Macomb County Announces 3rd Annual Mac Madness Contest

Mt. Clemens, MI - The Mac Madness: Best Mac in the Mac contest is returning for a third year to once again determine who makes the best macaroni and cheese in Macomb County.

The contest, which is organized by Macomb County Planning and Economic Development (MCPED), will promote local restaurants that specialize in preparing this noodle dish from scratch.

“We’ve seen a phenomenal response to this initiative,” said Vicky Rowinski. “We started Mac Madness in 2021 as a way to help restaurants recover from the pandemic. Now it’s grown into a community celebration. People look forward to it, and our restaurants are ready to go head to head to determine who’s got the best noodle dish. The team here is excited to again shine a spotlight on our Macomb County dining scene, and we’re looking forward to crowning this year’s big cheese!”

Restaurants that offer any type of housemade macaroni and cheese are encouraged to enter the contest here starting February 27 through March 13. Additional rules for entrants include:

  • The macaroni and cheese must be housemade
  • Only independently owned and operated restaurants are eligible  
  • The restaurant must be located within Macomb County
  • National franchises are excluded
  • There is only one entry per restaurant and the public cannot submit on behalf of a restaurant - only self-submissions are allowed

Once the portal closes, entrants will be featured in a public vote period called Mac Madness 2023, where restaurants face off in a bracket-style competition. Public voting will start March 19, and restaurants will be narrowed down to the final two. The top vote getter from that face-off will win:

  • A $2,000 grant from Macomb County
  • The Best Mac in the Mac plaque
  • A $1,000 grant will also be awarded to the second place restaurant. 

In 2022, establishments from across Macomb County went head-to-head in the competition, with K-Block’s Fire Pit BBQ in Washington Township coming out on top. Second place was awarded to Bath City Bistro in Mount Clemens.

For more information visit macombgov.org/Living-Mac-Madness.

About Macomb County Planning and Economic Development
The Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development supports an environment where businesses prosper and people thrive.  Its activities and programs are focused on stimulating the local economy through business retention, expansion and attraction while improving the overall quality of life for residents.  The department specializes in providing services to businesses at all stages of development with a concentration on the high-growth industries of aerospace, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, defense and homeland security.  For more information, call 586-469-5285 or visit: https://ped.macombgov.org/Ped-Home.

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