I'm walking through the Crystal Springs picnic area in Griffith Park. The intoxicating smell of butterfat and toast wafts through the air. Crowds of hungry cheese lovers cheer. It can only the the 1st 6th Annual National Grilled Cheese Invitational.
What other sandwich can drive a crowd into such a frenzy? As 140 competitors feverishly cook, cheese runners run the sandwiches to the onlookers who push each other out of the way and claw for the tasty delights.
Check out my Flickr photoset of this event.
I'm lactose a little bit lactose intolerant, but still the temptation to stuff myself with the yummy sandwiches is overwhelming. Says NGCI founder Tim Walker: "I've never met somebody who hates a grilled cheese. I know people who are terribly lactose intolerant but who stuff themselves to bursting with grilled cheese. That's a sacrifice!" I think I might be one of those people.