Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Charleston Mac-Off

I'd been waiting for this day since this time last year.  Its the 5th annual Charleston Mac off! It's that time of year when everybody can socialize and get their mac on! If you are a macaroni and cheese lover, than this is the event for you! All different types of macaroni and cheese selections to choose from. A small entry fee and tickets for food and drinks and you are ready to get mac and cheese wasted!           
                 I don't know why, but I love this pic!

         Here are some pics from this year's event. 

 What began like this...Slowly...  (well not too slowly)           
Grew into this...

 With close to 5000 people in attendance, CisternYard Media hails it is the largest mac and cheese competition in America.  Each creamy, cheesy, yummy selection was worth every delicious bite! Some of my favorites are pictured here.

Now,  this isn't your mama's regular macaroni and cheese. Selections like smoked ham with collard greens, topped off with encrusted pork rinds (my favorite 2 years ago by Graze); buffalo chicken or kimchi, lobster or breaded, or loads and loads of different types of cheeses!  Did I just make your mouth water? 

 With all that cheesy goodness, you have to have something good to wash it all down.  Our friends from the local Firefly distillery were on hand to whip up any combination of drinks you'd like.  If you haven't tried their vodka, you're missing out on a treat.  I was enjoying my drink so much, I totally forgot to take a picture of it.  ;)

Of course, there were other venders available that served their brand of vodka, wine and also non-alcoholic selections.  You definitely would not be disappointed!  

In case you forgot, this is a competition and this year's winners were:  
  • Best Mac & Cheese, People’s Choice: Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House
  • Best Mac & Cheese, Critic’s Choice: Crave Kitchen and Cocktails
  • Best Mac & Cheese, Local Ingredient: Burton’s Grill
  • Best Mac & Cheese, Home Grown Cooks Competition: Charles Miller
           Congratulations to everyone who participated and to the winners!  Until next year...