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Who makes the best vegan mac & cheese in Philly?

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Warning: this news will make you hungry.

The Philly Voice reports that on May 1st, vegan online grocery V Marks The Shop will host the inaugural Philly Mac Down at The Rotunda. Pro and amateur macaroni and cheese enthusiasts are invited to compete elbow to elbow (get it?) to win bragging rights. The prestigious golden elbows trophy and some amazing vegan swag are also up for grabs. Attendees of the fest should decide if they’re spoon or fork macaroni eaters (team fork) and polish their chosen cutlery, as samples from all the contestants will be served up for judging. Guests are going to be the real winners here, clearly.

The official rules outline the necessity of entirely vegan ingredients, but encourage anyone over the age of 18 to get as creative as they want with what is featured in their bowls. Chances are, white noodles and orange sauce won’t cut it for ‘Most original’ or ‘Philly’s Choice’ prizes. I’m betting the addition of other vegan favourites like pulled jackfruit or avocado can be heavy hitters there. Those prizes, along with first through third, will be based on crowd favourites, with vendors whipping up 200 samples each. With doors opening at 4 p.m. and sampling starting at 4:30 p.m, I bet there’ll be a line of mac fiends, hungry to start judging.

General admission tickets for the cheesy event are $20, with $5 going to The Humane League.  Even though it’ll be the first year for this competition, big companies like Daiya Foods, Bob’s Red Mill, and Follow Your Heart are on the list on sponsors.

To apply, check out the entry form and get your superhero, vegan mac & cheese inspired name ready. And don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the rules. For us, we’ll hungrily await the results, and hope they’re paired with the release of a recipe.

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