If you’re in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, you might want to check out what’s become an extremely popular event, for good reason.

Now that the weather is turning a tad cooler, it’s nice to start thinking about cooking some fall foods…. squash, sweet potato or pumpkin anything, tailgate chili, harvest vegetable soup, holiday casseroles… and possibly the king of all comfort foods, mac ‘n’ cheese.

Mac ‘n’ cheese is one of those versatile dishes that appeals to all ages and is particularly kid-friendly.  Chances are, if you’re spending a week in a Charleston beach house, you’ll probably make it at least once, especially if you have young folks in your entourage.

While making it from the ol’ blue box works well in a pinch, more and more people/chefs like to get downright gourmet with it.  If you happen to be headed to one of our SC vacation rentals this weekend, either a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, you can see (and taste) how the pros do it.

It’s the seventh annual Charleston MacOff, and prepare to come hungry.  About 25 restaurants will be duking it out for the title this year, even more than last year, and you’ll get to sample their best shot.

It’s one of the biggest mac & cheese festivals in the country.

Try some killer mac-and-cheese near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals

Try some killer mac-and-cheese near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals

FYI  –  CRAVE Kitchen & Cocktails in Mount Pleasant is the stuff of legend.  After they won the festival’s title for best overall (which they’ve done several times now), they went on to win Esquire Magazine’s poll for best mac & cheese in America.  They won with an unbelievable and unprecedented 85% of the vote.

The magazine officially dubbed their dish the ”Most Life-Changing Mac ‘n’ Cheese in America.”

Here’s the scoop:  http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for-men/crave-best-mac-winner?src=spr_TWITTER&spr_id=1456_7278118

CRAVE is located just over the Connector from all our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.  So if you are staying in our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, you are just a handful of minutes from what very well may be the best macaroni and cheese in the nation.

They’ll face stiff competition from the likes of:

  • Charleston Artisan Cheese House
  • Bohemian Bull
  • Burtons Grill
  • Osprey Point Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House
  • The Loophole
  • Just Stuff It Catering
  • Nacho Mama’s Taqueria
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Tavern & Table
  • Coleman Public House
  • The Shelter
  • Charleston Sports Pub
  • Smoky Oak
  • The Fish House
  • King Street Public House
  • Top Shelf Catering
  • Healthy Home Foods
  • Ellis Creek Fish Camp

You can vote for your favorite, who should win the People’s Choice Award.  There will also be a panel of local celebrity judges who will determine the Critic’s Choice Award.  In years past there’s been the Home Grown Cooks competition among serious home cooks, which is often the most cutthroat of all.

It’s quite a wing ding  –  6,000 people came to the event a couple years back, a jump of 2,000 from the previous year.  There’ll be live music, not to mention a mac ‘n’ cheese eating contest sponsored by Charleston Artisan Cheese House, and a bunch of other stuff like arts/crafts/food/spice vendors, and great arts, crafts & activities for kids so their parents can enjoy the other stuff, like the new Mac & Cheese Demo Kitchen, or beer, wine and cocktails.

Check out this stat: at the 2016 MacOff, visitors consumed over 4,125 pounds of mac ‘n’ cheese near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals!

This thing has gotten so big, they are expanding it to two days this year.  It’ll take place this Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th from noon till 6:00 p.m. at The Grove at Patriot’s Point.  For your GPS, it’s located at 40 Patriot’s Point Road in Mount Pleasant.  It’s convenient to all of our beach house rentals Charleston SC.   From our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, just head over to Sullivan’s Island and then into Mount Pleasant; stay on Coleman Boulevard and turn left just before the Ravenel Bridge.  From Folly Beach rentals Charleston, take Folly Road, follow the signs to Highway 17 North; cross over the peninsula, take the Ravenel Bridge and exit to the right off the bridge.  Turn right at the gas station/first traffic light.

Admission is $10 in advance, and they will be selling tasting tickets for $1 each.  Part of the proceeds go to Lowcountry Local First, which helps area farmers and food producers.

Here’s a link to the official website with all the details, as well as online ticket sales:  http://www.charlestonmacoff.com/

This is their Facebook page, with a lot of updates:  https://www.facebook.com/thecharlestonmacoff/

So have a great weekend in the Lowcountry…and remember to contact Exclusive Properties when you are searching for the best in rental homes South Carolina.  In a throwdown, our luxury beach house rentals SC would win, hands down.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger