Come join us at the 6th annual Charleston Mac Off. No other food combines love, comfort, and Southern roots like Mac and Cheese. This melt in your mouth mainstay is a classic that is served as a side dish, a pasta entrée, a casserole, fried appetizer or even dessert on many Charleston menus. The Mac Off is an event that gives tribute to our love of this versatile cheesy dish and we are seeking to crown the best of the best. 25 local restaurants, cafes, and caterers will compete for the Best Mac and Cheese in Charleston.
Last year, a record of 6,000 people gathered to sample traditional and gourmet offerings of Mac & Cheese and award bragging rights to The Best Mac & Cheese in Charleston. This year will be even better! Check out our recap video below.
Bring a chair, towel or blanket and come spend the afternoon indulging in the South’s greatest food, mac & cheese.
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WHERE / WHEN IS IT?
October 24th, 2015 The Grove at Patriots Point 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 FROM 2pm - 7pm
TRAVEL AND PARKING
We want everyone to get to the Mac Off safely and have a GREAT time. Please read over these important notes about parking.
On Site parking:The Patriot’s Point Parking lot is open to Mac Off Parking for the day. Please note that there is limited parking here and Patriot’s Point does charge $5 per car to park.
VIP PARKING $20:Get the ultimate in VIP parking experiences. 100 VIP parking spots available at the Pavilion next to The Fish House Restaurant.This is a short walk from the Grove or jump on the Graffiti Limo! The Graffiti Limo will run from 12:45pm to 2:45pm and again from 5:45pm to 7pm to and from the Grove. Thank you to The Fish House and The Graffiti Limo, our official VIP Parking sponsors.
OFF-SITE PARKING:We will have FREE parking at the following locations with a shuttle that runs every 15 minutes provided by Durham School Services. Look for Shuttle Pick-Up Signs at:
- Cinebarre - 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Mt. Pleasant, SC
- Sticky Fingers in Village Pointe - 341 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mt. Pleasant, SC
WATER TAXI:The Charleston Water Taxi will be running every hour from downtown at The Waterfront Park and Maritime Center to Patriot’s Point. Parking at the Maritime Center is FREE. The Charleston Water Taxi is offering a special rate to Mac Off riders - All day pass for $8.
TICKETS / FESTIVITIES
Tickets go on sale AUGUST 24th!
General Admission Advance Tickets: $10
General Admission Gate Ticket: $15
Tasting Tickets: $1 each
***NOTES: Admission tickets are required to enter the event. Kids 5 and under will be admitted for FREE. Tasting tickets used to taste macaroni and cheese samples & purchase alcohol/beverages. 1 tasting ticket = 1 sample of mac and cheese. Alcohol and beverage prices will vary and will be posted at the event bars.
This is a family friendly event. Kids 5 and under will receive FREE admission. Please bring blankets or chairs and come enjoy the day with us. No pets. No coolers. No outside food/drink.
Kid's Zone sponsored by Annie's Nannies
Drop your kiddos off for a fun-filled day while you enjoy the Mac Off. Annie's Nannies will have a fenced off area for parents to drop their children off. The Kids zone will feature jump castles, stroller check, face painting, movie tent, corn pit, arts and crafts and more sponsored by Annie's Nannies!
The Kids Zone will also feature pony rides from LEARN and a gymnastics course from Rock Solid Gymnastics. Your kid will have a blast!
$1 each ( Used to buy macaroni and cheese samples & purchase alcohol. All other food and vendor goods sold separately.)
Tasting tickets can be purchased inside the event.
Please note that Patriot's Point charges $5 to park in their lot. Other parking plans/shuttles to be announced soon.
Voting: Event attendees will have the opportunity to savor 25 delectable macaroni and cheese samples and cast a vote for their favorite at the end of the event. A guest panel of local celebrity judges will also choose their favorite and present two awards at the end of the competition: Best Mac and Cheese in Charleston: Food Critics Choice, and Best Mac and Cheese in Charleston: People’s Choice.
Charleston Artisan Cheese House Macaroni and Cheese Eating Competition: Get your forks ready to compete and eat. Think you are the biggest lover of mac and cheese? Prove it! 15 hungry individuals will prepare themselves to eat the most mac and cheese they are capable of. Each contestant will have 5 (five) 8 oz (eight ounce) bowls (40 oz total) of macaroni and cheese placed in front of them to eat as quickly as they can within 5 (five) minutes. The winner will receive a Sunset Cruise and Overnight stay valued at $450 from Sail South Carolina.
Home Grown Cooks Competition: Blow off the dust from Aunt Patty's macaroni and cheese recipe and bring it to the judging table. 10 local Charlestonians will take the roll of chef in this portion of the Mac Off and compete for the title of Best Home Grown Cook. The winner will receive a gift basket from Southern Season and bragging rights for Best Macaroni and Cheese - Local Style.
Interested in becoming a participant? Email email@example.com for information on how to get involved.
Fill out out entry form by downloading the PDF below.
Vendor Village: Hosting 15 vendors, this farmers market-type set up will showcase handmade crafts and goods from local artisans. Interested in becoming a vendor? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to get involved.
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Bourbon Trail: What better to accompany the South's favorite comfort food than the South's favorite spirit? Stroll through the softly lit trees of the Grove while sampling a variety of top shelf bourbons in the process. Trail sponsored by RNDC.