Mac is back |

Mac is back

by Andrew Travers
The Aspen Mac and Cheese Festival will run from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Aspen Times file |

What’s your favorite kind of mac and cheese? If you said “Free mac and cheese,” you’re in luck.

The sixth annual Aspen Mac ’n’ Cheese Festival — the best little festival in Aspen — returns to restaurant Row on Saturday, Sept. 10. It’s all free and many of the recipes from local restaurants are dependably delicious.

The festival pits local chefs against one another in (mostly) friendly competition, showing off their recipes of the irresistible cheese and noodle dish and serving it up in 2 oz. cups to a voting public. Launched by the city of Aspen’s recreation department, the festival has drawn upward of 5,000 attendees in the last few years.

Cache Cache is the recipe to beat this year. In the 2015 competition, the restaurant won the most votes in the “Chefs Choice” category as well as “Peoples Choice,” Kids Choice” and “Judges Choice” (winning everything but the “Best Theme/Most Fun” prize, which went to the goofballs from the Aspen Elks Lodge). Rustique Bistro is also always a contender — it won the competition in the festival’s first three outings.

But, of course, everybody is a winner when everybody fills up on free cheesy mac on a Saturday afternoon. The Mac ’n’ Cheese Festival runs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Restaurant Row (Hopkins Avenue between Mill and Monarch streets).

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