Rhode Island January 21, 2020
The Rhode Island Mac And Cheese Festival Will Leave You Happy And Full
The Newport Winter Festival is a time-honored February tradition we all know and love. And two years ago, the organizers actually added a festival within a festival. The Mac & Cheese Smackdown was such a hit that it’s returning for a third time, and we couldn’t be happier.
Every year, Newport Winter Festival gives us 10 days of continuous music, food, and fun.
From the children's events to the adult libations, there's truly something for everyone.
Many of the events take place at the lovely Gurney's Newport Resort, and that's where you'll find the Mac & Cheese Smackdown.
The Smackdown is one of three food competitions. The Chili Cook-Off and the Burger Bender have been so popular in the past, adding mac & cheese just made sense.
So what is it, exactly? basically, restaurants from Newport and the surrounding cities compete for prizes by cooking and handing out samples of their finest mac & cheese recipes.
Needless to say, it's one of the most popular parts of the festival.
Your only job as a guest is to eat as much mac & cheese as you can, then simply vote for your favorite.
Rest assured, your vote will not be an easy one.
This year's Mac & Cheese Smackdown will be on Saturday, February 22nd, from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
And if you're worried about traffic or parking, you can catch the Newport Trolley for free that day. Free Trolley Saturday runs from 11:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. and makes continuous loops with stops at The Newport Gateway Center, The Newport Harbor Hotel, and in front of The Red Parrot, taking you to Gurney's.
Prices for this year's contest haven't been released yet. Last year, they were $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
Of course, you'll get a discount if you purchase a bracelet for the Newport Winter Festival.
If you love mac & cheese, you won't want to miss this exciting event.
Wear your stretchy pants.
The Mac & Cheese Smackdown is a delicious part of the
Newport Winter Festival. If you’re a cheese lover, check it out.
Address: 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI 02840, USA