The Grilled Cheese Invitational!



April is National Grilled Cheese Month and Tillamook Cheese is pleased to announce, for the second year, their sponsorship of the 2nd 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational (GCI). The 102-year-old farmer-owned cooperative and best-selling natural cheese brand in the West is the ideal sponsor for an event that celebrates amateur and professional chefs and their love of grilled cheese. This year, Tillamook Cheese is taking the love of cheese to a new level by giving one lucky cheese enthusiast the opportunity to experience the Grilled Cheese Invitational first hand. Open to everyone within the United States, Tillamook Cheese is inviting fans to share a video that illustrates how they make the perfect grilled cheese. Fans are encouraged to use the videos from the Tillamook Kitchen section of as inspiration. The winner will receive a trip for two to Los Angeles to compete at the Grilled Cheese Invitational with complimentary airfare, hotel, and ground transportation. The video competition will run from April 1st – April 14th.

For additional details or to enter the competition, please visit The 2nd 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational will be held at Los Angeles Center Studios in downtown Los Angeles on April 23th from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. For more information, please visit

While attending the largest grilled cheese contest in the nation, event-goers can spend time in “Tillamook Cheese Country” and feast on complimentary grilled cheese samples, sample Tillamook’s award-winning cheeses, meet Loafy – a mascot resembling a baby loaf of Tillamook’s World’s Best Medium Cheddar Cheese - and take home coupons for Tillamook products, recipe cards and much more. Additionally, Tillamook will be hosting a live Twitter giveaway where one winner per hour will win a year’s supply of free cheese – follow @TillamookCheese for more details. Attendees will also have the chance to experience the Loaf Love Tour, Tillamook’s annual cross-country event designed to “share the Loaf Love” by bringing their best-tasting cheese to the people. New to the Loaf Love Tour in 2011 is the “Loafster,” a convertible VW bus refurbished to represent a Baby Loaf of Tillamook Cheese. The Loafster is accompanied by a pair of 1966 Standard VW Microbuses, also modified to represent Baby Loafs.

I can't wait to sample each and every variety of grilled cheese sandwich that will be available at this event! It's going to be one Super 'CHEESY' Party!!!

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