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Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 11:30 am

35th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival

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

Want to buy a table, reserve a blanket or order an Ohana Bowl? Make your selections below:

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 season pass holders each year! Get your season passes 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.

2019 Participating Restaurants:


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

Winners of the 34th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival:

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

Does your restaurant want to compete in the 35th WOKQ Chowder Festival in 2019?

For more information, contact Stanley Goodrow at stephen@prescottpark.org.