Kansas City Grilled Cheese Festival

Save The Date:
Saturday, September 26, 2020!

    Almost 1000 awesome people showed up to the 2nd annual Grilled Cheese Festival at Hy-Vee Arena where they played games, listened to awesome live music, and ate delicious grilled cheese.


    Huge thanks to our partners Sysco Food Service and KCMO Parks & Rec, our sponsors Jameson Irish Whiskey, 1220 Spirits, and 4 Hands Brewing Co. Also, huge shout out to our vendors Smitty’s Garage Burgers & Beer, The Wheel Barrel, TacoNaco KC, Black Dog Coffeehouse, Granite City Food & Brewery, Longboards Wraps and Bowls, and KCMO Parks & Rec who all showed up and made their incredible grilled cheese for all to enjoy.


    Thanks for your support and giving us a chance to provide you with a fun event!

    2019 Grilled Cheese Vendors

    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!

    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!

        2019 Event Vendors

        When Kansas City needed a better choice for replacement windows, Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City answered the call. We are the leading local source for new windows and patio doors, using the top quality products of Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City to greatly improve the homes of our neighbors in the Kansas City area.

        Topgolf – the premier entertainment destination in Overland Park. And by entertainment destination, we’re talking about a place where you can come for birthday parties, bachelor or bachelorette parties, corporate events, date nights, or just a night out with friends, and everyone will have a great time.

        No matter the occasion or who you share it with, we believe that every great time starts with play, is fueled by food and drinks, moved by music and all made possible through community.

        Go Ape is an unparalleled outdoor adventure experience. Tackle dangling obstacles, explore the trees from a new perspective and fly around on multiple zip lines from exciting heights.

        Our Treetop Adventure & Treetop Journey courses are guaranteed to deliver laughter, smiles and a sense of accomplishment. Go Ape is perfect for everyone including friends, families, companies and parties. Our mission is to inspire everyone to live life adventurously.

        Ripple Glass is here to make glass recycling work. We’re providing more locations to drop off empty glass containers. We’re processing the glass locally. And local & regional businesses are using it to make fiberglass insulation and new glass bottles.

        Don’t worry.

        Your glass is in a better place.

        The farm families that own Cabot Creamery Co-operative love what they do. And they’ve been doing it for a long time—every single day since 1919. Now 100 years later, we’re proud of our thriving farms, strong communities, and happy, healthy cows that produce the rich, buttery milk that we use to make Cabot’s award-winning cheese and dairy products. We like to think those awards mean we’re doing something right. Of course, you’re a big part of this too. If you love eating our cheese as much as we love making it, then we’ll get to keep doing what we do for generations to come.

        PRP Wine International has been providing In Home Wine Samplings to our clients since 1989. Our mission is to deliver a personal In Home Wine Sampling Experience of fun, laughter, and culture to every home. We offer an unforgettable experience that brings the look and feel of the vineyards straight to your doorstep.

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