2019 Grilled Cheese Festival

Saturday, October 5th – Ilus Davis Park

    Join us for the 2nd annual Kansas City Grilled Cheese Festival on Saturday, October 5th!


    The Grilled Cheese Festival is a one-day event showing off your favorite childhood food – Grilled Cheese, from your favorite local Kansas City restaurants and food trucks! This event is open to all ages, so come out and enjoy the day with your friends and family. There will be live music, cold drinks, games, bars and all of the grilled cheese you can eat!

    Event Partner

      A huge thank you to our event partner, Kansas City, MO Parks & Rec! A portion of the event proceeds will go to the KC Parks Scholar Fund! Thank you for your support.


      Crowned as the Best Grilled Cheese is KC in 2018, The Wheel Barrel is back to see if they can defend the title!  The Wheel Barrel, located in Topeka, KS, offers gourmet grilled cheese, craft beer in their beer garden and Sunday brunch with a BYO Bloody Mary Bar.

      Smitty’s Garage, located on State Line (on the Missouri side), is known for their burgers and fries but showed us in 2018 that they can serve us a delicious grilled cheese as well! We’re excited to have them back for this year!

      Greg-Co Foods, formerly known as Greg-Co BBQ, expanded their menu in 2018 to include all of your favorite foods. They now offer tacos, kabobs, pizza and more… oh and delicious side dishes too!

      If you are craving the flavors of your favorite place on Earth, Taste of Kansas City BBQ & Grill is serving up the grub for you! They’ll be putting their twist on a grilled cheese sandwich!

        Are you interested in being a grilled cheese vendor or event vendor at the 2019 Kansas City Grilled Cheese Festival? Check out the details below, fill out the application and we will be in touch!

        Frequently Asked Questions

          • What is the Grilled Cheese Festival?
            • This is a one-day festival showing off your favorite childhood food! There will be local restaurants and food trucks serving up samples of grilled cheese, live music, games, bounce houses, cold drinks and more!
          • Is this event open to all ages?
            • Yes, come out and enjoy the day with your friends and family! Kids 10 and younger are free.
          • How do I get a grilled cheese?
            • Samples of grilled cheese will be available for purchase for $1.50-3.00 depending on the type of sandwich. There will be cheese only and melts available!
            • To get the grilled cheese samples, you will need to purchase tokens first. There will be token stations at the event where you can purchase these.
          • What is a grilled cheese sample and why is that all that is available?
            • A sample is 1/4th of a sandwich. They are served this way so you have room to try them all! There will be other vendors and items available for purchase as well.
          • How do I get tokens and what can they be used for?
            • There will be token stations at the event where you can purchase them!
            • Tokens are all worth $1.50 each and can be used to purchase grilled cheese samples, sides and even drinks from the bar!
          • Will there be any adult beverages available to help wash down the sandwiches?
            • You know it! 1220 Spirits Gin and Vodka, and Jameson Irish Whiskey cocktails, as well as beer from 4 Hands Brewing, will be available for purchase.
          • Will there be anything else to go along with these grilled cheeses?
            • Yes, there will be other food vendors there serving up desserts and other snacks!
          • Who is the band that will be playing?
          • Are dogs allowed at this event?
            • Although we love our 4-legged friends, dogs are not allowed at this event.

          Day of Information

            Hey Grilled Cheese Lovers,
            Thank you so much for buying tickets to the first KC Grilled Cheese Festival! We are very excited about the event and we hope you are too! This event is sold out and tickets will not be available at the door.
            With this being a first-year event, our entire goal was to keep it a little smaller so we can make sure that everyone has a great experience and a great time which we can make better every year! We have capped the ticket sales so there shouldn’t be crowding, lines or other issues. Our goal next year is to have twice as many vendors, sponsors and make this event a staple in Kansas City. So thank you again for supporting this event. We couldn’t keep doing what we do without you.
            Each vendor this year will be offering a classic grilled cheese and a melt grilled cheese plus sides for purchase. In addition to the grilled cheese vendors, there will also be local vendors offering free giveaways, telling you about their business and offering apparel and jewelry for purchase. There will be FREE bounce houses and face painting and tattoos for kids (or even the young at heart), yard games and music by The Phantastics!
            Doors open at 11 am and will close at 4 pm, so feel free to come at any time! Grilled Cheese samples will be available for purchase for $1.50 or $3 a piece. Each person will purchase tokens to buy their grilled cheese samples, you can pay with cash or card. (NOTE: Card payments will have a processing fee so bring cash that way fees don’t get added.)
            • The festival will be held at Berkley Riverfront Park – 1305 River Front Rd, KCMO.
            • Parking is free and will be located Southeast of the event in the gravel lot.
            • Kids 10 and under are free!
            • Tickets are $15 at the door (additional fee with card)
            • There will be a bar with Deep Eddy Cocktails featuring Bloody Mary’s, 8 local beers on tap including a Sangria and Cider.
            • Items you CAN bring:
              • Chairs
              • Blankets
              • Cameras
              • Sunscreen
              • Your ID’s if you plan to buy alcohol
            • ITEMS NOT ALLOWED:
              • NO Alcohol
              • NO Pets
              • NO Outside food or drink

            Grilled Cheese Eating Contest

            • Limited to 20 people.
            • Starts at 1 pm, registration starts at 12 pm at the registration/check-in tent.
            • $30 to enter, includes 4 sandwiches. (2 classics, 2 melts)
            • Prizes for 1st and 2nd Place

            Grilled Cheese Lovers!

              Don’t miss out on the Grilled Cheese Lovers tickets. We are only selling 200 tickets, so they WILL SELL OUT!!


              Grilled Cheese Lovers tickets include early entrance to the event (1 hour prior to the public), 10 tokens and a KC Grilled Cheese Fest fanny pack!


              A big thank you to 4 Hands Brewing Co. for the sponsorship. 4 Hands beer will be available for purchase during the event!

              A big thank you to 1220 Spirits for the sponsorship. Whether you’re a Gin or Vodka fan, we’ll have both to wash down your grilled cheese!

              A big thank you to Jameson Irish Whiskey for the sponsorship. Jameson cocktails will be available to help wash down your grilled cheese!

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