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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this event cancelled?

  • No! This event has been rescheduled to June 27-28 due to the COVID-19 virus.

What if I can't make the new date?

  • Tickets are fully transferable, so you may gift or sell them to others. While tickets are not-refundable we are happy to help verify tickets to facilitate your transfer if desired.

How much are tickets?

  • Grilled Cheese Tasting Event (Saturday June 27th):

    • $55 SUPER Early Bird GA (limited tickets available at this price) - SOLD OUT

    • $60 Early Bird GA (limited tickets available at this price) - SOLD OUT

    • $65 General Admission

    • $80 VIP

  • All-Ages Festival (Sunday June 28th):

    • $10 ($15 at the door - if not sold out).

    • Ages 5 and under get in for free! No ticket needed.

    • Group Rate: Buy 8 or more tickets and they're only $8 each!

What is included with the ticket price?

  • Saturday: Souvenir tasting glass, unlimited tastings (grilled cheese, beer, wine, & desserts), live DJ, cornhole, & more!

  • Sunday: Ticket covers admission only, access to live bands, DJ, adult game zone, free kid zone with bounce houses, face painters, etc. Souvenirs and food items may be purchased separately.

What are the hours?

  • Saturday - 1pm - 4pm (VIP entry at 12pm)

  • Sunday - 11am - 5pm


How do I become a vendor?

  • Easy! Just fill out a quick form to tell us more about your business and we'll send you the info and paperwork you need to get involved. Click HERE to fill out the form.

  • Please note: This event receives a LARGE amount of vendor inquiries and we may not be able to respond to them all. If your vendor category is already full for this year, we will keep your information and reach out to you about next year's event.


Does this event benefit a charity?

  • Yes! The Sacramento Grilled Cheese Festival is honored to select Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) as it's 2020 beneficiary. Click here to find out more about the important work they do.

Is the event rain or shine?

  • Yes! Nothing will stop us from having a cheesy good time.

Is it possible to volunteer at this event?

  • Yes! PCA is providing more than 70 volunteers for the weekend and I'm sure they would love to have you join in the fun. Just fill out the Volunteer Sign-Up Form and a coordinator will be in touch with you shortly.

  • Volunteers who complete at least one full shift will receive complementary admission to the event they are assigned. (restrictions may apply)

  • Volunteers for Saturday's tasting event must be age 21 or older. Volunteers on Sunday who are under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

What's the parking situation?

  • Metered parking is available in the neighborhood surrounding the festival but it may fill quickly.

  • The city lot at 8th & W st. will be available for just $2 all day and is only 2 blocks from the festival! In this lot, you must pay using the Parkmobile app. The Parkmobile zone number is 1027.

Can we pay by credit card?

  • When purchasing tickets online, credit cards are accepted.

  • This festival is cash-only. If you plan to purchase your tickets at the gate, you will need cash. **NOTE: Tickets may not be available at the gate! This even has sold out in the past and may sell out again. We recommend getting your tickets early.

  • ATMs are available inside the festival.

How much are the sandwiches at the all-ages festival?

  • Sandwiches will be served in sample-size portions (approximately quarter sandwich size) so you can try them all! At Sunday's all-ages festival, each sandwich will be priced around $2-3. Vendors will also have side dishes available at a wide range of prices.

I'm coming from out of town. What hotel should I stay at?

  • We've partnered with the Residence Inn by Marriott in downtown Sacramento to bring you a great room rate that is just blocks from festival activities! CLICK HERE to book your rooms and lock in this great rate.

  • Group rates as low as $149/night, available June 26th through 28th, 2020

  • Reduced parking rate of just $5/car will be honored at the time of arrival

  • Guests may also book by calling 1-888-236-2427

  • Last date to guarantee this rate is May 26th, 2020. Book your room now!

Directions: How do we get there?

  • From the Bay Area: Take interstate 80 east. When entering West Sacramento, keep left to stay on US-50 East. Take exit 4B for "Downtown/5th Street". At the base of the off-ramp veer slightly left onto X Street. Turn left onto 8th Street. Parking is available at W & 8th. The festival is on T street between 6th & 8th. See above for additional parking details.

  • From South Lake Tahoe: Take US-50 west. Exit "Downtown/10th Street". At the base of the ramp, merge onto W Street. Parking is available under the freeway at W & 8th. 

  • From North Lake Tahoe: Take I-80 West. At exit 95, use the right 3 lanes to merge onto "Capital City Fwy/Business 80/99 South". Keep left to stay on Business 80 for approximately 8 miles. Take exit 6A for I-80 West toward I-5/San Francisco. Exit "Downtown/10th Street". At the base of the ramp, merge onto W Street. Parking is available under the freeway at W & 8th. 

Do I need ID?

  • Yes. Security will be checking IDs at all entrances and giving wristbands or stamps to those who are 21+. You MUST have a wristband or stamp to purchase beer inside the event. Please have your ID ready as you enter so we can get everyone in quickly.

Can I bring my kids to the 21+ tasting event?

  • No, sorry. Nobody under the age of 21 will be allowed inside the 21+ tasting event.

Are there "designated driver" tickets available for the 21+ event?

  • No. All tickets include unlimited tastings for both food and beverages. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available as well.

Can I bring fluffy?

  • No, only ADA compliant service dogs will be permitted inside the festival.

What can I bring inside?

  • Cash

  • Water bottles

  • Cameras/Phones

  • Blankets/folding chairs

Is there anything I can't bring inside?

  • Alcohol

  • Pets

  • Outside food/drink (other than water)

  • Glass bottles or aluminum cans

Is there anything for the kids to do?

  • Yes! At Sunday's all-ages festival there will be a free kids zone available. The kids zone will include games, face painting, balloon artists, and more!

Are there gluten free options?

  • Gluten Free bread from Pushkins Bakery will be available upon request. Gluten free orders may experience a brief delay since they will likely be made to order (aka: piping hot and fresh!).

  • Please note that all sandwiches will be cooked on the same grills so there may be some cross-contamination.

Are there refunds if I can't attend?

  • No, the event is rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable but tickets are transferable so feel free to give your ticket to a friend.

Food Festival things to know and remember:

  • There WILL be lines: We are doing everything we can to minimize them, but if you want fresh, hot, and ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, there will be lines because the restaurants are preparing the sandwiches fresh so they taste delicious. They will be cooking constantly, all day long, and they're accepting cash only to prevent credit cards from slowing the lines down for you.

    • If hundreds or thousands of people show up at once, they can't have hundreds/thousands of sandwiches ready for you. Right before the gates open, they will start cooking furiously to try to have fresh sandwiches ready and they won't stop all day. Sunday's All -Ages event is open for six hours, so you have plenty of time to relax, eat, and enjoy the day.

  • Come prepared to listen to great music, divide and conquer the lines with family and friends, and enjoy the day outside!

  • If there's a vendor with a shorter line, try them out! All vendors have great sandwiches. Don't sit in a long line just because it's long!