2019 Grilled Cheese Festival

Saturday, October 5th

    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!


      Day of Information

        Hey Grilled Cheese Lovers,
        Thank you so much for buying tickets to the 2nd Annual KC Grilled Cheese Festival! We are very excited about the event and we hope you are too!
        Due to the weather forecaset, we have moved the event to Hy-Vee Arena in the West Bottoms!
        Each vendor this year will be offering a classic grilled cheese and a melt grilled cheese plus soups and 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 delicious samples. There will be a FREE bounce houses and face painting and tattoos for kids (or even the young at heart), yard games and live music!
        Doors open at 11:00 am for Grilled Cheese Lovers ticket holders, at 12:00 pm for general admission and 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 Hy-Vee Arena – 1800 Genessee St, KCMO.
        • Parking can be found in one of the many lots near and around the arena.
        • Kids 10 and under are free!
        • Tickets are $15 at the door (additional fee with card)
        • The bar will be serving up beer from 4 Hands Brewing Company, cocktails from 1220 Spirits gin and vodka, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Altos Tequila!
        • Items you CAN bring:
          • Cameras
          • Your ID’s if you plan to buy alcohol
          • CASH
          • NO Alcohol
          • NO Pets
          • NO Outside food or drink

        Best Grilled Cheese In KC!

        When you arrive to the fest, you’ll receive a voting token. Once you’ve decided your favorite grilled cheese, make sure you deposit your token at that vendor’s booth! The winner will be awarded at 3:00 pm!

        Grilled Cheese Vendors

        Each Grilled Cheese vendor will have samples of classic (just cheese) and melts (cheese + other awesomeness) as well as a soup pairing.

        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!

        Chef Fernanda Reyes comes to KC to revolutionize the American palette with the classic flavor of Comida Casera. Over her 15+ years of experience, she has won several awards for her performance and is also the Executive Chef of Cacao Restaurant. We are excited to see Chef Feranda’s spin on a grilled cheese!

        With coffee from Messenger Coffee and and pastries and bread from Ibis, this family run coffeehouse is perfect for the Grilled Cheese Fest! Not sure if you’ve seen their menu, but they have a triple grilled cheese that we’re dying to try! We’re excited to have them a part of this year’s event.

        Granite City may be known for their fresh brewed craft beer, but their passion for perfection doesn’t stop there! In their kitchens, thier chefs create incredible made-from-scratch food, our bartenders are ready to mix your favorite cocktail, and their friendly staff have a passion for service.


        We’re happy to have Granite City on board and can’t wait to see what they bring to the table!

        Your favorite Wrap Shack will be joining us at this year’s Grilled Cheese Fest! They love surf lifestyle and the island state of mind, that’s why they make filling flavorful wraps and bowls with the best flavors of the Pacific coasts of Hawaii, California, Japan, China, Mexico, and beyond! We’re excited to see their twist on a grilled cheese!

        KCMO Parks & Rec will be offering up a keto grilled cheese and all of their proceeds go back to their Scholar Fund! So happy to have Parks showing off their grilled cheese cooking skills!

        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!

        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!

        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.

          Grilled Cheese Lovers!

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

            What Else Is Happening?

              KC Cornhole Series: Grilled Cheese Fest Series Tournament

              We are happy to present the KC Cornhole Series(KCCS). We partnered up with the biggest events in Kansas City to offer Cornhole tournaments at these existing awesome events. In addition to the Series Tournaments at KC’s biggest events, we will host several Prelim tournaments before or in between the Series tournaments at venues around Kansas City. All tournaments starting June will also track American Cornhole League points for all you ACL players out there!


              You can either sign up for each KCCS tournament individually or if you win one of our Cornhole leagues or Prelim tournaments you win free entry to one of the KCCS tournaments. Thanks to our partner, 816 Cornhole, we will have top quality boards and bags at our leagues and tournaments to ensure amazing competition and fun. Below is a list of the events in which we will host large, fun competitive and recreational cornhole tournaments in 2019.

              Event Partners

                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.

                  A huge thank you to our event partner, Sysco Food Service!


                  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!

                  Event Vendors

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                  Don’t worry.

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