It's a celebration of barbecue culture at the Pomona Fairplex. Tickets get you in the door; VIP gets you a meal too. But a lot of people are coming to this festival to learn, and the sessions cost $100 each: for that you'd get a cooking class with Neil Strawder, the proprietor of Big Mista's, or Sterling Smith, an award-winning pitmaster from Arizona. This is an official Kansas City Barbeque Society event, which means there's a competition — and winning is a big deal. There's a professional series and an amateur version, so if you make the best chicken and/or the best ribs in the neighborhood, consider gathering a crew and competing. Otherwise, just come to eat.