• Did Someone Say Mac 'N Cheese?

    Time to warm up as Cleveland's top thirty restaurants throw down for the ultimate title in comfort food. Three local celebrity judges and YOU will decide who ultimately gets the title of Cleveland’s “Best Mac 'n' Cheese” at The Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown going down on Saturday, June 5th at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, the ultimate comfort food festival, presented by Working Animals Giving Service for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids).


    The Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown celebrates the rise of the Cleveland food scene, highlighting numerous Cleveland restaurants. The Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown also is a fundraiser for W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, 501(c)(3) Non-Profit.

  • 5th Annual

    Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown: Drive Thru Edition

    Saturday, June 5, 2021

    11:00AM - 7:00PM

    Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

    19201 East Bagley Road Middleburg Heights, OH 44130 ● Map It




    ** Due To COVID Restrictions, This Year's Event Will Be Drive-Thru Only. We look forward to getting our mac down with you in person as soon as we are able. This also means that just like a drive-in movie, entertainment will be provided for you to tune into the entire time you are in line. Thank you for your continued support of this event and W.A.G.S. 4 Kids! **


    You Came. You Saw. You Spoke. We Listened.

    Now...THE MAC IS BACK!


    Come experience the tastiest food fight and only Mac and Cheese Festival in Cleveland, with the 30 top restaurants serving up delicious Mac 'n' Cheese specials all day long. You decide who takes the title of BEST MAC! Let your taste buds be your guide as you drive thru this mactastic maze, taste by the bite, stream LIVE entertainment featuring local artists and chefs, vote for your favorites, and share your experiences on social to WIN prizes.



    General Admission $2/person. (All ages)



    See Our 2020 Winners

    Tickets On Sale Now!

    Get 'em before we sell out! Want to sample all the deliciousness & cast your vote on the best of the bunch?

    Click Here

    Is Your Mouth Watering Yet?

    Check Out The Competition

    Calling All Volunteers!


    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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    The Mac 'N Cheese Throwdown 2020 was a success! Thanks to all of you - W.A.G.S. 4 Kids has raised over $120,000 since 2017 towards our service dog training program - placing mobility service and autism spectrum service dogs exclusively with kids throughout Northeast and Central Ohio!

    For more information contact

    Sera Nelson
    Executive Director

    Email: sera@wags4kids.com 
    Phone: 216-586-5853 x2

  • Meet Your 2021 Competitors

    View Last Year's Competition

    Featured Restaurants


    In the "Classic Mac" (Vegetarian Friendly) Category:

    In the "Modern Mac" (Anything Goes!) Category:

    See our list of participants from 2020 here.

    Featuring Tito's VIP Bar

    Non-Alcoholic Options will be available for sale at all participating locations. Including:

    Distillata Bottled Water

    Coke Products - Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite.


    Please stand by. Due to both driving regulations and COVID safety standards, we will have to let you know if we will be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages this year.



  • Judges

    Text to Vote!

    Judge #1

    Andrew Zelman

    Cleveland Scene Magazine


    Andrew Zelman is the Publisher of Cleveland Scene Magazine, now in it's 49th year covering arts, dining, music, culture and news in the Cleveland area. Zelman and his wife Shannon have a three-year-old son and an one-year-old son, both of whom love Mac and Cheese.

    Judge #2

    Monica Robins
    WKYC-TV Sr. Health Correspondent

    Monica Robins is an Emmy award winning reporter well known as one of Northeast Ohio’s most reliable sources for health news. As Senior Health Correspondent, Monica has the ability to take even the most complicated medical procedure and make it understandable and relatable to viewers. Her stories are often broadcast nationally at other NBC and Tegna/Gannett stations.
    Whenever she can find spare time, Monica and her Great Pyrenees, Fergus, are certified by Therapy Dogs International and volunteer bringing emotional support to patients in local nursing homes.

    Judge #3

    Amira Fahmy

    Owner/Executive Chef,

    baked AF

    Amira Fahmy (aka. AF) is the brain behind “baked AF,” a small-batch Cleveland bakery specializing in thoughtfully crafted throwback snacks. Having been described as being equal parts sugar, science, nostalgia, and whimsy, Amira takes beloved childhood snacks and playfully recreates them from scratch using local and high-quality ingredients.


    Follow her @bakedafcle on Instagram to make sure you don’t miss the next pop-up or special ordering event!

    People's Choice Judge


    Text to Vote! It's as easy as 1-2-3!
    1. Text MAC to 66866
    2. Click the survey link to vote for your choice for Best Mac!       
    3.  Click Submit!
    Voting opens when doors open and closes promptly at 3:00pm
  • Vote for People's Choice!

    Text to Vote! It's as easy as 1-2-3!



    Text MAC to a five digit number to be provided closer to the event.



    Click the survey link to vote for your choice for Best Mac!



    Choose your favorite and click "Submit"!

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