There’s no shortage of food festivals to attend every week here in New Orleans. With a festival for oysters, burgers, beignets and even cochon de lait, there’s nearly a festival for any type of food your heart desires. Now, lovers of the ultimate comfort food—macaroni and cheese—have a reason to celebrate because their favorite food is finally getting its own festival. The inaugural NOLA Mac N Cheese Fest will take place Saturday, October 21, at Louis Armstrong Park (701 N. Rampart Street) from 11a.m. – 7p.m.
The one-day event will feature live music, beer, cocktails, and most importantly of all—the best macaroni and cheese the city has to offer. Local eateries such as The Big Cheezy, MELT, Frey’s Smoked Meats, Fat Harry’s, Gonzo’s Smokehouse & BBQ, Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant, House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, Food Drunk, Little Gem Saloon, and Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar have already signed on to participate. Judges on-hand to crown the first Mac N Cheese Fest winner include Food Network Star runner-up and chef Jay Ducote; celebrity judge and burlesque star Trixie Minx; and social-media celeb Evie Bories. Meanhile Saints Super Fan Jarrius “Little J.J.” Robertson will serve as the judge of the Kid’s Choice Award winner.
The cheesy delicacy won’t be the only attraction of the day. The music stage will live feature performances by George Porter, Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners, John “Papa” Gros & Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Grayson Capps, Susan Cowsill, John Boutte, and the Fountainbleau High School Jazz Ensemble One.
While the festival is free, attendees are encouraged to skip the lines by pre-purchasing food and drink tickets in advance. For more details and ticket information, click here.