One of the most unique experiences during my first year in Dubuque was undoubtedly judging the annual Mac & Cheese Fest, a springtime staple. Organized by Tom Rauen, the event unites a plethora of local restaurants and breweries in support of a good cause.

Per a Facebook announcement from the festival, the Dubuque Mac & Cheese Fest will return in 2023! The event will be held on May 4th, 2023 at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque.

It's the time of year when the area's top chefs and breweries unite to bring us two of the greatest comfort pleasures we could ingest: macaroni and cheese and beer!

Last year, over 20 types of mac and cheese and over 50 types of craft beer were available for sampling at the festival. In the past, the event has drawn nearly 1,000 attendees. Some of the breweries involved for the 2022 festival were 7G DistributingDimensionalPotosi Brewery7 Hills, and Stone Cliff Winery.

Dimensional Brewing Company1st & MainBarrel HouseJ&D CateringRiver Rock Kitchen and Tap, and Vesperman Farms were some of the restaurants dishing out macaroni and cheese samples to festgoers last year. Proceeds also went to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

Photo Credit: Steve Pulaski
Photo Credit: Steve Pulaski

Tickets for the 2023 Mac & Cheese Fest in Dubuque will go on sale on March 24th, 2023 at noon. You can set a reminder for yourself when tickets go on sale here. The Mac & Cheese Fest's official website will be the go-to for tickets and all things related to the festival.

If you'd like to see photos from last year's festival, as well as read my recap of judging the delicious event, you can check that out here! Stay posted with the Mac & Cheese Fest on Facebook too!


2022 Dubuque Mac & Cheese Fest in Pictures!

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