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  • Get Involved

    Do You Want To Be A

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  • Join the FUN! Become a Sponsor!

    Corporate Sponsorships available!

    We pride ourselves in customizing sponsor packages to suit your brand.

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

  • Are You A Food Vendor?

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

    Food has always been an important part of life in the city, and not just in Cleveland. Other cities have their own versions. No city compares to Cleveland. The Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown prides itself on 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 a 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 fifth 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. The deadline for applications is February 5th

    Estimated Attendance: 1,500

    Event Location: The Madison, 4601 Payne Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103 Map

    Load-In Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM on Saturday, March 2nd. Hours of operation begin at 12:00 pm.



    Provided by Us/The Venue:

    • Dedicated 50 AMP outlet.
    • One dedicated garbage can.
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • 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 1500 guests.
    • Any and all water/sanitation pieces needed for warming/approval by the Cuy Health Department. *required
    • Please bring your own serving pieces and additional safety items (fire extinguisher, health and food safety items)*required
    • 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 their Mobile Food Service Permit to complete their application and no later than thirty (30) days before the day of the event.
    • Set-up/Break-down to be completed by you/your staff.

    *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 the tasting table.
    • Acknowledgment and thank you at the event.
    • Logo on the event map.
    • Acknowledgment during all live broadcast interviews - TV & Radio (February 2021)
    • Acknowledgment and link on W.A.G.S. 4 Kids website for one year.
    • Acknowledgment and link on W.A.G.S. 4 Kids social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
    • Acknowledgment and thank you in W.A.G.S. 4 Kids newsletters.
    • Logo in W.A.G.S. 4 Kids e-blast
  • Food Vendor Application

  • Do You Want To Volunteer?

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

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    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 or leggings that you don't mind getting dirty
    • Comfortable, closed toes shoes

    You will be responsible for your own valuables for the duration of the time that you are on site. 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 Mac 'N Cheese Throwdown general admission to be used at festival after your shift.
    • Our eternal gratitude.

    Job Descriptions

    View all Job Descriptions & Sign Up for the position that perks your interest by clicking below!

    Thank you in advance for your time and mac-tastic efforts! You are what makes this event GREAT year after year!

  • Contact Us

    For Any Questions or Media Inquiries Call:

    Sera Nelson

    Executive Director - W.A.G.S. 4 Kids
    email: sera@wags4kids.com
    phone: 216.586.5853 ext. 2

    The Madison, 4601 Payne Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103
    Sunday, March 5th, 2023
    12pm- 3:30pm
    216-586-5853 x 2