• Did Someone Say Mac 'n' Cheese?

    We're going back to the blacktop as Cleveland's top FOOD TRUCKS throw down for the ultimate title in comfort food. Three local celebrity judges and YOU will decide who ultimately wins the title of Cleveland’s “Best Mac 'n' Cheese” at The Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown going down on Sunday, June 6th at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.


    Presented by FirstEnergy & SMART Local 33, the Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown celebrates the rise of the Cleveland food scene, highlighting numerous Cleveland food trucks. The Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown also is a fundraiser for W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, a local 501(c)(3) Non-Profit.

  • 5th Annual Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown

    Sunday, June 6, 2021

    11:00AM - 7:00PM

    Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

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




    Cleveland's finest FOOD TRUCKS will be serving up delicious mac and cheese specials and MORE all day long. Listen to live acoustic entertainment at the Front St Social Stage, vote for your favorite mac dishes, and share your experiences on social to win prizes.







    Participating food trucks will go head-to-head in two categories: “Classic Mac” and “Modern Mac” with one goal in mind – to be named the “Best Mac in Cleveland” by a panel of celebrity judges and a people’s choice vote by text.






    This year's Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown will have both walking and drive thru ticket options. Those who purchase drive thru tickets will have food runners taking their order and delivering their food to their car at each vendor. Attendees that purchase a walking ticket will have to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including practicing social distancing and wearing a face mask over their nose and mouth.






    While mac ‘n’ cheese is the star of the event, participating food trucks will offer additional menu items to attendees. New this year, menu items will be sold separately from general admission tickets. In previous years, all food was donated by restaurants, allowing for discounted ticket prices and a shorter event duration. With the service industry suffering as much as the non-profit community due to COVID-19, W.A.G.S. 4 Kids determined that it was only fair to share proceeds with the service community that has continued to support their mission over the years, resulting in the event’s alternative pricing and extended hours.



    General Admission $2/person. (All ages)

    Purchase your tickets!


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    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

  • Boozy Beverages & Vendors

    Alcoholic beverages will only be available to those with Walking Admission Tickets

  • Mac-Tastic Entertainment

    Live Music and Mac -

    A Winning Combination!

    Entertainment sponsored by Front St Social


    Live, acoustic entertainment will be provided during the Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown! Local Cleveland musicians will be performing on the Front St Social stage for all to enjoy, including:


    Jungle Terry and Friends

    Ziggy D of C-Level

    Taylor Lamborn

    AJ & The Woods

    The Goldencap Corral

    Lea Marra



    NEO Bubble Soccer

    Bubble Soccer, Bubble Mini Games, and More!

    Want to work off a little bit of all that mac 'n' cheese you've been eating? NEO Bubble Soccer will be attending the event and bringing along bubble games that you can enjoy between your bites of mac!

  • Two ounce samples of mac ‘n’ cheese will be offered at all trucks and will be sold for $2 each. Prices vary for entre sized servings.

    Competing Mac 'n' Cheese dishes are listed in orange.

    1. Fungry


    $3-6 Chorizo Mac ‘n’ Cheese
    $11 The Sugar Daddy (Chorizo patty/chiro sugar donut bun/pepper jack cheese/smoked paprika aioli/Jalapeno relish)
    $12 Say Hello To My Little Friend (Brioche Bun/pulled pork/sliced ham/swiss cheese/spicy mustard/pickles)
    $7 Mickey’s Big Irish Wiener (Jalapeno Relish/Bacon/Beer Cheese)
    $1, 2 Water, Pop

    2. Cleveland Clinic, Aramark

    $2 Classic Gouda Mac Vegetarian


    3. Pink Piggy BBQ


    $2 Brisket Bite Mac (Sample Size Only)
    $5-8 Plain or Loaded Mac
    $12 Sample Plate (2 pulled pork sliders, baked beans, pickled red onion slaw)
    $6 Smoked Kielbasa w/ Kraut
    $2 Water, Lemonade, Iced Tea


    4. MODbites: Street Food by NUEVO


    * Tacos: 3 for $10

    $3 Roasted Poblano Mac 'n' Cheese Vegetarian

    $4.50 Korean Beef Taco*

    $3.50 Enchilada Chicken Taco*

    $3.50 Not So Beefy Taco*

    $2.50 Street Corn

    $2, $3 Water, Pop


    5. Sprinkles & Milk

    $6 Caramel, Crazy, Cream Sundae  Vegetarian
    $4 Strawberry Throwdown
    $4 Key Lime Burst
    $1 Water

    6. Wild Spork

    Cash/Credit, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free

    $2 Fakin’ Bacon Ranch Bites (Sample Size Only) Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free
    $10 Burgers
    $10 Crispy Chicken
    $5-8 Loaded Fries
    $3, $2 Water, Pop


    7. Manna Truck


    $6 Truffle Mac Vegetarian
    $8 Buffalo Cauliflower Mac
    $10 Bacon Mac Burger
    $4 Tater Tots w/ Melted Cheese & Scallions
    $1 Water, Pop


    8. Hatfield's Goode Grub


    $2 Creamy Tomato Basil Mac (Sample Size Only) Vegetarian
    $8-10 BBQ Parfait
    $8 Pulled Pork Sandwich
    $8 Chicken Sandwich


    9. Cheesy Dave's


    $12 The Buffalo (5-Cheese Mac w/ Buffalo Chicken, Ranch, Blue Cheese, Celery)
    $8 The Wisconsin (5-Cheese Mac)
    $12 The Philadelphia (5-Cheese Philly Cheese Steak Mac)
    $12 The Capri (Caprese mac with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato, and balsamic glaze)
    $1 Water, Pop


    10. Graeter's (Not Competing)

    Cash/Credit, Vegetarian

    $5 Chip Wheelie Ice Cream Sandwich

    $5 Pre-Packaged Big Scoops - Various Flavors

  • Judges

    Meet Our Celebrity Judges

    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

    Douglas Katz


    Cleveland Museum of Art, chutney b., Zhug, Chimi, & Amba

    For the past 20 plus years Chef Douglas Katz was the chef/owner and executive chef of fire food and drink at Shaker Square. He is the Chef/Partner of Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In addition, Chef Katz is the chef/proprietor of several other concepts including chutney b. at Van Aken, Zhug at Cedar Fairmount, Chimi and Amba on Lee Road.


    For more than three decades, Chef Katz has been celebrated for his unwavering support of local farmers and food artisans. In 2014, the prestigious James Beard Foundation nominated him for best Chef of the Great Lakes Region.

    People's Choice Judge


    Text to Vote! It's as easy as 1-2-3!
    1. Text MAC to A five digit number to be provided closer to the event.
    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 6:00pm
  • Vote for People's Choice!

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



    Text MAC to a 66866



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



    Choose your favorite and click "Submit"!

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