Where: Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY
Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
You’re invited to celebrate the return of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships to downtown Albany with the second annual “Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest” at the all-new Albany Capital Center!
Fans will have the opportunity to sample gourmet mac-n-cheese dishes from numerous Albany-area restaurants; as well as many varietals of craft beer from New York breweries.
Participating restaurants include: Allie B's Cozy Kitchen, Ama cocina,Angelo's 677 Prime, Capitol Melts, Cider Belly Doughnuts, The City Beer Hall, Dave & Buster's, Druthers Brewing Company, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Parish Public House, Public House 42, and Wellington's.
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, presented by Pioneer Bank. There will also be performances by MAAC school pep bands; basketball-themed inflatables; face painting; a balloon artist; and music.
Times Union Senior Writer and Table Hopping Columnist Steve Barnes will act as emcee of the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest, which will include a People’s Choice Award for the crowd’s favorite dish.
Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest pre-sale tickets: $8 for 10 tickets, a 20% savings on the door price. Tickets can be used in any combination for selections of mac-n-cheese or craft beer. Advance tickets are limited and will close March 3 at 9 a.m. Door price is $10 for 10 tickets.
A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit the Times Union Hope Fund.
Sponsors of the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest include Hannaford Supermarkets, Berkshire Bank, Upstate Ford, NYSCOPBA, Pioneer Bankand Dunkin' Donuts. Additional funding to host and promote the MAAC Basketball Tournament was provided from Empire State Development/I LOVE NEW YORK, which was awarded through the Regional Economic Development Council awards.