Start the fasting now -- The Mac Off is coming to the Grove on October 24th

7a840a39-98ba-48a9-84c3-193abfe81ebf9,375 pounds of cheese to be consumed at this year's event -- Will you be there?

After welcoming a record crowd in 2014, the Charleston MAC OFF returns to the Charleston area for its sixth straight year on Saturday, October 24th from 2 pm until 7 pm. The event features multiple Holy City restaurants battling it out for the title of Best Macaroni & Cheese! The event will once again be held at The Grove at Patriots Point.

Besides all the yummy mac & cheese, there will also be live music, a Bourbon trail, a home grown cooks competition (download the entry form here), an artisan village, a macaroni and cheese eating competition, kids' activities, and more. Live music will be provided by Banana Pancakes, a Jack Johnson tribute band.

This year, over 25 local restaurants, chefs  and caterers will compete against each other. Participants include Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse, Cherrywood BBQ and Ale House, Burtons Grill, Bohemian Bull, The Loophole, Roti Rolls, Coleman Public House, Charleston Sports Pub, The Shelter Kitchen + Bar, Carolina Ale House, and more to be announced later.

Attendees, and a panel of celebrity judges, will have the chance to try all of the mac & cheese varieties and vote for their favorite. In total, participants will compete for one of 3 awards:

  • Best Mac & Cheese: People's Choice
  • Best Mac & Cheese: Critic’s Choice
  • Best Mac & Cheese: Local Ingredient

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online starting on August 24th. Food, beverage, and mac & cheese tasting tickets are sold for $1 each at the event.

This is a family-friendly event. Blankets or chairs are welcome. Patriot's Point charges $5 to park in their lot. Other parking plans/shuttles will be announced soon.

For more information about the MAC OFF, visit the official webpage and watch the 2014 recap video below:

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