A perfect lunch to kick-off football season! Bayou Jamb is hosting a tailgate cook-off at the Ruston Historic Fire Station on Wednesday August 24th from 11:00 am-3:00 pm.  We will have great tailgate food and tons of fun. Don’t miss cheering for your favorite team while showing support for your favorite school.


Ticket Prices

General Admission     $10

VIT Wristband (Very Important Tailgater) $25


General Admission $10 – Includes one (1) complimentary sample from each participating competitor and complimentary water.


VIT Wristband (Very Important Tailgater) – $25 Includes unlimited complimentary sample from each participating competitor, water and soft drink or tea. Access to the VIT Lounge with one-on-one interaction and lunch with participating Head Football Coaches.


Registration Rules & Information:


The entry fee is FREE for competitors.

Each cooking team can have a maximum of four-(4) team members.

Each cooking team is responsible for preparing 100-150 sample serving for each dish entered.

Alcoholic beverages will not be accepted as competition submissions.

The cooking grounds will be inside the Ruston Convention Center and surrounding parking lot.

Cooking grounds will open at 6:00 AM on the day of the event for set-up.

Judging will be by division and by booths between 11:00 am – 1:00 PM.

Each cooking team is responsible for their own ingredients, supplies and equipment.

Judging will be based on Taste, Appearance and Team Spirit.


A Grand Champion will be selected from division winners to receive the coveted Bayou Jamb Tailgate Belt.


Join the Competition Now!

Purchase Tickets Here!

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