Mac and cheese will get a whole new look during the first festival in the Valley celebrating the savory dish.
Set for Saturday, October 7, the Mac and Cheese Fest at the Scottsdale Waterfront will offer samples of mac and cheese with a variety of unusual ingredients including brisket and barbecue sauce with fried onions on top; seafood; jalapenos and spices. Plain Janes can get their fill as well.
“Mac and cheese in and of itself is pretty basic,” says spokeswoman Sharon Krieger.
“It will be cool to see how many restaurants are going out of the box with it and taking it to the next level, adding unique and random ingredients you wouldn’t necessarily expect. The Roaring Fork is participating and they have a pretty beloved green chili mac and cheese that has a bit of a kick to it.”
And there will be plenty of libations to complement the mac and cheese.
“We’re getting into pairing it with some of the breweries,” she says. “The local craft beer folks are getting involved.”
A demonstration tent will feature adults and kids—the big cheese and the little cheese—as well as restaurants, showing off their cheesy talents during the “Mac & Cheese S’Mac Down.” The winners go home with the Golden Noodle Trophy. To win a chance to participate, visit https://macandcheesefestaz.com/mac-cheese-smac-down/.
Those wishing to take a break from food can head over to the Big Cheese Game Deck and enjoy ping-pong, giant Jenga or bags.
“It will be a lot of fun for people to enjoy a little of the outdoors as it starts to cool off,” she says. “They can be the Big Cheese and beat their friends at the games.”
Mac and Cheese Fest, Scottsdale Waterfront, 7134 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, macandcheesefestaz.com/, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 7, $15 (general admission) and $75 (VIP). Food and drink tickets sold separately for general admission.