Chowder Cook-Off Discounts Start Today!
It will offer “Ten Clams Off” its $25 day-of event ticket starting tomorrow, Friday, March 22 at noon through Wednesday, May 1st.
The 32nd Annual Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off, taking place on Saturday, June 1, at the Newport Yachting Center announced it will offer “Ten Clams Off” its $25 day-of event ticket starting Friday, March 22, at noon through Wednesday, May 1.
Last year, a well-known Portsmouth restaurant grabbed one of the top prizes! Will it happen again this year?
The discounted, $15 ticket to the original, largest and longest running chowder championships in the country also includes membership in limited quantities into the Chowdahead Club featuring the “Chowder Power Hour” where the ultimate “Chowda” fans can enjoy an early, all-access experience an hour prior to the event’s official noon start.
Once Chowderhead Club membership is filled to capacity, chowder enthusiasts can still take advantage of the $15 advance ticket price but admission will not include the early 11 a.m. access.
On Thursday, May 2, the discounted ticket price rises to $20 through Friday, May 31 with the Saturday, June 1 day-of event ticket costing $25. All tickets include complimentary admittance to the Newport Oyster Festival, a new element to the Great Chowder Cook-Off this year. Children are admitted free if under the age of 12 and accompanied by a paid adult. To purchase tickets, please visit newportwaterfrontevents.com or order by phone by calling 800-745-3000.
Chowdahead Club membership offers hardcore chowder fans the convenience of navigating the event before the crowds arrive by being granted exclusive access to the festival’s “Chowder Power Hour” at 11:00 a.m., one hour before the gates officially open from noon – 6:00 p.m. Chowder enthusiasts are invited to meet the chefs, greet participating team members and enjoy the first tastes all of the savory creations.
Also that day and evening, the new Newport Oyster Festival will only be a cherrystone’s throw away just outside the gates at the Newport Yachting Center. The best of local shellfish and seafood will be presented farmers’ market style by Matunuck Oyster Farm and paired with beer, wine, spirits and live music. The Festival will continue long into the evening making it a great after-party following the Great Chowder Cook-Off awards ceremony.
Open to local, regional and international chefs who work at restaurants, catering companies and institutional dining facilities, the spirited Great Chowder Cook-Off competition for bragging rights and nearly $15,000 in prizes and awards is a fun-filled day for the chowder creators as well as the tasters.
The event features all-you-can-eat "chowda" from the nation's best chefs who serve samples of their sumptuous creations to the thousands of chowder loving festival attendees who also act as judges. Chefs compete for the coveted titles of "Best Clam," "Best Seafood," and "Best Creative" chowder with prize money being awarded to the top three winners in each category, including $2,000 each for the first-place winners.
But it is not all about the “Chowda”. Back by popular demand, the “Clam Cake Chow-Down” eating contest, the Stop & Shop Culinary stage featuring culinary demonstration, multiple stages of live music and fun KidSTOPs will be taken place throughout .
After a close competition, last year's Great Chowder Cook-Off winners were "Best Clam" – Stefano’s Seafood Restaurant, Long Beach Island, NJ; "Best Seafood" – Melville Grille, Portsmouth, RI; and "Best Creative" - The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, Newport, RI.
For more information, please visit newportwaterfrontevents.com or contact the Newport Yachting Center at (401) 846-1600.
Information provided by the Newport Yachting Center