Special Events

WOKQ's 31st Annual Blue Point Brewing Company Chowder Festival

New England's Oldest and Largest Chowder Tasting Event

This taste-testing event has become a New England staple for chowder lovers in the three-state region. 

Located across from Prescott Park at Strawbery Banke Museum's Puddle Dock


WOKQ's 31st Annual Blue Point Brewing Company Brewing 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.


$14 Adults, $7 Youth (12 & under), Members - FREE!

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.

Interested in signing up?  Click here!


Brianna Grace has a plan. Growing up in New England, she strays away from the expected with a love for country music brought upon by memories of riding in her Dad’s truck blasting George Strait and Alan Jackson. At the age of 5, she would sneak into storage just to pull out her Father’s old acoustic guitar, and by the age of nine performed in front of hundreds. With a work ethic, drive, and passion well beyond her years, she has accomplished performances for major organizations, as well as shows throughout multiple states and opening for artists such as Scotty McCreery and Jonathan Edwards. With appearances on Cat Country 98.1, WATD, and WCIB she is no stranger to radio. In March of 2013, she was invited to Nashville to perform at the Rally Rumble, where she was interviewed by WKRN-TV Nashville. Her stage presence, dedication, and friendly personality earned her the title of Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2014 Limelight Music Awards. She’s bringing a new edge to a classic style.



Participating Restaurants
  • Ri Ra Irish Pub
  • British Beer Company
  • 7th Settlement Brewery
  • Bob's Clam Hut
  • Two-Fifty Market
  • Portsmouth Brewery
  • The Portsmouth Gas Light
Also in Attendance:
  •  Ahi Tuna Ceviche tasting with local peppers, cilantro, and coconut lime broth prepared by Chef Paula DaSilva, famed Executive Chef at 3030 Ocean Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Thanks to Blue Point Brewing Co. for bringing her on board!
  • Empanada Truck compliments of Buen Sabor