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 Who makes the best Mac + Cheese? For the month of October, YOU can decide


20 glorious restaurants will be battling it out  to become the top Mac + Cheese aficionado in downtown Peterborough.  


For the month of October each resto will have a signature Mac + Cheese dish on offer, all competing for your vote.

Join us on this epic foodie adventure chock-full of carb-heavy goodness.



 #Dishcover Peterborough's most epic mac and cheese dish. For the month of October, over 20 unique macs will be featured on local menus throughout the downtown restaurant scene.


Peterborough Mac + Cheese Festival has something for everyone including the cheesetarians & carbivores in your life.


Plan your mac adventure with our online Mac Map to scout out your favourite spots for dine-in or take out. 


Host a dishcrawl with a group of friends or dine solo- the choice is yours ;)  




Who will be crowned

 Mac + Cheese Champion?  

With 20 restaurants to choose from the stakes couldn't be any higher. 

Help put your fave Mac + Cheese creator on the map.


Vote for your top mac and sleep well knowing "you did your bit" to make downtown Ptbo just a little more cheesy.

By the end of October only one mac will reign supreme.

adventurous MacS


Classic Macs




Local mac


2 tablespoons butter 

2 tablespoons flour 

1 cup milk 

2 cups  Pasta Shop noodles

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Dash of tabasco sauce

1 cup of empire cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons Prince Edward County 1 year old parmesan


+ Preheat oven to 350. Grease small oven-proof dish set aside for later. 

+ In a medium sauce pan melt butter, and whisk in flour until it forms a smooth paste. Add milk and whisk until smooth.

Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Cook fresh Pasta Shop shells for 8 minutes. Drain and return to pot. 

+ Pour sauce over noodles, add 1 cup cheddar cheese, dash of tabasco to taste and season with salt and pepper. + Pour noodle mixture into greased oven dish and sprinkle parmesan on top. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes.



We've curated a local, make-at-home recipe made with regional and artseaonal ingredients for a simple mac and cheese dish that will bake to perfection in any home-cooks oven.

Featuring handmade pasta from the Pasta Shop, paired with local cheese, ,milk, and stone-ground flour- this quick and easy recipe is a great entry level dish for any mac + cheese fan!

All the ingredients for out #official Local Mac is available at The Food Shop, located in the heart of downtown Peterborough at 374 Water Street.

2022 Winning Recipe

From the el p 

Now you can make The El P's 2022 winning mac + cheese dish at home!

This Three Cheese and Chorizo Beer Mac will bring the flavour to any home-cooks table, and is absolutely sure to please the cheese-lover in us all (that's all of us, right?)


1 Cup - Powdered Parmesan 

1 Cup Provolone 

1 Cup Shredded Gruyere 

1 Onion Minced 

1 Cup Cooked Ground Chorizo Sausage 

3 Cups Beer

4 Cups Heavy Cream

1/2 tsp of Nutmeg 

0.5 Cup Roux 

0.5 Cup Butter Salt & Pepper to Taste 

Monterrey Jack to top.

Your Favourite Elbow Macaroni 


  • Melt butter in a large pot and toss in minced onion. Sautéed until onions are soft and translucent – then mix in garlic. Once garlic starts to brown, deglaze with beer and simmer for 1-2 minutes.

  • Add heavy cream and bring to a low boil adding handfuls of shredded Gruyère and provolone whisking continuously until melted and then add powdered parmesan.

  • Add cooked ground chorizo sausage and nutmeg.

  • Thicken with roux


Toss cooked macaroni in sauce once hot and place in oven safe dish. 


Cover with shredded Monterrey jack cheese and place in oven at 375 degrees 5- 7 seven minutes or until cheese on top has melted.


Serve alongside your favourite corn bread (we recommend jalapeno!) 


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2021 Winning Recipe

From Sam's Place

Now you can make Sam's winning 2021 mac + cheese dish at home.