Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, left, offers the microphone to slugger Miguel Cabrera during last year's Tigers Winter Caravan. (Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News)
Detroit — The Tigers are about to hit the road, in search for some good cereal, hot dogs and ice cream.
As part of the Tigers Winter Caravan, the team’s annual statewide trek across Metro Detroit and the rest of Michigan, the Tigers next weekend will make nearly 30 stops, including a dozen at new destinations.
The Tigers’ participating contingent, which will include new manager Brad Ausmus, president and general manager Dave Dombrowski, Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer, among many others, will be split up into two buses — one that stays in the Metro Detroit area and one that heads toward west Michigan.
Justin Verlander, who recently underwent core muscle repair surgery, is not a confirmed participant, yet.
The News has learned details of some stops on the Winter Caravan. Highlights include:
■ Those heading to west Michigan will tour the Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Company and sample several ice-cream flavors, including the new, limited-edition Tiger Traxx — vanilla ice cream with pretzel chunks and fudge. Hudsonville brass will select 50 fans at random to meet and greet the Tigers; the deadline is Wednesday to register at hudsonvilleicecream.com.
■The Tigers then will head to Battle Creek to visit the Kellogg’s facility, and participate in a rally with Kellogg’s employees in an event closed to the public.
■ The Tigers sticking closer to home, meanwhile, will check out the North American International Auto Show at Cobo, participating in the daily auto show parade and a Q&A at the Chevrolet display.
■ Two yet-to-be-revealed Tigers also will serve as celebrity waiters at National Coney Island in Warren.
Those events are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24.
The Tigers also will be on hand for the winter banquets at minor-league affiliates West Michigan (Single A) and Toledo (Triple A), set for Thursday, Jan. 23. Tickets are required.
The week of festivities concludes Saturday, Jan. 25, with the sold-out TigerFest at Comerica Park.
A complete Tigers Winter Caravan itinerary, including all the times plus details on a rare stop in Hamtramck, will be released later this week.