Official fan festival of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships to be held on Monday, March 11 at the Albany Capital Center
ALBANY, NY; – Numerous Capital Region restaurants are slated to participate in the fourth annual Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest, the official fan festival of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, on Monday, March 11 at the Albany Capital Center from 4 to 8 p.m.
The Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest will be part of MAAC Championship Monday. It will follow the MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship at 2:30 p.m. and take place prior to the MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship which tips off at 9 p.m. Both games will be held at the Times Union Center, which is connected by walkway to the Albany Capital Center.
During the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest, fans will have the opportunity to sample gourmet mac-n-cheese dishes from numerous local restaurants, including: 677 Prime; City Beer Hall; City Squire; Druthers; New World Bistro Bar; Public House 42; The Tipsy Moose; Valente’s; and Wellington’s. Guests will also enjoy craft beer and wine selections at the Saratoga Eagle Craft Beer Garden.
Additional restaurants interested in participating in the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest are invited to contact Brooke Bardack via email at [email protected] or by phone at 518-221-9876.
“Hannaford is excited to once again be a part of this outstanding event, which serves as the signature fan attraction of the MAAC Basketball Championships in downtown Albany. This is a great lineup of restaurants and fans are certainly in store for delicious mac-n-cheese dishes,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Community Relations Specialist Brian Fabre. “We encourage both basketball and mac-n-cheese fans to join us for a fun evening on MAAC Championship Monday.”
Tickets for the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest are available at www.albanyfanfest.com. Fans can save $2 per set of sampling tickets with advance purchase. Tickets purchased in advance are $8 and entitle guests to five samples of mac-n-cheese. Tasting tickets will also be available at the door for $10 (cash only).
Craft beer and wine tasting tickets will be $5 for three samples and are available exclusively at the event (cash only; must be at least 21 years old with a valid ID).
The Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest will also feature free family-friendly activities and entertainment, including face painting, balloon artists, inflatables and music from a DJ.
The 2019 MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will take place Thursday, March 7 through Monday, March 11. The tournament champions each earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.
All-session and individual session passes are currently on-sale for the MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. Flex ticket packages may also be purchased at the arena box office, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.timesunioncenter-albany.com.
Sponsors of the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest include Hannaford Supermarkets, New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), SEFCU, Saratoga Eagle, Dunkin’, AYCO, Pioneer Bank, Albany Capital Center, Total Events, ESPN 104.5 WTMM and NewsChannel 13.
For more information about the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest, visit www.albanyfanfest.com.