Pizza Republic

Brace yourself, people: this could get cheesy. Hoboken Happy Hours is hosting the first ever Hoboken Mac & Cheese Festival on March 23, and rumor has it foodies will have to act swiftly to get a ticket.

Following in the footsteps of the crowd favorite Hoboken Pizza Fest, the mac fest is anticipated to sell out quickly. Your crew can take on some of the most outrageous and popular mac dishes from Hoboken restos and eateries. A portion of the proceeds benefits Party With Purpose, a nonprofit dedicated to raising money for children’s charities and inspiring community.

Participating locations currently include bacon mac from The Shepherd & the Knucklehead (every craft beer nerd needs to give this place a visit), lobster mac with truffle butter from The Brass Rail, BBQ pulled pork and buffalo chicken mac from Pizza Republic and a variety of rigatoni mac dishes from Texas Arizona.

The lineup has uniquely cheesy concoctions, as well: Käsespätzle (house-made spätzle with gruyere, caramelized onions and bacon) from Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, cacio e pepe mac and cheese bites from Union Hall, The Ainsworth’s mac and cheese fries and the Heart Attack mac from Tony Boloney’s, loaded with buffalo chicken, smoked bacon and homemade buttermilk ranch.

There will also be $5 draft beer and house wine available for purchase. If you get a sitter, consider splurging on the two-hour open bar for an extra $25 (you’ll also get a spot in the VIP line to get in).

The festival takes place at Our Lady of Grace Church (400 Willow Ave., Hoboken) from noon to 5 pm on March 23. Tickets go on sale Tuesday January 22 at noon. Tickets are timed, so you can indulge from noon to 2 pm or 3-5 pm. Your $25 entry scores you a sample from every vendor, live music and access to contests and swag. Get group discounts for parties of four or six. Head here to purchase.