Get your taste buds ready! The O-Town MacDown returns to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee on August 20, 2016.
The event is a family-fun, mac-n-cheese cooking competition benefiting Give Kids The World, and features talented chefs and caterers from all around Orlando serving up some of the best mac-n-cheese dishes on the planet.
What could be better than a room full of different varieties of mac and cheese? When it’s all for charity. And that’s what happened this Saturday when the O-Town MacDown returned this weekend to raise money for Give Kids the World.
We arrived at opening to get some shots of the various booths, but it wasn’t long before we were succumbing to the delicious smells and started to taste the samples. With over 40 booths participating, we had quite a few samples to try, and it wasn’t long before most of the booths had lines, including Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen.
Their Brie and Fontina Mac & Cheese recently won the O-Town MacDown, so the Hard Rock Orlando has decided to add it to their menu for a limited time.
The recipe features imported orecchiette pasta in a rich Brie and fontina cheese sauce. Then it is topped with more fontina, along with Romano and chives. No wonder it took the top prize.
This bowl of melted goodness costs $8.95, with a portion of the sales going to Give Kids the World, who hosted the O-Town MacDown challenge. The non-profit organization provides weeklong cost-free vacations to families with children battling life-threatening illnesses.
No word on how long the Mac & Cheese will be on the menu, so get it while you can.
Visit hardrock.com/orlando for additional details.
Do you love mac’n’cheese? Me, too! That’s why I’m super excited about the upcoming O-Town MacDown at the Orange County Convention Center on August 23.
Presented by SeaWorld, and benefiting Give Kids the World, the O-Town MacDown is a mac’n’cheese cook-off featuring everyone from professional chefs to home cooks showcasing their favorite recipes. Best of all, you get to taste all of the offerings.
Prizes will be awarded in various categories, and the event will include live entertainment, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, live performances, a kids’ fun zone including face painting, bounce houses and macaroni art station, theme park character meet-and-greets and vendor booths.
Admission is only $10 advance/$15 at the door for adults, and includes all the mac’n’cheese you can eat. Kids age 3-12 are only $5, and also includes the mac’n’cheese samples, plus the Kids Zone. There is also a $35 VIP ticket that includes the unlimited mac’n’cheese, premium seating, an O-Town MacDown t-shirt, and free beverage.
The O-Town MacDown runs from 11am-4pm at Hall D West Concourse of the convention center.
For more info, or to buy advance tickets, visit gktw.org.