Whitecaps announce winner of 2017 food contest

Beercheese Poutine. (Courtesy Whitecaps)

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WOOD) — The winner of the Whitecaps’ eighth annual food contest was announced Thursday morning.

Whitecaps fans chose Beercheese Poutine to be featured on the Fifth Third Ballpark’s menu this season.

Beercheese Poutine is a combination of waffle fries with pulled pork, BBQ sauce, beercheese sauce and green onions on top. It was submitted by Rusty Morningstar of Muskegon.

The Whitecaps narrowed down a list of hundreds of menu suggestions to just ten finalists and then fans got to choose the winner.

Fans will get their first chance to try Beercheese Poutine at the Whitecaps’ home opener on April 6 at 6:35 p.m.

Deep friend Twinkies are also going to make a return to the ballpark’s menu. Other new concession items include the Comstock Park burger which is served in a pretzel bun with Monterey Jack cheese and Doritos; Bac ‘n Bones, smoked pork ribs served on macaroni and cheese; and Cole’s Middles, macaroni and cheese stuffed in Cole’s bread rolls.

In 2016, fans chose Dutch Love as the winner — which included pot roast, cheese curds, french fries and turkey gravy wrapped up in a pita. In 2015, it was the Hot-To-Tot — a concoction of buffalo chicken, bleu cheese and tater tots.

Past winners also include 2014’s Auger Dogger, 2013’s Baco, 2012’s Westside Po’ Boy, 2011’s Chicks with Sticks and 2010’s Cudighi Yooper Sandwich and Declaration of Independence.