New specialty hot dog to debut at 2017 Heart of America Hot Dog Festival

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A new specialty hot dog inspired by a legendary Negro League baseball player will debut at the 2017 Heart of America Hot Dog Festival.

The “El Maestro” dog is named in honor of Martin Dihigo, a Cuban-born player who began his professional career in 1923.

He is the only player to be honored in five different country’s Halls of Fame, including Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and the United States.

The new hot dog bearing his nickname will feature a Latin-inspired flavor.

The “El Maestro” features a grilled Farmland brat, topped with chorizo chili, pico de gallo, queso fresco and garnished with tortilla strips. Red onions and Sriracha are optional.

It will join a lineup with several other specialty franks such as “The Monarch” and the “Royal Frank.”

The festival will take place on Aug. 12. Early bird tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children through July 21. After the date, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Ticket includes a hotdog, drink and admission to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. You can purchase tickets here. 

The museum began the Heart of America Hot Dog Festival in 2013 as a way to mark the connection between baseball and the classic all-American food.

Hyvee, Pepsi and Farmland Foods all partner with the festival, and all proceeds go to the museum.

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