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What a perfect day for a grilled cheese cook-off – Mom blogger style!

Got my grilled cheese and a toy - what more do I need?

Tillamook and the Loaf Love Tour invited local Orange County and Los Angeles Mom bloggers, as well as their families, for a special day of Loaf Love family fun on March 27th.  The day included face painting, balloon animals, frisbee, a special appearance from Loafy (who was a big hit with the kids!), and a good old-fashioned grilled cheese competition.

The kids battle Loafy (good thing those swords are made of balloons!)

The stakes were high (Grand Prize – a Tillamook Cookbook and a year’s supply of Tillamook Cheese) and the competition was fierce (10 of the OC’s top Mom Blogs) this weekend at Costa Mesa’s Tewinkle Park. Moms brought reinforcements (husbands, little ones, and even grandparents)  to help them choose a variety of accoutrements (asparagus, Tillamook Pepper Jack, Tillamook Medium Cheddar, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, banana peppers, zucchini, bell peppers, Tillamook Sharp Cheddar, pesto, bacon…) that combine perfectly to create the tastiest grilled cheese sandwiches. And boy oh boy, did these families deliver!

 

The ingredients table - getting creative!

Top winners:

Best Teamwork – Shelby Barone from OCMoms.com and her adorable family won for the variety of sandwiches they created such as “Tomato Love”, “Trees of Love”, “Surprise Sandwich” and the “Plain Jane”.

Best Teamwork Award - Shelby's family members

Most Creative – Priscilla Willis from She’s Cookin’ won for her inspired sandwich the “Spring Fever”.

Most Creative Award Winner

Best overall – This coveted prize went to Kristen Howerton of Rage Against the MiniVan. Kristen has her husband Mark to thank for the year’s supply of Tillamook Cheese. The Howerton family won the prize with his “So-Cal Delight”. They also get the prize for most excited to receive a prize!

 
 

Best Overall Award - Kristen's husband Mark

Honorable mention goes out to:

Angela Bishop of Nine More Months, Caryn Bailey of Rockin’ Mama, Jenny Klein of 3 Before 30, Resa Michelle of Making Geek Look Good, and Marcie Taylor of Suburban Mamas.

HUGE thanks to everyone for coming out and spending a sunny Sunday with us here at Tillamook Cheese! We so enjoyed meeting you and sharing some delicious grilled cheeses. See you again soon!

Aww... too many cute kid moments to count!

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