Hi friends,

Thanks so much for your support of Philly MAC-Down 5, slated for Saturday, April 25, 2020! It means so much that you wanted to be a part of the experience of our annual vegan mac & cheese contest. The community support is what has always driven this event & made it special. With that said, we unfortunately decided to POSTPONE MAC-Down 5.

As you may be aware, the concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to grow as does its impact on the city and beyond. A number of events of varying sizes are being postponed or cancelled in order to best ensure all are safe. The calls for social distancing are getting louder. With that said, we need to put SAFETY first! 

If there was a way to do scratch & sniff video conferencing or vegan mac & cheese teleportation of the event, we would 100% do it. Alas, we're not scientists or magicians. Therefore, we'd rather do right by you all! 

Thanks to the kindness of our venue partner, BOK, we are exploring new dates in the Fall. In the meantime, for those purchased tickets, we will be issuing refunds for all tickets purchased. Once we have a date set, we will announce and also notify when tickets will again go on sale.

We appreciate each of you so much for all of the support of our events. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us! We apologize for any inconvenience this change may have caused. 

To be transparent, we have notified the contestants who applied to enter as well as the vendors who planned to participate. 
We hope to see you soon, whether it's at the Shop or at an event! 

Warmest regards,
Carmella & Carlo
Owners, V Marks the Shop



Philly MAC-Down is an annual vegan mac & cheese competition in Philadelphia, PA. Since 2016, V Marks the Shop has proudly hosted this event, out of pure love of macaroni...and cheese, vegan, of course! The competition is truly a celebration of community gathering around food in a family friendly environment. All the while, we all get to take in the joy of good food & camaraderie.

The Competition: The contest features up to 12 contestants, a mix of amateur at-home cooks and culinary wizards. There is no status as everyone competing is on the same playing field! The only thing setting them apart is their skill in creating the best vegan mac & cheese in Philly. Each contestant has a shot to win one of FIVE prizes at Philly MAC-Down with top prize being GRAND CHAMPION!

The Event: The event is approximately 2-3 hours. It starts with an introduction from our emcee giving the cue for the competitors to begin sampling their entries. Attendees will have a chance to try 1oz samples from each contestant. Upon trying the entries, attendees will get to vote on the Philly's Choice winner. Our panel of 3 judges will also be sampling and voting on winner's of the other 4 prizes, including GRAND CHAMPION. During sampling, attendees will get to the meet the contestants, participate in the raffle and be a part of the fun!

NOW POSTPONED For 2020, we're proud to host Philly MAC-Down 5: Get Your VEGAN Mac On! on Saturday, April 25, 2020!