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Mac & Cheese Fest Lineup; Cochon 555 Heritage BBQ Tour; More

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UNIVERSITY VILLAGE—Another day, another food festival. Taking place on October 4 at the UIC Forum, the prelimary lineup for the first Mac & Cheese Fest, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House, includes Bar Pastoral, Enolo, Farmhouse, Grange Hall Burger Bar, JP Burke's, and more. Tickets go on sale on September 1. [EaterWire]

EAST GARFIELD PARK—The team behind the ever−popular Cochon 555 roving pork and whiskey event recently announced their Heritage BBQ tour, a five−city program kicking off in Chicago on August 30. The Goose Island Brewery Barrel Warehouse (605 N. Sacramento) will host the event, inviting some of the city's best chefs to participate. Get details here. [EaterWire]

FOOD TV— If you are an avid fan of food reality TV and visions of chefs and knives dance in your head, then you will probably be happy to hear that MasterChef Season 6 auditions are coming to Chicago. Show up at Hotel Allegro at 171 W. Randolph on October 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to try your hand at cooking under pressure while making it as dramatic as possible. [EaterWire]