Cheesy party

Illustration by SARAH HANSEL

Steel your stomach and your stamina to wait in long lines: The first Sacramento Grilled Cheese Festival adds much fanfare to this humble, melted meal with a full weekend of partying, including family-friendly activities from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, in Southside Park. Several local restaurants and food trucks, including The Rind, Pushkin’s Bakery and Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen, will grill their very best sandwiches or try new recipes—including grilled cheeses styled as brunch and dessert. Groove Thang Band is headlining to get the family dancing, and a “kids zone” will feature face-painting and inflatables. For the young at heart, an “adult zone” has giant Jenga and cornhole, and vendors will sell crafts and noncheese desserts. The Saturday 21-and-older event pairing the sandwiches with beer sold out months ago, but you can still buy alcohol at the wholesome shindig on Sunday. Nab $10 presale tickets online at or at the door for $15—but line up early.