Epic Mac n’ Cheese Competition and Pop-up Bake Shops

Canada’s favourite comfort food and a variety of student-inspired treats all in one day! Join us for an epic good time at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (1610 Champlain Dr., Whitby) on Saturday, April 21.

Epic Mac n’ Cheese competition

DC is hosting its fourth annual Epic Mac n’ Cheese competition at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food. We challenge Grade 11 and 12 students to put their culinary skills to the test, and invite the greater community to attend and sample their creations.

Tantalize your taste buds with delicious mac n’ cheese dishes designed to make your mouth water. The best part is… you decide the winner!

Past recipes have included ingredients such as Muenster, blue and gouda cheeses, mereguez sausage, seafood, caramelized pears, a variety of fresh herbs and spices, and so much more! We can’t wait to see what this year’s contestants come up with.

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. – Registration
9 to 11:15 a.m. – Epic Mac n’ Cheese competition
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Pop-up Bake Shops and kids activities
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – People’s choice tasting and voting
1 p.m. – Award ceremony


To purchase tickets in advance call Pantry, the CFF’s retail store, at 905.721.2000 ext. 4271 or drop by in person Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Adults (ages 13+) – $10.
  • Youth (ages seven to 12) – $5.
  • Kids (six-years-old and under) – free.

Tickets are also available at the door. Come early, space is limited.

Pop-up Bake Shops

Students in Durham College’s (DC) Advanced Baking and Pastry Arts program are holding their third annual Pop-up Bake Shops event to bring their semester-long capstone projects to life. Community members are invited drop by and stock up on a variety of breads, preserves and confections.

In addition to producing the goods that will be on sale, students are also responsible for the marketing, budgeting, packaging and decision-making for all elements of their shops.

Come out to satisfy your sweet tooth and celebrate our next generation of baking entrepreneurs! The Pop-up Bake Shops will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until supplies run out)!

Are you a high-school student?

Put your recipe to the test! Team up with a partner and develop a recipe that is sure to be the most epic mac n’ cheese ever!

Register today!

Epic Mac N’ Cheese competition criteria:

  • A maximum of 12 teams will be allowed to compete.
  • Each team will create tasting portions of mac n’ cheese from a limited selection of ingredients (ingredient list will be provided to registered competitors).
  • People’s choice awards will be given to the top three favourite recipes.
  • Students will compete in teams of two with support from DC culinary students and faculty.
  • Teammates must be from the same school.
  • The winning team will also receive a prize for their school.
  • Viewing is open to the public and the competition will be judged by the attendees.

Participating students will have the chance to compete for a bursary towards a culinary, hospitality or special events planning program at DC.

The last day to register is Friday, April 6. All participants qualify for the Epic Mac n’ Cheese Competition Bursary. Bursaries are subject to the student being enrolled in a culinary, hospitality, or special events planning program offered at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food at Durham College. Bursaries will be awarded during the student’s second semester of study. Bursary application information will be provided on the day of the competition.