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Hoboken {Mac & Cheese Festival} 2020: 9 Things to Look Forward To

Tickets sold out in less than 7 minutes this year, AGAIN! If you were lucky enough to snag one of these coveted tickets to the 2nd annual Hoboken Mac & Cheese Festival hosted by Hoboken Happy Hours and Party With Purpose, below is what you have to look forward to. And if you didn’t hit “purchase” fast enough this year, read this article and start dreaming about next year’s.


1. All The Cheesy Vendors

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It’s a Mac & Cheese Festival, so obviously we’re all just here for the actual mac & cheese, amiright? Below is the list of cheesy vendors, and what twist on mac & cheese they’ll be serving up. You’ll get a sample from each participating vendor, and even get a cheesy passport to keep track! Have I said “cheese” enough yet?

  • Barbès (Featuring Macaroni Au Gratin)
  • The Ainsworth (Featuring Mac & Cheese)
  • Madd Hatter (Featuring Buffalo Mac, Fajita Mac, Blackend Steak Mac, Classic Mac)
  • Tony Boloney’s (Featuring AY DIOS MIO-MAC!)
  • Madison Bar & Grill (Featuring Cheeseburger Studded 4 Cheese Mac and Cheese)
  • Sorellina Italian Kitchen & Wine (Featuring Italian Wedding Soup Mac and Cheese with Kale Pasta and Turkey Meatballs )
  • Texas Arizona (Featuring Buffalo Mac and House Mac)
  • Quality Greens Kitchen (Featuring House Mac and Gluten-Free Mac)
  • Onieal’s (Featuring Homemade Four Cheese Mac)
  • Ghost Truck Kitchen (Featuring Smoked Garlic Mac & Cheese)
  • Doughnut Evolution (Featuring The Mac Daddy – Mac & Cheese Doughnut)
  • Belo Bar (Featuring Arancini)


2. Donating To A Cause

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A portion of ticket sales are going directly to Party With Purpose, a 100% volunteer based, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the concept of producing great events to raise money for children’s charities and bringing the community together in the process. You can eat your cheese knowing you’re doing good for the world!


3. People’s Choice: Best Mac!

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Help us choose the winner of the best mac & cheese dish! With this cheesy contest, you, the people, get to vote and decide on which cheesy vendor gets to take home the coveted prize.


4. Live Music

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No good event goes without live music to keep you entertained. As you make your way through the cheesy maze, you’ll be listening to all of the hits with Twisted Charm.


5. Non-Cheesy Vendors

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Not only will you be able to snack on basically endless amounts of mac and cheese, make sure you also check out the non-cheese vendors like Thomas Felice watches, JM Seaglass, New York Sports Club. Because nothing says cheese like fitness.


6. Send Noods T-Shirts

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If you didn’t add a Send Noods t-shirt to your order when you purchased your tickets, you may be able to snag one day of. But beware, these is VERY limited quantity left, so they’ll only be sold while supplies last.


7. Instagrammable Moments

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If taking pictures with your mac & cheese concoctions on your phone isn’t enough, there will be a photo booth for all your cheesy action shots! Here’s a picture of last year’s, so you can start planning your shots now.


8. Alcohol For Purchase

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Yay, cash bar (if you’re 21+, of course)! Make sure you wash down that mac & cheese deliciousness with $5 glasses of red or white wine and $5-$6 beer drafts. And yes, this isn’t a picture of the beer and wine for purchase, but it is of the mac & cheese you’ll be washing down with it. Cheese pictures >>>, anyways.


9. Food Coma-ing With Your Best Friends

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And at the end of the day, the best part about this festival is hanging out with your friends and family. There is truly nothing like knowing you’re in a cheesy, food coma together.

Written by Lindsay Steidl

Lindsay grew up in the middle of nowhere, Connecticut, where cell service wasn’t a thing (for real, “No Service” was a constant notice on her phone). But her love for pizza and all things marketing & social media brought her to the big city, and eventually to the other side of the river. Lindsay is on a constant search for the best slice of Buffalo Chicken pizza and the best Bacon, Egg & Cheese on a croissant…Any suggestions?! When she is not eating or drinking, you can find her biking up the Hudson River Walkway or traveling the world. She also swears that death glare isn’t directed at you, she just has a case of RBF. She actually really likes people!