The Binghamton Philharmonic is going to have to change keys in mid-stanza of its annual Mac and Cheese Fest Fundraiser composition.

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News
Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

On the January 8-9 edition of the weekly local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, Executive Director Doctor Paul Cienniwa said the organization was keeping an eye on what was going on with the COVID case numbers as plans were being set for the annual fundraiser, which had to be held as a drive-up event last year.

The Orchestra now has issued a statement saying, due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, The fundraiser at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Binghamton February 10 is now a hybrid event that will provide both in-person dining and to-go options.

98.1 The Hawk logo
Get our free mobile app

Local chefs from over 15 restaurants compete for bragging rights while raising money for the local symphony.

This is the 7th year for the popular event.

For tickets and information, call the box office at 607-723-3931 or visit

LOOK: Food history from the year you were born

From product innovations to major recalls, Stacker researched what happened in food history every year since 1921, according to news and government sources.

More From 98.1 The Hawk