How It All Began
Arkansas showed it is the epicenter of the cheese dip world in 2010 when our inaugural World Cheese Dip Championship hosted over 6,000 people, served over 225 gallons of cheese dip and offered over 30 different recipes at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas. A second event was held at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock in 2011, and our third was held on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in 2012.
We expect thousands more on Saturday, October 25, 2014 to sample and vote on what they think is the best tasting cheese dip on earth on the grounds of Bernice Gardens and South Main Street in Little Rock. As we have gained popularity and notoriety, we continue to move to areas that can handle the crowds of cheese dip lovers.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Harmony Health Clinic, a 501(c)(3) provider of free medical and dental services to the uninsured and under-insured in Pulaski County, Arkansas.
Invented in 1935, cheese dip was created by the owner of Mexico Chiquito restaurants, Blackie Donnelly. The popularity of cheese dip grew, and it is now available at most restaurants across the South.
Local filmmaker, Nick Rogers, released a documentary in 2009 “In Queso Fever: A Movie About Cheese Dip” that explored the history and impact of cheese dip; the documentary went viral. Cheese dip was loved by all, and now the South could take pride in this culinary gift.
Nick Rogers was contacted by a local event planning company about starting a cheese dip competition, and Harmony Health Clinic was designated as the beneficiary of the World Cheese Dip Championship under the non-profit umbrella of the Southern Cheese Dip Academy. This partnership became the World Cheese Dip Competition, a 501(c)(3) that releases its profits to Harmony Health Clinic.
At the World Cheese Dip Championship (“WCDC”), professional and amateur contestants vie for the titles of Big Dipper-Professional and Big Dipper-Amateur, chosen by a panel of judges through blind tastings. People’s Choice Champions in both Professional and Amateur divisions are determined by festival attendees who will vote for their favorites. Prizes include monetary awards, WCDC merchandise, and trophies.
The World Cheese Dip Championship has been recognized both locally and nationally as one of the best food festivals for its family-friendly atmosphere and the delicious cheese dips that are entered into the competition. As we continue to grow, we look forward to seeing the World Cheese Dip Championship become the most beloved and anticipated events of the year.
Cheese dip. Come on over and see why we are so proud of this Arkansas creation.