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Announcing the 4th Annual Tillamook Cheese Factory Grilled Cheese Contest

Do you have the best tasting, creamiest melting, most unique and utterly irresistible grilled cheese sandwich recipe out there?  Then enter the Tillamook Cheese Factory Grilled Cheese Contest!  From March 7 through March 31, submit your one-of-a-kind recipe and you could be one of three finalists who will compete in a live cook-off on National Grilled Cheese Day, Saturday, April 12 at the Cheese Factory.  A panel of judges including chefs, local personalities, and professional cheese tasters (yes, that is a real job) will pick a winner who will get bragging rights for the best darned Tillamook Grilled Cheese sandwich on the planet – oh, and $500 and a delicious Tillamook goodie basket! There are goodie basket prizes for our runners up, too.

How to enter
Three easy ways:

• Email your name, city, daytime phone number, and Grilled Cheese recipe to (check Recipe Entry Format for instructions on recipe format), or

• Stop by the Cheese Factory for entry format sample and contest rules; type up your recipe and return it there, or

• Type your recipe according to the Recipe Entry Format and mail it to us!

But hurry – deadline for entries is midnight, Monday, March 31. Be sure to follow the recipe guidelines on the Recipe Entry Format!  We’d hate to disqualify your tasty recipe from consideration!  Read the Grilled Cheese Contest Entry Rules for all the contest details!

You say you’re not much of a cook but still LOAF to eat Tillamook grilled cheese sandwiches? Then you will want to enter our contest to become our Celebrity “Best Tillamook Cheese Fan” judge at the recipe cook-off! Details on this contest coming soon so stay tuned to the community blog on for more details and entry dates!


Susan Robinson

What happened to your cheese . We used to drive all the way to Tillimook to buy it from the little place you used to have. We would brag to all our friends and family about how good it was. The last 3 2lbs blocks we bought had no taste what so ever. Did you change it somehow?

March 7th, 2014 at 11:02 am

Tillamook Team

Hi Susan,

Thank you for reaching out to us here on the blog! I'm sorry to hear that you've disappointed with our cheese recently. I assure you, we haven't changed the recipe. I'm sure our Consumer Relations team would love to chat with you to try and make this right. Please contact them here.

Hope to hear from you soon.


Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 11th, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Mary Garoutte

I would love to receive the rescipes for the grilled cheese rescipes!

March 20th, 2014 at 5:13 pm


Hi! I have a question about the contest and my recipe's eligibility - would I reach out to I want to make sure I receive a response in time for submission...

March 21st, 2014 at 11:16 am

Tillamook Team

Hi Mary,

Absolutely! We'll post the winning recipe the week after the contest here on our blog, so stay tuned!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 26th, 2014 at 11:45 am

Tillamook Team

Hi Lindsey,

Yes - please reach out to with any questions.Hope to hear from you soon!


Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 26th, 2014 at 11:47 am

Zachary Harmon

I submitted my Grilled Cheese recipe via e-mail in an attached Word 2010 Document. Is that okay?

March 29th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Tillamook Team

Hi Zachary,

Thanks so much for your entry! I hope you saw our email confirming your submission. Thanks again for taking the time to enter!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

April 4th, 2014 at 2:48 pm


Hi Callie,

I submitted my grilled cheese recipe, but I see in your reply to Zachary I was supposed to receive a confirmation email, but didn't. How unfortunate! Is there any way to find out if you received my entry for the Slammin' Salmon Sandwich?

April 6th, 2014 at 9:44 pm


I am SO excited to see the results of this year. I was lucky enough to compete last year and it just about made my lifetime. Yay for new recipes!

April 7th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Tillamook Team

Hi Dane,

Thanks for checking! Don't worry - we did see your entry! Zachary asked us via email if his submission went through, which is why he received a confirmation. Thanks again for entering the contest!


Callie, of the Tillamook team

April 10th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Tillamook Team

Hi Colleen,

Yay! I'm super excited too! We received so many cheesetastic recipes; it was so hard to pick our finalists. Stay tuned for the winning sandwich recipe soon!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

April 10th, 2014 at 12:25 pm


Yes! I competed in the 2nd Annual contest (came in 2nd), and cannot wait to do it again. Thank you for hosting this great competition!
- Krystal

March 19th, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Tillamook Team

Hi Krystal,
Thanks for your support and enthusiasm over the years! Without fans like you, there'd be no grilled cheese cook-off :) Can't wait to see your recipe this year!

Good luck to ya!
Amalya of the Tillamook team

March 23rd, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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