2018 Memphis Grilled Cheese FestivalNovember 4, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Sunday, November 4, 12 – 6 pm. 4th Annual Grilled Cheese Festival! After one year off, Grilled Cheese Fest is back.
This year it has moved from December to November to hopefully allow for slightly better/warmer weather (it is still a rain or shine event). Over 10 teams are competing in the categories of Best Tomato Soup, Best-AllAround, Most Ridiculous, and “Most Cheesiest.” There is also an award for fan favorite (to vote for a fan favorite, donate directly to the team for a sample and the team with the most donations at the end of the day will claim this award. Suggested donation is $1). Dozens of other food trucks and vendors will be attending as well. As always, the event benefits Alive Rescue Memphis, whose staff will be on-site with dogs available for adoption.
Hi-Tone owner Brian “Skinny” McCabe chooses for his events to benefit dogs for a reason: he’s adopted ten over the years and fostered many more. “It’s a cause that’s near and dear to my heart,” he says. “All my animals are rescues.” Dogs seem to like him back. “There’s a local dog that always escapes his owners from around here and he comes straight to the Hi-Tone.”
The entrance fee is $5, with 100% of proceeds going to Alive Rescue. Entrances are located at either end of the festival and in the connecting alley between the back parking lot and front parking lot. Skinny will have the stretch of Cleveland in front of the Hi-Tone blocked off. Music begins inside at 3 pm in the big room and football will be on the TV in the small room. The Hi-Tone will have a full bar plus mimosas and Bloody Marys all day.
This event is family-friendly; there will be a kids’ area with games and activities for children set up in Crosstown Arts. The Hi-Tone will also have soft drinks available for purchase for the kids.
Recently the Hi-Tone reopened its kitchen under Josh McLane, who will be cooking his own version of the grilled cheese that day as well. The Hi-Tone has a grilled cheese and tomato soup on its menu.
Skinny and the Grilled Cheese Festival have raised over 13k for Alive Rescue over the past few years and are hoping to build upon that even more. “Bread, butter, cheese; it’s easy,” says Skinny.