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Mac & Cheese Fest to donate $1,500 back to the community.

The skies were cloudy, but no rain fell this past Sunday in the lot just outside Arcadia at 100 Washington in Michigan City, IN.

Guests of all ages lined up, and the first 100 with VIP tickets were handed bright orange bowls to fill with Mac & Cheese. Everyone got a punch card and a voting card. They entered….and began to eat.

People of all ages filled the lot beside Arcadia to enjoy 15 samples of Mac & Cheese!

15 restaurants were set up with tents. All ready to share their delicious cheesy samples. Midwest Hype played on the stage and people danced, laughed….and ate some more.

Arcadia hosted the beer & wine tent and had a large supply of beer from Burn ‘Em Brewing, including the popular Dig the Dudes Pomegranate Pale Ale (which sold out!), along with Miller Lite and a selection of wine.

Everyone received a punch card and a voting card.

And then it was time to vote. First the judges (Johnny V, Paul Stofko and Annie Gustin) put in their votes, and then the people. There was also a “most original” vote.

The winners were …..

Judge’s Choice: 1st Momma Sue’s 2nd Chickpea Fresh Mediterranean 3rd The Goblin & The Grocer

People’s Choice: 1st Momma Sue’s 2nd Chickpea Fresh Mediterranean 3rd Brewster’s Most Original: Jennie Rae’s Best Tent: Brewster’s Best Dancer: Greenbush

1st place winners and most original were able to choose the non-profit of their choice and Dig the Dunes will be donating $500 to each of them. Momma Sue’s picked Wee Care Food Pantry and Michiana Humane Society and Jennie Rae’s picked the Pax Center in LaPorte. Checks are being mailed out this week!


Mac & Cheese Fest is a collaboration between Dig the Dunes and Moe Mroueh. This is the third year for the sold out event.

Special thanks to Reprographic Arts for printing the popular Mac & Cheese t-shirts!

Special thanks to Arcadia for hosting, Burn ‘Em for supplying beer and tents and to all our participating restaurants: Chickpea Fresh Mediterranean Cool Runnings Restaurant and Bar Bare Bones Greenbush Brewing Co. Momma Sue’s Catering Royale with cheese Goblin & The Grocer Jennie Rae’s Restaurant Scartozzi’s Trattoria Patrick’s Grille Ghost Isle Brewery Brewster’s Italian Café Speakeasy at the Spa & Spa Special Events Center Leeds Public House The Brewery Lodge


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