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KC Grilled Cheese & Mac Festival

October 16, 2021 12:30 PM

Yes, it is happening in 2021!

**All 2020 tickets are valid for the new date**

Due to the rescheduling, we've decided to combine The Great Grilled Cheese and Beer Festival of KC with the KC Mac and Cheese Festival to create what absolutely must be the cheesiest and most incredible carb and gluten overload on the planet!!

The KC Grilled Cheese & Mac Festival is the only event in Kansas City where you get to sample a huge variety of gourmet, chef-inspired twists on your childhood favorites: Grilled Cheese AND Mac & Cheese!

Amazing local chefs and restaurants are cooking up their most creative and delicious grilled cheese and mac & cheese while competing for the title of best bite in town. Along with all the tasty eats, you'll also get to enjoy beer sampling from a variety of breweries! Be there to try it all for yourself and cast your vote!

Session 1 - 12:30-3:00 pm (GA) 12-3:00 pm (Early Entry)
Session 2 - 4:30-7:00 pm (GA) 4-7:00 pm (Early Entry)

GA Ticket includes:
- Entry to the event
- Live entertainment
- Unlimited personal sampling of grilled cheese and mac & cheese
- All-inclusive open bar
- Beer sampling from our participating breweries

Early Entry Ticket Includes:
- Early Entry to the event a full half hour prior to GA
- Live entertainment
- Unlimited personal sampling of grilled cheese and mac & cheese
- All-inclusive open bar
- Beer sampling from our participating breweries

New this year: We've added a "non-sampling" ticket for those who want to join in on the fun but don't want to partake in the sampling. These tickets allow you to enjoy the live entertainment and include two beverages from our bars. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. Although this ticket will not allow you to sample from any of the restaurants or breweries on site, food will be available for purchase at participating food trucks.

Food Truck Only “Non-Sampling” Ticket includes:
- Entry to the event to enjoy live music and festival
- Two alcoholic beverages from any of the on-site bars
- Access to the Food Truck row with a variety of food options to purchase from

Note: None of the restaurants, chefs or breweries will be selling food. In order to sample from any of the chefs/restaurants/beer vendors you must have a GA or Early Entry GA Ticket, no exceptions.

Important: This is a 21+ only event. No extra points awarded for getting sloppy. You'll have hours to sample everything, and there is plenty to go around. Bites are intentionally small to allow you to sample from all vendors before getting full. Help us keep the event sustainable by not contributing to food waste. Leftover food will be donated to food banks. Do not drink and drive; have a plan in place. No baby strollers, carts or non-service animal pets allowed. Your ticket is non-refundable.

The Kansas City Grilled Cheese & Mac Festival is proud to support The Hope Center.

Over the last 20 years, The Hope Center has planted roots on Kansas City's east side so that east siders are rooted in hope. Because when hope roots, people rise. The Hope Center mission is “to develop healthy communities in Kansas City where the vulnerable can have hope and flourish.”

Currently, their out of school K-12th grade youth development program and family/community events impact almost 200 children and their families. Growth plans ahead include a new playground area to serve their campus and the community, extension of their Community Garden; continued property development; and – targeted over the next decade of service to the east side – an affordable housing initiative and a vision to renovate our existing church building into a community gathering and events center.

You’re invited to be a part of this transformation through your financial investment to support these efforts. Additional direct donations are always encouraged.

Through our work together, the east side will flourish, not flounder. Though the east side may be vulnerable, it will also be victorious. Where we find hope, we will find unlimited potential and possibility. To learn more, visit their website at