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Mac & Cheese Festival

January 15 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We’ll be back January 14, 2023!


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!

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


1.) Choose your package! Select your starting package, from there you can opt to purchase additional mac/beer tastings individually for just $2 or extra tasting bundles. All gourmet mac tasters are more than a 1/4 cup serving.

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

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.

3) Lets Eat! Travel from site to site indulging in gourmet mac. Some past fan favorites include Mac & Cheese Tacos, Mac & Cheese waffle cone, 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 Golden Noodle!


KIDDIE MAC – $12 (children 12 years & under)

– 3 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


– Overnight accommodations at The Coeur d’Alene Resort

– Two Mac & Beer Tickets

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

It’s GOUDA be good.

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

Kick off the festival with a Mac & Cheese Dinner Cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene on Friday, January 14, 2022! These 90-minute cheese-filled cruises are offered at 4:30PM, 5:00PM, 7:00PM and 7:30PM. And this year’s menu cannot be beat – featuring Bourbon Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Loaded Bacon Mac and even Deep Fried Mac & Cheese Fondue Bites! Yes, please!



January 15
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association
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Downtown Coeur d’Alene
210 Sherman Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814 United States
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