Some places doing a chili cook off. Or smoke some meats. We do a mac and cheese festival around here.
For the sixth year in a row, the Coeur d'Alene Downtown Association has organized a festival dedicated to the most iconic comfort food of all time: MAC & CHEESE!
Mark this festival on your calendar, as it will be held at various locations in the downtown of Coeur d'Alene. Indulge in some of the best and tastiest mac and cheese available all day long; this event is perfect for foodies of all ages.
6th Annual Mac & Cheese Festival, Downtown Coeur d'Alene!
Amazing food and drink can be found all around North Idaho, which is one of the best aspects of living in or visiting this state. You have access to fresh game, award-winning wines, sweet honey, huckleberry everything, craft beers and ciders, locally grown produce; all of which make for a delightful dining experience.
The "Golden Noodle" award will be given to the local chef who has the best version of everyone's all-time favorite food from their childhood, mac and cheese, at the 2023 CDA Mac and Cheese Festival.
At the 6th annual Mac and Cheese Festival, attendees can taste a variety of cheesy dishes, some of which will be paired with craft beer. They will have the opportunity to vote for their preferred dish to determine the winner of the People's Choice Award.
WHEN IS THE COEUR D'ALENE MAC AND CHEESE FESTIVAL?
The 2023 Mac and Cheese Festival is January 14, 2023
- 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.
If you want to start the party early: Sign up for the Mac Cheese Dinner Lake Cruise on Friday, January 13.
"Kick off the Mac Cheese Festival with an evening dinner cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Grab your friends, family, and kiddos to hop on board for some cheese-filled fun! 90-minute evening dinner cruises are offered at 4:30-6:00PM (boarding at 4PM) and 7:00-8:30PM (boarding at 6:30PM). This year’s menu features Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Manicotti, Mac and Cheese Cheesecake, Winter Green Salad, Fresh Fruit Salad, Fresh Vegetable Medley, Herb Focaccia with Butter and Black Forest Chocolate Cake.”
HOW CAN YOU PURCHASE TICKETS TO ATTEND THE 2023 COEUR D'ALENE MAC AND CHEESE FESTIVAL FESTIVAL?
Besides the Mac Daddy overnight package and the dinner cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene, there are a few other packages for the Mac and Cheese Fest.
You can buy tickets to the Mac and Cheese Festival here.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND THE COEUR D'ALENE MAC AND CHEESE FESTIVAL?
KIDDIE MAC - (Children 12 years & under) | $12
- Includes 4 Mac & Cheese Tasters
MAC PACK - $25
- Includes 6 Mac & Cheese Tasters
MAC & BEER - (ages 21+) | $35
- Includes 8 (4 oz.) Beer Tastings, 6 Mac & Cheese Tasters & Commemorative Pint Glass
ANYTIME VIP MAC & BEER - (ages 21+) | $45
- Includes 10 (4 oz.) Beer Tastings, 8 Mac & Cheese Tasters & Commemorative Pint Glass - Anytime Check-In
If you enjoy good food, craft beer and wine, or just want to support a local event then the 5th Annual 2022 Mac Cheese Festival is for you. If you're planning on going to this year's festival on January 14th, you should visit their website right now!
After you've eaten all your favorite cheese dishes, you won't have to worry because they provide great packages that include overnight accommodations with all of your meals included.
WANT YOUR MAC AND CHEESE RECIPE IN THE FESTIVAL?
Do you have a fantastic Mac and Cheese recipe that you think should be considered for a Golden Noodle award? If that's the case, the festival https://form.jotform.com/CDA_Downtown/Mac-cheese-chef-application