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New England's Oldest and Largest Chowder Tasting Event


June 7, 2014
11:30 am 'til the chowder is gone
$14 Adults, $7 Youth (12 & under), Members - FREE!

The annual Chowder Festival offers some of the best Chowder the Seacoast has to offer.

Each year, more than 4,000 people help kick off the Prescott Park Arts Festival summer season by enjoying more than 500 gallons of piping hot chowder served up for tasting.

Be your own judge and vote for your favorite chowder from more than a dozen restaurants as they compete for the Best Chowder title.

This taste-testing event has become a New England staple for chowder lovers in the three-state region. Many restaurants use this event to try out new recipes before adding them to their menu, offering a great chance to sample the newest in Chowder fare in the area. Recipes in the past have included Smoked Scallop Chowder, Manhattan Chowder, Vegetarian Chowder, Corn Chowder, and Spicy Seafood Chowder.

Restaurants compete for your vote to be honored by being awarded Best Chowder, decided by the public. Other awards include Judge's Choice and Best Booth.


The Chowder Fest doesn't end with delicious New England fare. Houston Bernard will take to the Wilcox Industries Mainstage, courtesy of WOKQ. Drawing musical inspiration from his rockabilly roots, this artist is said to reveal a new maturity--and a new direction for both dance and country.




2014 Participating Restaurants

Roger's Redliner Diner

Newicks Lobster House

Portsmouth Gas Light Co.

Ri Ra Irish Pub

Portsmouth Brewery

Bob's Clam Hut

Billy's Chowder House

Martingale Wharf

British Beer Company

7th Settlement Brewery

Goat Island Oysters, bringing a raw oyster bar!