The Maryland Mac & Cheese Festival ran from Saturday, Aug 28, 2021, to Sunday, Aug 29, 2021, from noon to 6 PM on both days. We had the opportunity to go to the festival on Saturday around 2 PM.
Ticket details and best methods to get the most out of the festival
General admission got you into the event at 2 PM for $14.99. If you wanted to get vouchers for the mac and cheese, you needed a premium ticket for $29.99, which included event entry, ten mac and cheese vouchers, and a free drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).
If you were particularly fancy, you could pay $49.99 for the VIP access and get into the event early at noon, consume unlimited mac and cheese from 12 -2 PM, and use the open VIP bar for free drinks from 12 - 2 PM.
Between the two of us, we opted for one general admission and one premium ticket so we could share a drink and ten vouchers. The line to get in was super long and it was extremely hot outside, so the person registering us in line gave me a free drink voucher even though general admission doesn't typically get one. Thank you, Baltimore!
Review of festival experience
The festival itself was made up of "15 of the area's best restaurants, and food trucks". The event was very walkable, with tents of various mac and cheese businesses and food trucks set up. Some places didn't only offer mac and cheese and had churros and enchiladas available.
You might think you'd get tired of mac and cheese, but we didn't. They had spicy mac and cheese, pulled pork mac and cheese, jerk mac and cheese, the list goes on. The serving size was decent, aka the size you would expect a reasonable person to eat with dinner, but that wasn't good enough for us unreasonable people.
We weren't expecting some of the mac and cheese to cost two tickets instead of one, which we thought was a bit of a cheap move considering how expensive the festival was. The drink vouchers proved very necessary as it was extremely hot out that day. We got three free glasses of water from various bars inside the festival area and used our vouchers on soda and vodka. It is worth noting the drink vouchers are for the bars, not the vendors, as we ended up having to pay $8 for one of our drinks from a food truck.
We had a blast at this festival. It was hosted by Power Plant Live!, and if you're bummed you missed this event, no worries! They have a chicken and wings festival on Saturday, November 6th that'll certainly be just as good. We'll see you there!
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