Early leaders have held their ground through more than a week of MiLB.com's #foodfight, but with double voting this weekend, it will be sink or swim for some of the Minors' most deliciously caloric dishes.
Lehigh Valley's Aw Shucks Roasted Corn remains the overall vote-leader in #foodfight as it dominates the Local Legends category -- the zesty, buttered IronPigs delicacy has almost twice as many votes as Bristol's heavily-promoted Grand Slam Pie after two weeks of balloting.
Durham's Bull Durham-inspired Nuke Dog and Toledo's Fantastic Freeze Sundae both maintained their leads from Week 1, but Lancaster's Grilled Tri Tip Sandwich fell three spots in the Scrumptious Sandwiches category, trailing the new No. 1, Gwinnett's Knucksie, and Montgomery's teriyaki-glazed pineapple Aloha Burger.
Fans, teams, mascots, players, umpires and generally hungry people can vote for their favorite item in each of four #foodfight categories on MiLB.com and on Twitter, and they'll all have a chance to sway the campaigns this weekend when every vote on Twitter counts twice. Call it an "All you can Tweet" weekend: beginning at noon on Friday and lasting through Sunday, every ballot cast via Twitter counts twice for the entire weekend (to vote on Twitter, simply follow @MiLB, tweet the hashtag #foodfight, and include the name of the team or food item you wish to vote for).
So, it's do or die for a few tasty but challenged items: Hickory's gigantic Clawlossal ranks last in the Gutbuster category, while fans have also stuck a fork in Everett's King Felix K Dog, Altoona's Curverogie and Sacramento's Dan Dog. They each have plenty of time to recover, as does the contest's most exotic item, Missoula's Bats and Balls (deep-fried bull calf testicles with fries), which is ranked no. 14 out of 16 in Local Legends.
Binghamton's Spiedie (pronounced "speedy") ranks No. 3 in the Local Legends bracket. What's a spiedie? Basically, it's marinated cubes of various meat on a roll. The B-Mets held a wacky press conference to promote the campaign:
Besides helping select the Minors' best ballpark dish, fans who vote are also entered for a chance to win #foodfight's grand prize, a trip for four to the ballpark of the winning food item, including airfare, hotel accommodations, game tickets and a food voucher to taste the winning item.
Other prizes include free tickets to a Minor League Baseball game and a Minor League prize pack. Fans can vote as often as they'd like through May 29, when the first round comes to an end. The Final Round -- featuring the four category winners -- kicks off on May 30.
And #foodfight continues to gain national attention. Thanks to the Bisons' campaign for their fried bologna, The Buffalo News selected its "most entertaining (and slightly disgusting) entries," which included the 5,000-calorie Fifth Third Burger of the West Michigan Whitecaps, Rochester's Garbage Plate and Norfolk's Salute to Pork Challenge, among others.
Again, each vote made on Twitter this weekend, beginning at 12 p.m. on May 24, counts twice, so make sure your favorite gets the support it deserves. Tweet now and tweet often, we're hungry for more votes!