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Indianapolis… Return of The Mac is almost here! The food festival dedicated to America’s favorite comfort food is gearing up for its first stop of 2018. Return of The Mac: Indianapolis will take place THIS Sunday, February 4 at Circle City Industrial Complex in Downtown Indianapolis.

Attendees will sample cheesy creations from Indy’s top restaurants, while chefs put their own spin on the classic dish. Taking place on Super Bowl Sunday, this highly sought-after food festival will be the top spot for your pre-game festivities in the city. Don’t worry, we’ll be done in time to get you home (or to the afterparty) in time for kick-off. 

Tickets for Session 1 are SOLD OUT and tickets for Session 2 are GOING FAST. Ticket prices are $25 for general admission and $40 for VIP early entry. Admission is free for children six-years-old and younger when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Session 1: Early Entry 11AM – 2PM | General Admission 12PM – 2PM
Session 2: Early Entry  3PM – 6PM | General Admission 4PM – 6PM


VIP Early Entry: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (access 1 hour prior to general admission tickets)
General Admission: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

All tickets include

  • Unlimited mac n’ cheese sampling for the duration of your session
  • Access to beverages, which are available for purchase i.e. guests over the age of 21 will have access to a full bar area
  • Participation in Yelp’s Crowd Favorite Vote


Check this link to see if any tickets have been released for the first session.

Tickets do not include beverages. All guests are responsible for purchasing their own beverages. 

Chef’s are required to prepare enough food for all guests. Some vendors tend to be more popular than others and may run out of food during the session.  Portions are divided evenly among sessions to ensure both sessions receive the same amount of samples. 


Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC), located at the corner of Mass Ave. and 10th Street on Indianapolis’ Near Eastside. Spanning more than a half a million square feet, the CCIC is home to a diverse group of tenants including artists, makers and small businesses.  CCIC is open to the public on the First Friday of each month for the IDADA Art Tour, featuring open studios and work by our more than 40 in-house artists. The CCIC is also home to some of our favorite local businesses like Indy Winter Farmer’s Market,  Indy Urban Hardwood, Centerpoint Brewery, Ruckus Makers Space, Onyx Candles and more.

We lucked out and were able to secure the former RecycleForce facility which boasts over 80,000 square-feet of warehouse space.  We’ll have plenty of room for you to roam free. If you arrive early, come on in. We’ll have a waiting area inside the facility with drinks, cocktails and brews (and heat) while you wait. At first glance, it’s little rough around the edges, but we love staying true to our roots and supporting up-and-coming developments like this facility. We know you will dig it.

1125 E. Brookside Ave – Indianapolis, IN 46204
*Return of the Mac will entrance will be at the far East end of the building, near Face Animal Clinic.  There is a large free parking lot on Brookside Ave, right next to the venue.


Mac Genie, Coterie, ClusterTruck, Red Frazier Bison Ranch, LouVino, Big Papa’s, Silkelicious, Roosters Kitchen, Tulip Tree Creamery, Hops & Fire Craft Tap House, Union Jack Pub, Claddagh Irish Pub, Joella’s Hot Chicken, Grindstone Public House, Hollyhock Hill, Big Lug Canteen, Shoefly, Chick-A-Boom, Table by Market District, NADA, Livery and more!

Chef and restaurant list is subject to change. Be sure to check back often as we regularly update this list.


Official Judges & Yelp! Crowd Favorite Vote

All mac n’ cheese dishes will be judged by profile local chefs and foodies who determine the winner of an official prize pack from Central Restaurant Product, a 1-night stay at Story Inn, and the “Golden Noodle” award. Official Return of The Mac: Indianapolis judges include:

  • Neal Brown: Neal Brown Hospitality Group, Ukiyo, Libertine, Pizzology, and Stella
  • Craig Baker: The Local, Taco Spot, 2017 Return of The Mac: Noblesville and WFC Champion
  • Austin Burris and Brad Houser: Eat Here Indy
  • Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in the Yelp! “Crowd Favorite” competition via the Yelp! mobile app
  • Official Host: Sarah Murrell of Eat Here Indy

World Food Championship Qualifier

Return of the Mac: Indianapolis is an official qualifying event for the World Food Championship, the largest competition in food sport. The winning chef from Return of The Mac: Indianapolis will receive an automatic bid to represent Indianapolis in The World Food Championships taking place in Orange Beach, Alabama on November 5-13. The winning chef from Return of the Mac: Noblesville in 2017, Craig Baker, represented Indianapolis at WFC in November and took home the grand prize in the “Best Chef Category.”



Return of the Mac: Indianapolis is brought to you by ClusterTruck, Sun King Brewing Co. and Centerpoint Brewing Co. and Deep Eddy Vodka. Interested in sponsoring? Drop us a line.


Yelp!, Do317, Eat Here Indy, WTTS, Indianapolis Restaurant Association

Produced By

MOKB Presents


Restaurants/Chefs participant inquiries:
Contact: RJ Wall at

Sponsorship/Vendor inquiries:
Contact: Josh Baker at