06/21/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

LA Gets Cheesy: Grilled Cheese Invitational 2010

Cheese heads brace yourselves, the Grilled Cheese Invitational is stinking up your town this Saturday. Sponsored by Tillamook Cheese, who you may recognize from their adorable 70's inspired Loaf Love Buses currently touring SoCal, "The 1st 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational will surely be the best thing to happen to mankind, ever! Well maybe second to that whole 'landing on the moon' thing," says event founder Tim Walker. The competition welcomes both amateur and professional chefs, and all judges must pre-register as a member of the judging Society. Don't fret if you can't distinguish your gouda from your gruyere, there's plenty of action for the common cheese lover to join in on. Those not competing or officially judging will still receive a people's choice ballot and can enjoy the rest of the festivities including a cheese calling competition, costume contest, beer gardens, food vendors, prizes, and tons of free samples. Come one, come all, and for your sake come on an empty stomach!

$10 in advance, $15 @ event
Saturday, April 24
12:00pm - 6:00pm
Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA