3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Festival a Huge Success


The 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Festival held March 7 at Destin Commons was a huge success. The event raised $45,000 and welcomed roughly 2,000 attendees throughout the day. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence through its programs focused on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

The family-friendly event featured gourmet, chef-inspired twists on the South’s favorite comfort food. Local restaurants brought their A-game to compete for the best mac and cheese in town. Visitors were able to sample each vendor and cast in their vote. There were three categories in total, Judge’s Choice Award, People’s Choice Award, and Kid’s Choice Award.

Judge’s Choice: Stanley’s Street Treats
People’s Choice: Jackacuda’s Seafood and Sushi
Kid’s Choice: Gulf Coast Burger Company

This event was made possible by these generous sponsors: Publix Charities, Step One Automotive, T-Mobile, SimpleHR, Stephen and Joan Carter, Specialty Roofers, Old Bay Steamer, Rock Out Climbing Gym, Coastal Kitchen Catering & Events, and Destin Commons.