Say cheese: Your guide to Atlanta's inaugural Grilled Cheese Festival


Cheese lovers unite.

The Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival is coming to Historic Fourth Ward Park, along the Atlanta Beltline, on Saturday, Oct. 7, for the first time. Some of Atlanta's hottest restaurants will be there to make sure you get the melty, cheesy goodness you deserve.

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However, there will be a lot more than the celebration of grilled cheese sandwiches to enjoy.

We’ve gathered all the top details you’ll need to navigate Atlanta's inaugural Grilled Cheese Festival:

The basics

Members of the Atlanta Sport and Social Club, the same group of people who bring you Atlanta Field Day, Oktoberfest Atlanta, and the Atlanta Beltline Pub Crawl series, thunk up the idea to create a festival around grilled cheese. The team was at lunch one cold and dreary day earlier in the year, contemplating ideas over a nice lunch of, you guessed it, grilled cheese sandwiches. And that's when the idea was born and launched on National Grilled Cheese Day.

Bring your appetite

It wouldn't be a grilled cheese festival without grilled cheese sandwiches from some of the best restaurants in the city. Bantam PubThe HighlanderSun in my Belly{three sheets}, and Pallookaville will satisfy your taste buds. There will also be a variety of local Atlanta food trucks serving up their full menus (and full-sized portions) available to purchase.

Cool your taste buds

It's going to be a hot one - on account of all the warm, melt-in-your-mouth cheesy goodness - might as well cool off with a frosty brew in the beer garden. There's going to be an excellent selection of craft beers and a few popular big name brands as well.

Be entertained

In addition to a full belly, your ears will have a treat in store. There’s a lineup of live local music, including award-winning Georgia festival favorite Unbreakable Bloodline. There will also be numerous kinds of contests - "Best Grilled Cheese" in Atlanta anyone? - and adult activities such as Cornhole, Bocce, Giant Jenga, Ladder Golf, Giant Connect 4 and more.

Ticket information

This is a 21+ only event. Tickets are available for $16 here. Ticket includes admission only. Each vendor will have quarter-sandwich samples available for purchase ($2-3).

It all takes place at the park’s skatepark, 834 Willoughby Way NE.


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