Featuring gourmet, chef-inspired twists on the South’s favorite comfort food, this family-friendly event pits the area’s favorite restaurants against one another in a competition to see who has the best mac on the Emerald Coast.


The 2019 winners were Basil and Baxter’s Kitchen and Cocktails (People’s Choice), Red Fish Taco (Judge’s Choice), and Panera Bread (Kid’s Choice).


With more than $30,000 raised and 3,000-plus attendees, the first Mac & Cheese Festival along Florida’s Emerald Coast was a huge success. Proceeds from the event benefit The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast.


“Our first Mac & Cheese festival exceeded our expectations,” Shervin Rassa, CEO of BGCEC, said. “We were blown away by the community’s excitement about the event and support of our mission.”


Next year’s event promises to be even bigger and better. The cost to attend will be $25 for adults and $10 for kids ages five and up and include an unlimited number of samples. Tickets are on sale now at

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
Corporate Office: 923 Denton Blvd., NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Phone: 850-862-1616

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MISSION: To enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

VISION: Improving the lives of all Emerald Coast youth as the premier youth development organization.