Area restaurants competed with their best ooey gooey Mac & Cheese at the 2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Smackdown on Saturday at Gurney's!
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The 31st Annual Newport Winter Festival came to a close on Sunday, February 24th. Here are some of the winners from food and drink competitions that took place during the 10 day event;

2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Smackdown at Gurney’s on Saturday, February 23rd;

  • First Place- #14 MainSail at the Newport Marriott
  • Second Place- #9 Tavern in the Square
  • Third Place Tie – #4 Localz Kitchen & Cocktails & #6 Antonio’s Pizza Newport 

24th Annual Sam Adams Chili Cook-Off at Gurney’s on Saturday, February 16th;

  • First Place- #9 Chili Masters 
  • Second Place- #1 Saltwater at the Newport Harbor Hotel
  • Third Place- #2 Gurney’s Newport Resort 

Annual Best Hot Drink Contest at Red Parrot on Thursday, February 21st;

  • 1st Place- Skiff Bar at the Marriott 
  • 2nd Place- Red Parrot
  • 3rd Place- Tickets Bar & Grille

Annual Tropical Drink Contest at Gas Lamp Grille on Sunday, February 17th;

  • 1st Place- Red Parrot
  • 2nd Place- Skiff Bar at the Marriott
  • 3rd Place- Stoneacre Brasserie

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.

He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.