By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Aug 16, 2022 at 11:03 AM

We told you it was coming. But the cheese-o-rific day has officially come. Tickets are officially on sale for Mac & Cheese Fest, an ooey gooey celebration of everyone's favorite pasta dish.

The cheese-filled event is slated to take place at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park, 1011 Blue Ribbon Cir N in Oconomowoc on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. (with VIP early access beginning at 3 p.m.). 

The festival, a partnership between Michigan-based Outlier Events and the Lake Country DockHounds, will feature over 25 wild and wonderful takes on mac & cheese from local bars and restaurants, plus a vast selection of beer, interactive games, live music and other entertainment. 

Since wackiness is encouraged, guests could encounter any number of crazy mac & cheese creations from mac pizza to cheesy doughnuts. So come prepared for an adventure.

Local bars and restaurants interested in participating in the event should email Bailey Shore at

Get your tickets now

Tickets for Mac & Cheese Fest are currently available for purchase online.

Options include VIP Mac & Beers admission for $55, which includes early admission at 3 p.m., 10 mac & cheese samples and 10 drink tokens for beer and hard cider samples. VIP ‘Just the Mac’ admission tickets are $40 and include 10 mac & cheese samples.

General admission tickets for Mac & Beers are $40 and include seven mac & cheese samples and five tokens for beer and hard cider samples. Meanwhile general “Just the Mac” tickets are $30 and include seven mac & cheese samples. All tickets include souvenir cups, lanyards and keepsake sporks.

All ages are welcome to attend Mac & Cheese Fest. Children 12 and under receive free admission with a paid adult ticket and individual tokens for mac & cheese can be purchased once inside the festival.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.