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Mac & Cheese Festival

January 14 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for the Annual Mac & Cheese Festival on January 14, 2023!  The Mac & Cheese Festival celebrates your favorite childhood dish by featuring variations carefully prepared by local chefs who will be competing for the Golden Noodle Award! Attendees will enjoy a comfort-food-filled day tasting different cheesy dishes with perfect craft beer pairings and get to vote for their favorite dish to help award the People’s Choice Trophy! BRIE-lief us, tickets will sell out – get yours now just in QUESO!

Event requires walking short distances outdoors from venue to venue. All sites are ADA accessible.

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Its GOUDA news

1.) Buy Tickets! Select your starting package and check-in time frame and from there you can opt to purchase additional mac/beer tastings individually for just $2 or extra tasting bundles. All gourmet mac tasters are a 1/4 cup serving.

  • Lunch Session: Check-in time frame 11 am - 1 pm. Serving starts at Noon.
  • Dinner Session: Check-in time frame 2 pm - 4 pm.
    This is just your check-in time frame. Serving ends at 6 pm.

2) Show Up! Check in at your selected time frame at the Plaza Shops (210 E. Sherman Ave.) to receive your tasting passport, tickets, and glassware (if applicable). If you selected the Mac Daddy package, you will check in at the Resort and bypass the lines!

3) Let's Eat! Travel from site to site indulging in gourmet mac and craft beer! Some past fan favorites include Mac & Cheese Tacos, Mac & Cheese waffle cones and even Cheesy Gelato!! Just exchange a ticket for a sample and you will be in Mac & Cheese heaven! Don't forget to vote for your favorite to help award the Peoples' Choice Noodle!

Choose your Cheese

KIDDIE MAC - $12 (children 12 years & under)
- 4 Mac & Cheese Tasters

MAC PACK - $25
- 6 Mac & Cheese Tasters

MAC & BEER - $35 (21+)
- 8 (4 oz.) Beer Tastings
- 6 Mac & Cheese Tasters
- Commemorative Pint Glass

ANYTIME VIP MAC & BEER - $45 (21+)
Sponsored by:

- 10 (4 oz.) Beer Tastings
- 8 Mac & Cheese Tasters
- Commemorative Pint Glass
- Anytime Check-In

MAC DADDY - BOOK HERE

- Overnight accommodations at The Coeur d'Alene Resort
- Two Mac & Beer Tickets

**All tasters must be consumed on-site. To-go boxes are prohibited. Packages may not be shared between multiple people. Must be 21 years or older to purchase Mac & Beer Package & consume alcohol. Tickets are available while supplies last. Must purchase a package with a wristband to taste Mac. **

It better BRIE be good.

  • Gelato by the Lake
  • Rustic
  • Honey Eatery and Social Club
  • The Burger Dock
  • The Black Diamond
  • Mangia Catering Company
  • Pow'Waw Food Truck
  • Smokin Glory Food Truck
  • Sweet Lou's
  • Old School Liquor Bar
  • Kootenai Health Cafe
  • Moondollars Bistro
  • Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery
  • Bier Haus
  • Cosmic Cowboy Grill
  • Private Chef Greg Nehlich

Do you have a killer Mac & Cheese you believe has what it takes to bring home the Golden Noodle? If so, we are accepting applications from regional chefs that share our love for Mac & Cheese to join the festival! Apply at the link below.

Mac & Cheese Festival Chef Application - HERE

The Mac & Cheese Festival celebrates your favorite childhood dish by featuring variations carefully prepared by local chefs who will be competing for the coveted Golden Noodle Award, as well as the fans' favorite People’s Choice Trophy! The panel of judges consists of culinary experts, food writers, and community leaders.

Judges

Kris Kilduff

Kris Kilduff is crafted of 77% smoked gouda, 20% gnocchi and 3% ice cream sandwich. He has been a freelance food writer for 8+ years writing for local publications as Spokane CDA Magazine and Spokesman Review as well as national blogs like Eater.com.

