Seize your stretchy pants: the Peterborough Mac + Cheese Competition returns in October

Seize your stretchy pants: the Peterborough Mac + Cheese Competition returns in October

Seize your stretchy pants: the Peterborough Mac + Cheese Competition returns in October
Sam’s Place Deli is vying to retain their Mac + Cheese Champion crown on the second annual Peterborough Mac + Cheese Competition with their Mac & Cheese Loafwich, one in every of 19 conventional, adventurous, and vegan mac and cheese dishes obtainable at collaborating downtown eating places through the month-long pageant in October. (Photograph courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

“Seize your stretchy pants.”

That’s the recommendation from the Peterborough Downtown Enterprise Enchancment Space (DBIA) concerning the Peterborough Mac + Cheese Competition, which returns in October with 19 mac and cheese dishes obtainable at collaborating downtown Peterborough eating places.

The second annual celebration of native meals and the skills of native cooks runs for your complete month of October. It’s a self-guided pageant, so carb lovers can indulge as typically as they like, alone or with household and associates. There are each conventional and revolutionary mac and cheese dishes, with vegan and gluten-free choices additionally obtainable. A map of the collaborating eating places is offered under.

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“It’s the best primary consolation meals, and all of us want a bit consolation popping out of COVID and all of the restrictions,” stated DBIA government director Terry Guiel throughout a launch occasion on Wednesday morning (September 28) at The Meals Store at 374 Water Road.

As soon as once more this yr, downtown eating places shall be vying to be topped Mac + Cheese Champion, an honour bestowed final yr on Sam’s Place Deli for his or her Jalapeño Bacon Mac + Cheesewich.

“We had been past proud to be chosen by the Peterborough Group because the winner for 2021, and we had numerous enjoyable arising with our sandwich recipe,” says Sam’s Place Deli proprietor Sam Sayer. “It was an incredible feeling to carry that trophy above our heads, We are able to’t wait to compete once more this yr. Greater than something, we’re excited to see what the opposite cooks shall be bringing to the desk this fall.”

Owen Walsh of Sam's Place Deli, Peterborough DBIA executive director Terry Guiel, Ashlee Aitken of Kawartha Food Share, Peterborough DBIA communications and marketing manager Hillary Flood, and Dylan Reinhart of Boardwalk Board Game Lounge at the launch of the second annual  Peterborough Mac + Cheese Festival at The Food Shop on Water Street on September 28, 2022. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW)
Owen Walsh of Sam’s Place Deli, Peterborough DBIA government director Terry Guiel, Ashlee Aitken of Kawartha Meals Share, Peterborough DBIA communications and advertising supervisor Hillary Flood, and Dylan Reinhart of Boardwalk Board Recreation Lounge on the launch of the second annual Peterborough Mac + Cheese Competition at The Meals Store on Water Road on September 28, 2022. (Photograph: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW)

Foodies will be capable of vote on-line for his or her favorite mac and cheese dishes all month lengthy, with the victor chosen by the tip of October — receiving bragging rights for the yr, a tacky hand-crafted trophy, and a large donation of their title to Kawartha Meals Share.

Earlier this yr, the Peterborough DBIA received the very best particular occasion and promotion award from the Ontario Enterprise Enchancment Space Affiliation for the inaugural Peterborough Mac + Cheese Competition.

“The concept for this mac and cheese pageant actually got here from the truth that we’re in a college and faculty neighborhood,” Guiel stated. “I keep in mind my time in faculty, and the primary meals all of us ate was Kraft mac and cheese.”

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However in contrast to that straightforward field of macaroni with cheese product, the 19 dishes being provided by downtown eating places through the Peterborough Mac + Cheese Competition embrace some adventurous choices corresponding to Whistle Cease’s Mac n Cheese Poutine, DR. J’s Mac in a Waffle Bowl, La Mesita’s El Diablo Mac + Cheese, Crepes of Wrath Mac + Cheese Crepe, and Tragically Dipped Holly Macaroni — a donut-shaped mac and cheese. A full checklist of all 19 dishes is offered under.

