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    Contact Sera Nelson at sera@wags4kids.com or by phone at (216) 586-5853 x 2

  • Are You A Food Vendor?


    Bring your best mac 'n cheese to throw down against the Best of Cleveland at The SMART Local 33 Mac 'N Cheese Throwdown. May the best Mac win...

    Food has always been an important part of getting people downtown, and not just in Cleveland. Other cities have their own versions. No city compares to Cleveland. The SMART Local 33 Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown prides itself with the sense of community. It's another step in trying to build off a growing foodie and craft beer culture. More than that – Cleveland is an 18-hour-a-day city that loves to eat and drink for a great cause that they can see make a change in the community that they live, work and play in. Proceeds from the tasting benefiting local charity, Working Animals Giving Service for Kids – providing mobility service and autism spectrum service dogs exclusively to children with special needs throughout Northeast Ohio. Cleveland is blessed with a wide range of culinary excellence. As a first annual event, the only cost to compete is your pride. We would like to showcase the diverse options available in our community.


    Thank you for your interest. Deadline for applications is January 12th.

    Estimated Attendance: 3,000

    Event Location: Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave. E, Cleveland, OH 44114 Map

    Load In Time: 8:00AM - 11:30AM on Saturday, February 23rd. Please be on site no later than 11:00am.



    Provided by Us/The Venue:

    • 2 - 6' Tables with linens

    • One dedicated 20 AMP outlet.

    • 2oz. serving cups, napkins, and forks.

    • One dedicated garbage can.

    • BEST MAC Winners to receive an editorial feature in Cleveland Scene Magazine PLUS a really awesome trophy.

    Provided By You:

    • THE MAC! 2 oz. Samples for 3,000 guests donated for your table

    • Burners are okay, Sternos preferred. No LP.

    • Please bring your own serving pieces and additional safety items (fire extinguisher, health and food safety items)

    • Up to One (1) 6’ Horizontal and/or Two (2) Vertical banners to brand your table along with any other promotional materials you wish to bring.

    • Restaurants must furnish Temporary Food Service Permit fourteen (14) days prior to the day of the event.

    • Set-up/Break-down to be completed by you/your staff. May exit as early at 3:30pm. Must exit the building no later than 8PM.

    *Please be prepared to bring your dish pre-prepared (preferred) or bring a mobile kitchen.


    Benefits Include:

    • BEST MAC Winners to receive an editorial feature in Cleveland Scene Magazine PLUS a really awesome trophy.

    • Announcement on event advertisement materials.
    • Corporate recognition at tasting table.
    • Acknowledgement and thank you at the event.
    • Logo on the event map.
    • Acknowledgement during all live broadcast interviews - TV & Radio (February 2019)
    • Acknowledgement and link on W.A.G.S. 4 Kids website for one year.
    • Acknowledgement and link on W.A.G.S. 4 Kids social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
    • Acknowledgement and thank you in W.A.G.S. 4 Kids newsletters.
    • Logo in W.A.G.S. 4 Kids e-blast
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  • Do You Want To Volunteer?


    Thank you for your interest in volunteering for The SMART Local 33 Mac 'N Cheese Throwdown! Volunteers are truly the backbone of any event and your support is greatly appreciated.

    What to expect as a volunteer

    What to wear:

    • You will be given a W.A.G.S. 4 Kids T-Shirt to wear the day of the event.
    • Pants, shirts or shorts that you don't mind getting dirty
    • Comfortable closed toes shoes

    Purses and other valuable items can be stored in a secured area. We will provide water for you throughout the event.

    Rules and Expectations

    Our volunteers are a key attribute to the festival and to our patrons; you are instrumental in setting the friendly vibe that keeps people coming back. As such, we ask that volunteers maintain a friendly, civil, and welcoming demeanor at all times.


    We also ask that all volunteers report for work on time, dressed appropriately, and free of the influence of alcohol or other substances. Here is a complete list of volunteer rules and expectations:


    Volunteer Expectations:

    1. Report to your volunteer coordinator 10 minutes prior to your shift start.
    2. An ability to work well with a variety of other people including W.A.G.S. 4 Kids staff, other volunteers and attendees.
    3. Give us your best effort and perform quality work – stay on task.
    4. Wear comfortable pants, shorts or a skirt you don't mind getting dirty and close-toed shoes, and a shirt with sleeves.
    5. If you have complaints, issues and/or questions about any volunteer’s actions or decisions, please direct your concern to your Captain and the volunteer coordinator will come and help resolve the situation.
    6. Volunteers will have the ability to sample the beverages they are serving and are more than welcome to enjoy the Mac after their shift. However, volunteers are required to stay sober during their shift.

    Questions? Call 216.586.5853 ext. 2 or email sera@wags4kids.com


    Volunteer Perks

    • 1 free SMART Local 33 Mac 'N Cheese Throwdown general admission to be used at festival after your shift.
    • The guaranteed ability to buy one (1) general admission at half price for your plus one. (Must Pre-Purchase. No guarantee after sell-out)
    • Our eternal gratitude.

    Job Descriptions


    Distribute ice, water and soft drinks, relay communication, assist staff and Captains in a variety of tasks. Must be highly mobile and able to repeatedly lift 50 lbs. or more.


    Tasting/Drink Tickets

    Sell tasting or drink tickets. Track total tickets sold. Please come with your smart phone fully charged. Must be comfortable processing credit cards on your smart phone.



    Set-up/Tear-down crews are needed Saturday before and after the event. In addition to moving tables, barriers and supplies, the duties require the ability to repeatedly move 50lbs bags of ice and cases of beer.


    Beer & Liquor Servers

    Collect drink tickets. Pour samples of beer and/or cocktails for guests. Keep service area tidy. Clean-up area at end of your shift. Looking for friendly people with the ability to stand for extended periods. Experience a plus.


  • Contact Us

    For Any Questions or Media Inquiries Call:

    Sera Nelson

    Director of Development & Special Events - W.A.G.S. 4 Kids
    email: sera@wags4kids.com
    phone: 216.586.5853 ext. 2

    Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Avenue East, Cleveland, OH 44114
    Saturday, Feb 23rd, 2019
    12 PM - 3:30PM
    216-586-5853 x 2