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For: Immediate Release June 1, 1999
Contacts: Davida Gypsy Breier (410) 366-8343
Jeannie McStay (410) 366-VEGE

VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN FOODS AT MAJOR LEAGUE BALLPARKS

Take me out to the ballgame for peanuts, popcorn, and veggie burgers...

It seems that meatless menu alternatives are becoming more and more popular at ballparks across the country. Many stadiums offer foods, such as vegetarian lasagna, specifically aimed at those desiring meatless options. Some even have whole concession stands devoted to health-conscious choices, such as "Healthy Alternatives" at the H.H.H. Metrodome in Minneapolis. Previously, vegetarian sports fans either had to bring a snack with them or content themselves with basic ballpark fare. Now vegetarian fans can choose from Gardenburgers, salads, pasta and even veggie dogs!

At Edison International Field of Anaheim, home of the Anaheim Angels, veggie foccacia sandwiches and veggie wraps are served. At Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles) the menu options include gourmet pizzas, salads, fresh fruit salads, cheese quesadillas, and yogurt. At Comiskey Park (Chicago White Sox) veggie burgers, made by MorningStar Farms, are sold at several stands. Scott Reifert, White Sox Director of Public Relations, said that they are very popular.

The Oakland Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland Athletics) began selling veggie burgers in 1991 and the menu has ample vegetarian selections. The Coliseum serves veggie wraps, veggie burgers, red beans and rice, tofu burgers, combo veggie plates, and vegetarian cheesesteaks. Fans of the Colorado Rockies can try vegetarian wraps and subs. Dodger Stadium (LA Dodgers) offers Gardenburgers, vegetarian lasagna, pasta, vegetarian pizza, and a salad bar. Vegetarian supporters of the Seattle Mariners will be happy to hear that when the team moves to Safeco Field, their new ballpark, veggie dogs will be offered. Vegetarians watching the San Francisco Giants play can select from vegetable burritos, Gardenburgers, and three kinds of nachos.

About half of the Major league ballparks now serve veggie burgers. In some cases, they are only served at one location, so it pays to ask the concession personnel if other stands offer meatless options. Most of the food service personnel we contacted said they were more than happy to try and comply with the dietary requests of ballpark patrons. Also, stadium catering is often very amiable about catering to special meal requests. If the concession stands don't have much to offer, check with the restaurants, suites, and club catering. You might be surprised by the amount of vegetarian foods they offer.

For information on more ballparks serving vegetarian or vegan food, see our Vegetarian and Vegan Foods at Major League Ballparks. This eight page guide is available for five first class stamps from The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. You can also read the article online at www.vrg.org/nutshell/ballpark.htm

The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization which educates the community about vegetarianism. It publishes Vegetarian Journal, Vegetarian Journalís Foodservice Update, and other materials. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. For information about vegetarianism or veganism, send a self addressed stamped envelope with two first class stamps to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. Visit their web site at www.vrg.org

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