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Mac and cheese bake-off to be held Saturday

Dan Greenleaf, of Manchester, samples one of the many versions of macaroni and cheese during the second annual Macaroni and Cheese Bakeoff, which took place Saturday at the Holiday Inn in Concord, January 14, 2012.

(John Tully/Monitor Staff)

Dan Greenleaf, of Manchester, samples one of the many versions of macaroni and cheese during the second annual Macaroni and Cheese Bakeoff, which took place Saturday at the Holiday Inn in Concord, January 14, 2012. (John Tully/Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

Restaurants and cooks will compete in New Hampshire’s third annual Macaroni and Cheese Bake-Off this Saturday.

The competition, sponsored by New Hampshire dairy farmers, will take place at the Courtyard Marriott in Concord with the doors opening at 2 p.m. The public can attend and sample the macaroni and cheese for $10 a person, with children under 10 entering for free. Contestants will compete in four categories: best traditional, most creative, best restaurant and best New Hampshire made. The winner in each category will compete to be named the grand champion, and the cook will be given a customized cutting board and a knife set donated by Things Are Cooking.

In the New Hampshire made category, the macaroni and cheese must be made from 100 percent New Hampshire milk and cheese. The winning dish in that category will be served at the Cotton Restaurant in Manchester.

Judges will evaluate each dish’s texture, taste and cheesiness, and the public can vote for the people’s choice. There will also be raffles with prizes such as a stay at the Inns at Mills Falls and ski lift tickets.

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