Free food at Minute Maid Park today and tomorrow. (Yes, really. Just get here early)

About a month ago, we took a food tour of Minute Maid Park to sample all of the new dishes offered in 2011. Two of the items we sampled — and loved — are now available, free to the public, today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday).

Fans attending these two games are invited to try complimentary (i.e. FREE) sandwich samples at the All-Star Carvery located behind section 156.

The Astros and ARAMARK — the team’s exclusive food and beverage partner — encourage fans to arrive early and bring their appetites. For the first hour after the gates open (5:30-6:30 p.m.), and Wednesday afternoon (11:30-12:30), fans will be treated to complimentary samples of two signature sandwich finalists from the Carvery.

The two sandwiches are:

1. Hill Country Pork Hoagie: Slow Roasted Pulled Pork with Garlic, Red Pepper & Herbs, Spicy Chipotle Aioli, Sweet Vinegar Slaw on a Sourdough Hoagie with a side of Kettle Chips and a pickle spear.

Hill Country Pork hoagie

2. Texas Tom Turkey Sandwich: Roasted Turkey Breast, Pepper Jack Cheese, Spicy Chipotle Aioli, Lettuce, Corn Salsa on a Jalapeno-Cheddar Kaiser with a side of Kettle Chips and a pickle.

Texas Tom turkey sandwich

The sandwiches are vying for a permanent spot on the Minute Maid Park menu. Fans can vote for their favorite sandwich during the sampling, or by visiting The winner will be announced after the All-Star break.

Dig in!


Is your son or daughter an Astros Buddy? If not, there’s still time to sign up for this very affordably-priced kids fan club. For just $15, you’ll receive $80 worth of great stuff: A coupon good for four FREE View Deck I tickets (a $64 value) on Astros Buddies game dates, a Michael Bourn Soft-Sided Lunch Bag, an Astros Buddies Club collectible cap, a members-only autograph party, a Buddies Behind-the-Scenes day, a Buddies Coupon Book, a Buddies newsletter and more.

Check out the full details here. The Astros are also taking membership orders in person at the Community Clubhouse, located behind the escalators at section 107 this weekend.

The sooner you sign up, the more bang you’ll get for your buck. And the kids always have a great time (guaranteed).

Chris Johnson signed autographs at the Astros Buddies autograph session last year.


Except for the sweet vinegar slaw the pork hoagie sounds delicious.

I wish there was a meatless option being offered, too.

I second the vegetarian option!

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