The votes are officially in and this year, Whitecaps fan spoken: Beercheese Poutine will be on the 2017 menu and be available for fans to try at the home opener in April.

Beercheese Poutine, made up of pulled pork, BBQ sauce, beer cheese and green onions over waffle fries, won the 2017 Fan Food Vote presented by Zeeland Food Services, Inc. It will be served at the new Game of Cones cart located on the concourse behind home plate.

The Whitecaps narrowed down a list of hundreds of menu suggestions down to 10 finalists, with Beercheese Poutine winning out over items like the “I Full Tower,” the “Alan Spammell” and “Deep Fried Bubble Gum.”

Rusty Morningstar of Muskegon is responsible for the winning submission.

“When I saw the Whitecaps were looking for food ideas I thought this would be a great addition to the Fifth Third Ballpark menu. I can’t wait for the fans to give it a try." Morningstar says. "Heck, I’ll be there Opening Day and I may be the first in line!”

Whitecaps Director of Food and Beverage Matt Timon loves this choice. “It’s been interesting to see the evolution of the fans’ wants. When we first started this promotion, outrageous items like the Declaration of Indigestion (foot long hot dog and cheesesteak combination) and the Baco (taco shell made of bacon) won, but for the last few years they’ve voted for taste," he says.

"This year they chose wisely as the Beercheese Poutine tastes amazing -- I can see this becoming a fan favorite for years to come.”

In addition to the new menu item, the ballpark has added two new concession carts the Game of Cones and the Wok Off. Game of Cones will feature an edible bread cone that can be filled with fan's choice of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, bacon or any other fixings. The Wok Off is the ballpark's first major attempt at Asian food. It will serve Teriyaki chicken, beef, rice and vegetables. To check out all the other returns, like deep fried Twinkies, and new menu items, like the Bac'n Bones visit the Whitecap's website.

The Beercheese Poutine, new concession carts and other new additions to the dining experience at the ballpark will be available during the Whitecap's 24th opening day on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The first 1,200 fans through the gates will receive a Whitecaps Alpine Hat courtesy of Fifth Third Bank. Post-game Family Fare Fireworks will conclude the opening day celebration.

Season tickets, groups and mini plans are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Whitecaps at 616-784-4131. More information, including the full 2017 schedule, is available at

Check out the nine other finalists that didn't quite make the cut:

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