Past Festivals


In 2021 we went county-wide, providing a safe platform for people from all over to support local restaurants. From May 1st to June 31st 40 restaurants around San Luis Obispo County competed for the title of Best SLO Grilled Cheese.

Best SLO
Grilled Cheese
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Humdinger Brewing

most ooey
gooey cheesy
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Corner Market

Best twisted
Grilled Cheese
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Park 1039


2020 brought a challenge to the SLO Grilled Cheese Festival and pushed it into a virtual format. Teams and individuals submitted videos to compete for SLO's Best Grilled Cheese. Check out contestants of 2020's virtual event below.

2020 Winners:

2020 Best of - "We're in it Together" 

Most Spirited - "The Grilled Cheese Zone"

Big Chedda' - "My Dad's Grilled Cheese"


2019 brought Restorative Partners inaugural SLO Grilled Cheese Festival. Held on a sunny summer afternoon at Laguna Lake Park, it drew hundreds to enjoy and afternoon of food, drinks, music, and community. 12 teams competed in a Grill-Off Competition to be crowned SLO's Best Grilled Cheese. Check out the event video and photos here (click the photos to see them larger).

2019 Winners:

Best Grilled Cheese/Judge's Award - Stoke the World

Most Spirited - The Riveters