Meatless Monday: Eating vegetarian at the ballpark

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By: Danielle Waldron
dwaldron@elkharttruth.com

Going to the ballgame isn’t just about cheering on the home team — it’s the whole experience that goes with it, and food is a big part of that. 

Peanuts, hot dogs, nachos and pretzels will almost always remind me of a humid day at Busch Stadium cheering on the Birds, but navigating the snack stand menu as a vegetarian or vegan can be tough.

At Four Winds Field, veggie dogs, veggie burgers and garden salads are available upon request, Nick Barkley, the director of food and beverage, told Flavor 574. 

Be prepared to pay premium prices for ballpark foods — the average cost of a beer alone is about $6, according to previous reporting from Flavor 574

For vegetarians, there are a few obvious choices at the ballpark: 

  • Chips and salsa (or guacamole, if you’re lucky) 
  • Pretzels 
  • Popcorn 
  • Nachos
  • Peanuts 
  • French fries 

Vegans might have to do some checking before heading to the ballpark and biting into a pretzel or box of popcorn. From experience, there have been a few times eating at a ballgame where a very kind worker had to check the ingredients on the box from the manufacturer. 

If there is one golden piece of wisdom I can impart to other vegans it’s to be kind and ask questions. Never assume the server knows what your dietary restrictions are — it’s okay to explain and ask to see a list of ingredients. Most of the time, these might not be sitting around but are available upon request to check for allergens. 

For those with a sweet tooth, cotton candy and slushy drinks are safe bets — play ball! 

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