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The Big Melt

I just go crazy for grilled cheese sandwiches.

To me, two slices of buttered bread are a blank canvas to which one can add a variety of cheeses, vegetables, other proteins and even fruit!  Though I am adventurous when it comes to adding toppings (stuffings?) – my go-to recipe includes a light spreading of mayo, a couple of different kinds of shredded cheese (sharp cheddar, jack and Havarti being one of my favorite combos) and slices of fresh heirloom tomato.

What’s on your favorite grilled cheese sandwich?

Are you a traditionalist? Or perhaps more of an adventurer? Regardless, you’ll want to be at Seattle’s only grilled cheese festival, The Big Melt, to debut this Sunday, September 7.

The ooey-gooey goodness of melted cheese combined with the crisp crunch of hearty grilled bread are the essential elements of one of the most simple, yet classic, comfort food creations. Participants in The Big Melt will be adding their own twists to the classic as they try to stand out from the crowd.

Festival-goers will reap the rewards as they wander around the festival-like atmosphere, sampling creations from Beecher’s Seattle, Metropolitan Market, The Ultimate Melt and others, while also enjoying award-winning craft beer from Stoup Brewing, local wines and other local specialty beverages, snacks and desserts.

The Big Melt will support Northwest Harvest as attendees will be asked to contribute to the “mac and cheese tower” by donating boxes upon arrival.

Event: The Big Melt

Date: Sunday, Sept. 7

Time: 11am-4pm

Place: Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115)

Visit www.getfork.com/thebigmelt for more information, to purchase tickets or to enter the competition.

BONUS: The fine folks over at the Big Melt are giving my readers a discount code for $5 off tickets to the event. Enter code TBM5 when purchasing tickets.

The Big Melt is brought to you by Fork, an iPhone app and community of food, photos and friends. Attendees and participants will be using the Fork app to compete against one another to see who can take the best grilled-cheese photo during the event.