Past Events

34th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival

One of New England's Oldest and Largest Chowder Tasting Event

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

Congratulations to our winners!

People's Choice:
1st Place - The River House Restaurant
2nd Place - 250 Market
3rd  Place - Portsmouth Brewery

Judge's Choice:
1st Place - Martingale Wharf
2nd Place - 250 Market
3rd Place - The River House Restaurant




On the first Saturday of June every year, the Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival kicks off our summer season here at Prescott Park Arts Festival. A staple of summer in Portsmouth, NH with dozens of restaurants worth of piping hot chowder recipes to enjoy, live music and refreshing drinks. This event is always an incredibly great time from 11:30 am until the chowder runs out!

This event is FREE for members each year! Get your membership HERE

This taste-testing affair has become a New England institution for chowder lovers in the tri-state region. An impeccable roster of amazing restaurants throughout the seacoast join us to introduce their mouthwatering chowder recipes to compete for the Best Chowder title and to take home the Golden Ladle!  Recipes in the past have included Smoked Scallop Chowder, Manhattan Chowder, Vegetarian Chowder, Corn Chowder and Spicy Seafood Chowder. 

2018 Participating Restaurants:

The River House

Ri Ra

Two-Fifty Market

British Beer Company


Redhook Brewery Pub

The Pointe

110 Grill

The Portsmouth Brewery

Martingale Wharf


Virgin Oyster Company

Music is provided courtesy of  WOKQ.  With fantastic country entertainment gracing the Wilcox Industries Main Stage all day long!

Winners of the 33rd Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival:

 People's Choice

1st Place: The River House Restaurant ( Golden Ladle Winner)

2nd Place: Two-Fifty Market

3rd Place:  Gas Light


People's Choice Best Booth: The River House


Judge's Choice

1st Place: The River House

2nd Place: Two-Fifty Market

3rd: Ri Ra

Does your restaurant want to compete in the 34th WOKQ Chowder Festival in 2018? 

For more information, contact Angela Greene at