer, braised goat and dumplings. Wait, what?  

Braised goat and dumplings are certainly a step up from your average stadium 'dog, and soon you'll be able to enjoy quality food like that and more when you go to your favorite NFL stadiums.

Chefs in Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Houston are already teaming up with Aramark to put a twist on tailgating classics. We're seeing a trend here with unlikely venues teaming up with chefs. And we like it. Looks like this football season just got a bit fancier. Read More

Photo Credit: Eater National  

Photo Credit: Eater National