Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest
Friday, March 3, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)
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It’s going to get loud in downtown Albany…and you are invited to celebrate the return of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships with the second annual Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest at the brand new, state-of-the-art Albany Capital Center on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 4 - 6:30 pm. Come and be one of the first to experience the new Albany Capital Center!
Fans of all ages will have the opportunity to sample gourmet mac-n-cheese dishes from numerous Capital Region restaurants; as well as varietals of craft beer from New York breweries. Attendees must be at least 21 years old to participate in the craft beer tasting; valid ID required upon admission.
Participating restaurants include: Allie B's Cozy Kitchen, Ama Cocina, Capitol Melts Grilled Cheese Cafe, City Beer Hall, Dave & Buster's, Druthers Brewing Company, Mazzone Hospitality, Parish Public House, Public House 42, The Hollow Bar & Kitchen and Wellington's! Also, you will not want to miss out on sampling the first-ever mac-n-cheese doughnut from Cider Belly.
Times Union Senior Writer and Table Hopping Columnist Steve Barnes will emcee the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest, which will include a People’s Choice Award for the restaurant which serves the crowd’s favorite mac-n-cheese.
This year’s festivities will feature the Air Elite Dunkers, the official dunk team for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors. The high-flying entertainers will showcase their aerobatic skills in a pair of 20-minute performances. The Air Elite Dunkers are presented by Pioneer Bank.
Additional family-friendly activities will include performances by MAAC school pep bands; basketball-themed inflatables; face painting; a balloon artist; and music.
Tickets to the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest are available now for $8 for 10 tastings - $2 off the price at the door! Tickets can be used in any combination to sample mac-n-cheese or craft beer. Advance discount tickets are limited and will close March 3 at 9 a.m.
After the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest, you can head right over to the Times Union Center to catch all of the MAAC Basketball Tournament action. Tickets to the MAAC Tournament can be purchased here.
Parking options can be found at the Renaissance Albany directly across the street from the Capital Center; the Times Union Center; the Hilton Albany; and 11-19 South Pearl Street & Beaver Street Garage. Please click this link for a Google Map to find these locations. On-street parking is also available and is free after 5pm on weekdays, and free on the weekends. Please note this is all based on availability.
A portion of proceeds from the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest will benefit the Times Union Hope Fund, which serves children in need throughout the Capital Region.
Sponsors of the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest include Hannaford Supermarkets; Berkshire Bank; Upstate Ford Dealers; NYSCOPBA; Pioneer Bank, Dunkin Donuts, I Love NY, and the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Additional funding to host and promote the MAAC Basketball Tournament was provided from Empire State Development/ I LOVE NY, which was awarded through the Regional Economic Development Council awards.
We hope to see you for a memorable evening at the all-new Albany Capital Center!