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The Dogg House top finisher at Dig the Dunes Mac & Cheese Fest.

The Dogg House from Valpo won first place this year.

Hundreds waited in line to get inside this year's Mac & Cheese Fest. Now in it's fifth year, Dig the Dunes knows just what to do to fill bellies and get everyone to smile and say CHEESE.

This year, the event had 11 mac and cheese vendors. Folks could find smoked pork, saganaki cheese, mexican mac and more from the tents scattered along 9th street in Michigan City. Zorn Brew Works had three bars open with a vast array of brew choices and you could find vendors with ceramic painting, vintage goods, coffee, and even a balloon twister.

Say Cheese!

Music from Johnny V and Sofa King Revolution could be heard on the streets outside of Zorn and Barrelhouse the Venue, as attendees walked the old brick road talking and tasting. All received a punch card which they turned in with their vote for the best mac and cheese at the event. This year's runner up was Joe & Freddy's with their smoked BBQ Mac and The Dogg House finished at the top with Chicago style popcorn mac & cheese.

Every year Dig the Dunes donates money back to non-profits in the area. This year the winner received $500 and Dig the Dunes also gave $500 to the non-profit of their choice, Abra Inc, an animal rescue out of Crown Point. Runner-up received $250 + $250 to their non profit, but Nicole Bissonnette generously donated it all to AK Smith Culinary Program. In addition $600 was spread equally between three dunes organizations (Save the Dunes, Shirley Heinze Land Trust and Dunes Learning Center).

This event is a partnership between Dig the Dunes, Zorn Brew Works, Barrelhouse at Zorn, and Mohamed Mroueh.

Full list of vendors: Backdoor Kitchen Battista's Brewery Lodge

Cool Runnings

Dogg House Joe & Freddy's

Leeds Public House


Patrick's Grille

The Red Door

Zorn Brew Works

Additional vendors included: A Touch of Glass

Eclectic Intuitive Zombie Buzz Coffee 1 Oak

Sponsors: Duneland Media, The Waxi Taxi, North Star Properties, Reprographic Arts, Dewey's Auto Supply and Harbour Trust


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