UPDATE 5/1:

The date and location for the 2024 Mac & Cheese Festival has been changed, just about a week ahead of the original event. According to a new Facebook post:

"Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be moving Mac and Cheese Fest Dubuque to September 26th at Five Flags Center..."

If you already purchased tickets, but you're unable to attend on the new September date, the organizers are offering refunds. You can contact them via the Facebook page HERE.

ORIGINAL STORY 3/25:

Fans of craft beer and mac & cheese will be excited to hear about the return of an Eastern Iowa festival this spring! Mac & Cheese Fest Dubuque will return in May of 2024!

According to Eventbrite, this year's Mac & Cheese Festival will take place at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque on Thursday, May 9th. Organizers promise that guests will get to taste more than 25 varieties of mac & cheese! Some of the vendors listed include J & D CateringRiver Rock Kitchen & TapDowntown BBQ7 Hills Brewing Company, Rockin' 5K BBQ, Stone Cliff Winery, and Dimensional Brewing Company. Last year's Golden Noodle Award went to J & D Catering.

7 Hills Brewing Company, Facebook
7 Hills Brewing Company, Facebook
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Downtown BBQ LLC, Facebook
Downtown BBQ LLC, Facebook
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In addition to lots of mac & cheese, the festival will also have more than 50 beverage samples from breweries and wineries in Eastern Iowa and beyond. The 2024 lineup includes Peace Tree, Toppling Goliath, Big Grove, Backpocket, Millstream, and more.

Tickets for Mac & Cheese Fest Dubuque go on sale this Friday, March 29th at 12 p.m. General admission tickets are $39 and include food/beverage tasting and an official event pint glass. There are also VIP tickets for $59. Those include an early access VIP hour, a festival koozie, a drawstring swag bag, and a t-shirt. All tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite HERE.

If you're a fan of food festivals, there are quite a few of them happening in Iowa this year! You can check out a list of some of the big ones HERE.

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