To enter the Culinary Explosion Cook-Off, it take is a good cook and $25. Enough food must be prepared to provide samples to at least 5 judges, plus small (bite-sized) samples for at least 100 members of the public. A full list of rules and regulations is available below. The categories for this years cook off include BBQ, Soul, and Cajun. If you are not a cook, you can purchase your tasting ticket at the festival.