The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Basketball Championships will be held at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall March 10-14, in the first year of a three-year agreement.

ATLANTIC CITY – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Basketball Championship tournament being held March 10-14 at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall is seeking restaurants to participate in its MAAC-n-Cheese Fest being held 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 13.

According to a release, the Atlantic City Weekly MAAC -n- Cheese Fest presented by Gourmet Dining Services is annual staple of the MAAC Basketball Championships.

“MAAC -n- Cheese Fest has been very popular in all of our tournament host cities and we expect another great contest in Atlantic City. It’s a great food town,” said MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor. “This is something fun for the fans on our semi-final Friday that adds to the festival atmosphere of the event.”

Once in the arena, fans can opt to pay $10 to sample macaroni and cheese  dishes from five participating restaurants and vote for a winner. The winning restaurant will be honored at mid-court during the men’s championship game. There will also be a craft beer and wine area where fans can pay $5 for three samples.

Limited restaurant spots are still available. Local restaurants already on-board for the contest include Gordon Ramsey Steak at Harrah’s, Guy Fieri’s Bar-B-Que Joint at Bally’s, Ducktown Tavern, Phillips Seafood, Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall, Gourmet Dining Services and The Iron Room Restaurant.

Restaurants may contact Rachele Canazaro at Roberts Event Group to secure a spot: or (215) 887-7880.

Tickets for the 2020 MAAC Basketball Championships at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall can be purchased by visiting or by visiting

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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.