“We’re the culinary capital of the area and a few of our eating places are the very best within the area,” Guiel stated. “It’s nice to see them take this quite simple mac and cheese idea and switch it right into a culinary luxurious merchandise.”

One once more this yr, the Peterborough Mac + Cheese Competition shall be partnering with Kawartha Meals Share to run a meals drive. Through the pageant, every collaborating restaurant shall be accepting non-perishable donations. Competition-goers are inspired to deliver their donations downtown when visiting any of the collaborating eating places.

Owen Walsh of Sam's Place Deli displays the trophy the restaurant won during the 2021 Peterborough Mac + Cheese Festival for their Jalapeño Bacon Mac + Cheesewich, at the launch of the second annual  Peterborough Mac + Cheese Festival at The Food Shop on Water Street on September 28, 2022. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW)
Owen Walsh of Sam’s Place Deli shows the trophy the restaurant received through the 2021 Peterborough Mac + Cheese Competition for his or her Jalapeño Bacon Mac + Cheesewich, on the launch of the second annual Peterborough Mac + Cheese Competition at The Meals Store on Water Road on September 28, 2022. (Photograph: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW)

New to this yr’s pageant is a make-at-home recipe problem for budding dwelling cooks. Together with a recipe for final yr’s profitable Jalapeño Bacon Mac + Cheesewich, a neighborhood mac recipe is offered on the pageant’s web site.

Curated in partnership with The Meals Store, the native mac recipe options handmade pasta from the Pasta Store paired with native cheeses, milk, and stone-ground flour. All of the substances for the native mac recipe could be discovered at The Meals Store on Water Road.

Sponsored by Shorelines On line casino, the Peterborough Mac + Cheese Competition runs from Saturday, October 1st till Monday, October thirteenth. For extra info, go to www.ptbomacandcheesefest.com and comply with the pageant on Instagram and Fb.

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Mac and Cheese Dishes

Adventurous Macs

Mike Frampton (right), owner and operator of Tragically Dipped, with his Holey Macaroni mac and cheese dish. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
Mike Frampton (proper), proprietor and operator of Tragically Dipped, along with his Holey Macaroni mac and cheese dish. (Photograph courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
  • BrickHouse No Eff’n Approach Mac Burger
  • Whistle Cease’s Mac n Cheese Poutine
  • DR. J’s Mac in a Waffle Bowl
  • Tragically Dipped Holly Macaroni (gluten free)
  • Champs Spinach Mac + Cheese Dip
  • Boardwalk’s Mactoberfest
  • Actual Thai’s Mac + Cheese Bowl
  • La Mesita’s El Diablo Mac + Cheese
  • Crepes of Wrath Mac + Cheese Crepe
  • The Soiled Butter Rooster Mac
  • Amandalas Cheese + “Howcutearewe”

Vegan Macs

Eddy Sweeney and Sam Sayer  of Sam's Place Deli with their Mac and Cheese Loafwich. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
Eddy Sweeney and Sam Sayer of Sam’s Place Deli with their Mac and Cheese Loafwich. (Photograph courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
  • Forest Vegan Mac (Gluten Free)
  • Nateure’s Plate Mac n Please
  • Grilled Cheesewich
  • Sam’s Mac & Cheese Loafwich
  • Maple Moose Grilled Cheese

Traditional Macs

Chef Karen at Crook & Coffer with her Mac and Cheese Brulee.  (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
Chef Karen at Criminal & Coffer together with her Mac and Cheese Brulee. (Photograph courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
  • El (P) Creamy 3-Cheese Chorizo BeerMac
  • McThirsty’s McTastic Mac
  • Criminal and Coffer’s Mac + Cheese Brulee
  • Black Horse Candy Potato Mac

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