This is exactly the kind of news we want to take us into the weekend.

The Mac-N-Cheez Mania Food Festival is once again descending upon our fair city on Saturday, April 6, in the concourse at War Memorial Stadium, which means we've already cleared our schedules.

Update: The fest has been moved to the fall, date pending.

Hosted by Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, the event will pit the best macaroni slingers in town — both homestyle and pro chefs — against one another, all competing for top tasting honors and prizes, while festivalgoers can get their fill of all the cheesy competition.

The inaugural mac and cheese fest was hosted by Trinity United Methodist Church in 2015, but when the church decided not to continue with the event, it was recently picked up by Pulaski Heights.

"Our community is known for potlucking, so we thought it'd be fun to go in that direction," said Betsy Singleton Snyder, pastor of preaching and missions at Pulaski Heights. "Plus, these days you can do mac 'n' cheese with lobster, with curry, just about anything. We're excited to see what people come up with."

The best part? It's all to benefit nonprofits helping our homeless neighbors in need. The 2019 fest will donate proceeds to five local organizations working in this field, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

There will also be more family activities surrounding the day, and volunteers are needed to help it all run smoothly. If you're interested in helping out or signing up to compete, call (501) 664-3600 or email

For more information, visit the Facebook event page and follow the Mac-N-Cheez Mania page for updates.