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Win/win: Enjoy mac and cheese and help Give Kids the World at the same time

Some scenes from Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee.
Some scenes from Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee.
Barb Nefer

Who doesn't love macaroni and cheese? Who doesn't love helping a good cause? And who wouldn't want to combine both of those things into an afternoon of fun?

The O-Town MacDown is coming up on Saturday, August 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center. Chefs are needed for the event, so if you dare to put your secret recipe up against the best Orlando has to offer, sign up now for the competition. The first 40 competitors to sign up by July 1 will be entered into a drawing for a part of AAdvantage Airmile Certificates from American Airlines. The competition is open to everyone from professional chefs to casual cooks and Moms and Dads whipping up dinner for their families.

The winners get the chance to face off onstage at the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show, which comes up two weeks later, to potentially win the Best Mac 'n Cheese in Orange County title. They'll also be featured on the show's website.

The O-Town MacDown is fun for everyone, whether or not you cook. It will feature include cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, a performance by Tony Brent, the amazing magician from the Outta Control Dinner Show. There will also be appearances by the SeaWorld Groove Chefs, a Kid's Zone with activities like a bounce house and face painting, and, of course, unlimited mac-n-cheese.

Buy your ticket in advance at the special rate of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Get more information at

If you'd like to learn more about Give Kids the World, an amazing resort that lets children with life-threatening illnesses and their families forget about their troubles for a while as they enjoy a dream vacation, jump to this article, which has a video tour. You can check out some scenes from this magical resort in the slideshow accompanying this article.

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