Ryan “Mac”

My name is Ryan “Mac” and I have upheld every position in the food and beverage industry for the last 16 years. For the last 9 years I have been an Executive chef throughout different restaurants within the PNW. I was most recently the Executive C Chef of Paragon Brewing 2016-2019 and Westwood Brewing Co 2019-2022. Where I won the Golden Noodle 2 years in a row 2018 & 2019. I Currently am a Restaurant Consultant for Sysco Foods(Food Supplier for our North Idaho Restaurants). Where I work with restaurants/owners/staff all over the North Idaho Panhandle with menus, products, specials etc. I am looking forward to judging the Mac and Cheese Festival for my 3rd year in a row. Thank you so much for your time. Hope you Have a great New Year.

Linda Coppess

Born and raised in Coeur d’Alene, Linda is the President and CEO of the Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber, where she provides leadership, resources and advocacy for our business community. Prior to the chamber, Linda spent 25 years at Microsoft in various sales, marketing, product management and executive engagement roles.

Mark Robitaille

Mark moved to Coeur d’Alene, ID in 2024 where he took the position of V.P. for Tourism with the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce. He then took a position at Silverwood Theme Park as the Director of Marketing and Communications where he spent 9 ½ years. He is back to his tourism marketing roots as the executive director for the Coeur d’Alene Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has extensive non-profit experience both as staff in management positions and in volunteer board positions. He has served on the board of directors and was chairman of the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation, the board of directors of the EXCEL Foundation, is a current board member for the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce and is a former Rotarian providing 10 years of community service and financial support. Mark has also been a member of the tourism committees in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Sandpoint, ID.

Mackenzie Kaleff

Mackenzie is a student at North Idaho College. She also owns and operates The Woof Pack Pet Spa as a young female entrepreneur.

VOLUNTEER:

We could use an extra set of hands! Join our volunteer team and become a part of The Downtown Coeur d’Alene family! Our events run on the generosity of our volunteers, and help to ensure event attendees are happy and helped throughout each event. Volunteering is a chance to give back and provide a valuable service to your community, and there are some perks too!

Sign up using the link below!

VOLUNTEER 

Contact the Downtown Association via email -  info@cdadowntown.com or phone 208-415-0116 for inquiries.

The Coeur d'Alene Downtown Association is a 501C6 non-profit that was established in 1990 to provide services within the Business Improvement District. The DTA is a downtown management agency that maintains the physical appearance and quality of the downtown corridor, supports small business, and hosts monthly events creating a sense of place for the community.

VIP Swag Sponsor

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

Want to support one of Coeur d'Alene's largest community events and get your brand in front of hundreds of people? The Mac & Cheese Festival brings people from all over the United States to the downtown core to celebrate that classic dish! Check out the Sponsorship Opportunities HERE, then contact the Downtown Association via email -  info@cdadowntown.com or phone 208-415-0116 for inquiries.

The Coeur d'Alene Downtown Association is a 501C6 non-profit that was established in 1990 to provide services within the Business Improvement District. The DTA is a downtown management agency that maintains the physical appearance and quality of the downtown corridor, supports small business, and hosts monthly events creating a sense of place for the community.

Accommodations at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Mac Daddy Package available HERE

Kick off the festival with a Mac & Cheese Dinner Cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene on Friday, January 13, 2022! - Featuring a delicious cheese-filled line-up including Buffalo Chicken Mac, Cheese Manicotti, Mac Cheesecake, and a Build-Your-Own Mac & Cheese Bar with crispy bacon, little smokies, pickled jalapenos & MORE! Purchase tickets HERE

Details

Date:
January 14
Time:
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association
Phone:
208-667-5986
Email:
info@cdadowntown.com
View Organizer Website

Other

start date
2023-01-14

Venue

Downtown Coeur d’Alene
210 Sherman Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814 United States
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Phone:
208-415-0116