Every year, various Cincinnati restaurants compete to produce the best mac and cheese and best grilled cheese. There is a People’s Choice award and an award given by a panel of experts.
This year, the Meltdown gladiators are: Eli’s BBQ vs. Tom+Chee vs. B&A Street Kitchen. The Macdown competitors are B&A Street Kitchen vs. Court Street Lobster Bar vs. Midway Café vs. Keystone Bar & Grill.
NO MORE “BORING” CHEESE
Besides the Cheese Twins, the Cheese Fest’s educational tent will also feature several instructional sessions and demonstrations. One demo will consist of Kroger corporate chefs suggesting unconventional cheeses to add to your recipes. They will include cheesecake using honey goat cheese and a mint-flavored ricotta dessert with mascarpone sauce.
As with every Cincinnati Cheese Fest, there will be cheese pairings with food, wine and Kentucky bourbon. Baltimore’s Biltmore Winery will provide the wines. While the Cheese Fest partnered with Christian Moerlein for craft beer last year, this year the beers will be provided by Terrapin (Georgia), Braxton Brewing Co. (Covington), March First Brewing (Cincinnati), Tecate (Mexico) and Heineken. Molly Wellmann, mixologist extraordinaire and owner of Wellmann Brands, will provide information on the four varieties of bourbon present.
WANT TO GO?
What: Cincinnati Cheese Fest
Where: Smale Riverfront Park, 100 W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati
When: Sept. 9, 2-10 p.m.
Cost: Admission is $10; wine, beer, and bourbon pairings are an additional $10