New York products promoted at Muckdogs' games
The Batavia Muckdogs at Dwyer Stadium is one of five Minor League Baseball teams statewide offering New York food and beverages this season, Gov. Cuomo's office announced this week. This is the second year that the Muckdogs have partnered with the Taste NY branding and sales initiative began by Cuomo in 2013.
Taste NY is overseen by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and was launched to create opportunities for our food producers to showcase their goods at large public events like the Great New York State Fair and other places crowds gather, like Minor League Baseball games.
The expanding program has also opened stores at Thruway rest stops along the state’s highways and in transportation hubs, enabling travelers to buy New York State’s homegrown and homemade products. Approximately 1,100 local companies have participated in these opportunities, thereby expanding New York's food and beverage markets, according to a press release from the governor's office.
For the 2016 season, four craft beer companies in the Empire State have products for sale at Dwyer:
- Brooklyn Brewery
- Ellicottville Brewery
- Genesee Brewing Company
- Rohrbach Brewing Company
Plus, there are hot dogs and sausages from Zweigle's, breads and rolls from Di Paolo Baking Company, both of Rochester, and Akron-based Perry's Ice Cream.
"The Muckdogs are proud to be a part of the Taste NY program," said Muckdogs' General Manager Travis Sick. "We believe strongly in supporting as many local vendors as possible and look forward to featuring all of their great and, more importantly, delicious products at Dwyer Stadium this season."
The other participating teams and stadiums are:
- Tri-City ValleyCats at Joe Bruno Stadium
- Auburn Doubledays at Falcon Park
- Staten Island Yankees at Richmond County Bank Ballpark
- Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field
Together, these stadiums see approximately 820,000 seasonal visitors and those fans will be treated to the same great ballpark staples, such has hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice-cold beer -- now sourced from some of New York State’s best agricultural producers. Taste NY has helped vendors triple their gross annual sales from 2014 to 2015, and with this increased promotion, they are on track to doubling those sales in 2016, according to the governor's office.
“New York grown and made food and beverages are second to none and building upon the great success of the Taste NY program, we are partnering with local baseball stadiums to expose even more New Yorkers to these great Empire State products,” said Governor Cuomo in a press release.
“When New Yorkers buy New York products from New York businesses, the home team wins every time.”
For more information about Taste NY, click here.
Don't know how others feel, but the selection of beers is better than it ever has been. We tried the Goose Island IPA and liked it very much .. have to go to more games to try the others, LOL