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Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival Criteria and Judging Regulations



Entrees (Beef, Pork, Poultry and Fish)

Vegetables and Side Dishes

(i.e. Greens, Okra, Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Mac and Cheese, etc.)

Breads and Desserts

Appetizers, Soups, Miscellaneous

(i.e. Gumbo, Salads, Pork Rinds, etc.)  

Beverages and Ices

Criteria:  Presentation


                  Story/History Behind the  Creation of the Dish



Each entrant must bring their dish with them to the festival the day of the judging

Festival will confirm day and time closer to the event

Entrants must prepare enough food for 6 people in Styrofoam boxes that are labeled with their name and category for which they will be judged

Call for Entries:  Closes when ten slots in each category are filled

Rules:   Each entrant must state the category for which they are applying, send in a copy of the recipe and a brief history about their dish

Entrants will be pre-screened by the selection committee

Upon acceptance they will be charged the entry fee

Entries may be moved to another category at the discretion of the selection committee

There will be no refunds of entry fees after acceptance

 All foods must be home cooked and made from scratch

Pre-packed recipes will be automatically disqualified

Cost:     $20 per entry

Walk-Up/Day of Event: $30 per entry (if slots are available)


Prizes:  The competition will have First, Second and Third Prizes (to be determined) in each category

contest criteria

Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival 2024

(Please print clearly) (Form list above)

Recipe Title: ______________________________________________________________

Cook’s Name: ______________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________ 

State__________________ Zip Code_____________

Phone Number: ____________________________________________

Email Address: _____________________________________________



(Please mark your food entry)


Entrees: Meat                                      Vegetables

Beef                                                        Write in your dish


Poultry (Chicken, Turkey)                                                                         



Appetizers/Soups/Miscellaneous             Write in your dish



Breads/Desserts                                           Write in your dish



Please download the document above and mail the entry form, recipe and a brief story or history of your dish, to the following address no later than June 15, 2021.


Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival Entry 

Attention:  Judging Committee

4708 Bawell Street

Baton Rouge, LA  70808

or email

Please fax completed forms to 866-875-8960, Toll Free

Entry formS

Food Contest Dates and Times

Saturday, May 20  

 Sunday, May 21 

Saturday: 1:00pm Entrees and Sides Judging

Awards Presentation at 2:30

Sunday: 2:00pm Appetizers/Desserts/Drinks

Awards Presentation at 4:00pm


2023 Soul Food Judges
Nakia Wilson-Nelson, Miss Black Empowerment Director
Rita Jones-Rushing, Author and Screen Writer
James “Soul Man” Polk, owner Eat-A-Bite
Maria Parker, owner Oh My Goodness Take Out and Catering
Cassandra Matthews and Jennifer Brumfield

Contest Entry Fee

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