Date Announced for 2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Festival

The most mouth-watering day of the year is upon us . . . Sunday, July 14 is National Mac & Cheese Day! In honor of the holiday, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast (BGCEC) is excited to announce the date for the 2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Festival at Destin Commons has been set for Sunday, March 8, 2020. Save the date for the cheesiest fundraiser on the Emerald Coast!  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 Chefs or restaurants interested in participating in next year’s festival, should e-mail Sponsorships are also available. For more information about BGCEC, visit

Boys & Girls Clubs programs have taken Members from the Clubhouse to the White House; from the games room to the corporate boardroom; from the high school football field to the NFL; from a band room to Carnegie Hall. In every community, young people are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast is a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. These Clubs are the place where great futures are started each and every day.

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