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. 

June 6, 2015 - 11:30AM

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. 

 

This season, join us as we make waves and move Chowder Fest from the Park to the Fishing Pier on Peirce Island! This working waterfront is home to our fishing fleet, and will serve as the perfect setting to sample the finest chowder recipes from more than a dozen area restaurants. AND, we're proud to partner with Blue Point Brewing Company who will be on location to serve some of their finest craft brews (all from a custom bar they are currently constructing from a reclaimed boat - yes!) 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.

Want to participate this season? Fill out our Restaurant Order Form!

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
  • Ipswich Clambake
  • 7th Settlement Brewery
  • Goat Island Oysters, bringing a raw oyster bar!