Macand cheese

MANAYUNK – The town went comfort food to kick off Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer.

On Saturday, May 25, Manayunk held their first ever Mac and Cheese Crawl on Main Street. More than 1,200 attendees came out to the sold out event, which featured specialty mac and cheese samples, drinks, and food specials provided by 16 local bars and restaurants.

Mac and Cheese dishes included everything from lobster to crab and asparagus.

Local restaurants believed that participating in the crawl was a good way to celebrate the holiday weekend while introducing people to their restaurant.

“We wanted to kick off the summer. Not everyone goes to the beach and we wanted to get people to come out on a Saturday. Everyone loves mac and cheese,” said Marty Rechenberg, manager of Taqueria Feliz Restaurant.

Joe Keough, manager of Manayunk Tavern said, “We participate in all the events in Manayunk. We try to bring more people to the street. Anything new and unusual is usually a good turnout. This event is more than what I expected. It’s good to see new people.”

The Mac and Cheese Crawl definitely brought newcomers to the main street.

“I wanted to try something new. I just moved here and it was a good way to try out all the different restaurants,” said attendee Kelly Colton.

While some were new to the area, the event was also a good way to visit Manayunk one last time for at least one festival goer.

“I’m moving far away. This was a fun thing for us to do before I move to Tennessee,” said attendee Hannah Mashack.

Dennis Gaudenzi, owner of Upcoming Events, which promoted the event, says Manayunk was the best place to have the crawl.

“I have history here and developed relationships with a lot of the owners,” Gaudenzi said. “We’ve been working with Manayunk for a long time. Manayunk is family friendly and a fantastic place to come eat, drink and have fun. It’s a good place whether you’re a young professional or spending time with your family.”

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