Calling All Cheese Enthusiasts

There’s an artistry to making cheese. There’s also an art to sandwich making. And those two things come together at the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship. The event takes place Saturday, April 20th, at the Lee Memorial Pavilion in Harris Park, Dodgeville. Doors will swing open at 10:45 a.m., kicking off a day filled with cheesy delights and culinary excitement.

Individuals aged 16 and older can purchase admission for five dollars. Children aged 15 and younger can enter free of charge. As an added bonus, general admission ticket holders aged 16 and older will receive discount cards valid at 10 participating businesses in the Dodgeville area. They will also get a complimentary cup of soup and bottle of water while supplies last.

Competing in the sandwich showdown is open to all, with participants ranging from 12-year-old aspiring chefs to seasoned culinary professionals. With approximately 70 sandwiches set to be crafted this year, anticipation is high as judges prepare to evaluate each entry based on taste, creativity, and presentation.

“We’ve got a diverse panel of 14 judges, including certified barbecue experts and local food enthusiasts,” explains Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jenna Vondra. “It’s all about celebrating the artistry and innovation of grilled cheese.”

It’s not just about the competition; it’s also about celebrating local flavors and artisans. Contestants are required to use Wisconsin cheese in their creations. Many often source from nearby cheese makers such as Hooks Cheese or Uplands Cheese. This commitment to local ingredients reflects the championship’s dedication to promoting Wisconsin’s rich dairy heritage.

For those not competing, there’s still plenty of fun to take in at the championship. This year’s championship boasts a lineup of five food trucks and a diverse selection of 17 vendors, offering something to satisfy every craving. Additionally, attendees can explore the Builder space presented by Fox 47. They can also indulge in face painting, or sip on refreshing beverages at the Bloody Mary bar and wine and beer garden.