Magnuson Park Will Be Overflowing With Cheesy Goodness This Weekend

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The Grilled Cheese Grand Prix promises a whole lotta melted dairy.

Grilled Cheese Grand Prix
(11/17-11/18) A spin-off of the Seattle Street Food Festival, the Grilled Cheese Grand Prix is a brand-new event from the creator of the Taco Libre Showdown and Seattle Outdoor Cinema. More than a dozen food trucks and booths will compete for the title of best grilled cheese, joined by numerous local breweries, wineries, and other purveyors like Tillamook Cheese and Seattle Pickle Co., which is part of (dare we say) Seattle's thriving pickling scene. Regular and VIP tickets are good for one of the three cheesy sessions and include 10-15 tokens for drink tasters. Food purchased separately. Times and prices vary. Magnuson Park Hangar 30, 6310 NE 74th St.;

Washington Distillers Festival
(11/18) The Washington Distillers Festival happens this Saturday at McMenamins Anderson School location, a Bothell junior high school that the brewery chain renovated into an entertainment complex. The booze fest includes more than 20 distilleries, such as Woodinville Whiskey Co., XO Alambic, and Heritage Distilling, which is set to open its new Roslyn tasting room the same day. A silent auction will offer the chance to win private distillery tours and tastings and other prizes. $35, 4-8 p.m.; Bothell, 18607 Bothell Way NE; 425.398.0122;

(11/18) Help out the Rainier Valley Food Bank in time for Thanksgiving by participating in Seattle Bike Blog’s Cranksgiving event, in which teams go on a scavenger hunt for various food items from a secret list. Bringing in more items and biking to more stores nets each team more points toward prize giveaways. Free, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Swift Industries, 558 1st Ave. S.; 206.696.3059;

(11/18) Be inspired by regional influencers like Rex Holbein and Jenn LaFreniere of homeless housing initiative The BLOCK Project and Charlie Swan, Pacific Hyperloop cofounder, as they address topics from ending homelessness to high-speed transportation at this speaker-driven conference with a focus on Seattle's changing future. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices vary. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.; 206.733.9725;

(11/18-11/19) If Thor: Ragnarok didn’t satisfy your craving for all things Norse, Yulefest at Seattle’s Nordic Heritage Museum will. The 40th annual Yulefest features three stages of traditional and modern Nordic musicians and dancers, a heated tent packed with holiday treats and the Valhalla Beer Garden, plus raffles and auctions. Thor himself would be impressed. $5 admission, 10 a.m to 5 p.m; Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St.; 206.789.5707;

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