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Saturday, June 3, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm


Presented by Avery Insurance




Chowder Festival remains a FREE event for Festival season pass holders, but NEW THIS YEAR, tickets in advance are required for everyone who will be sampling chowder. See below for ticket details. 

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It’s BACK!

The 97.5 WOKQ Chowder Festival Summer Kick-off, presented by Avery Insurance, returns to Prescott Park Arts Festival for its 36th year! Held on the first Saturday of June, this staple of summer in Portsmouth, NH offers even more this year as it adds to the festivities for the Portsmouth NH 400 Grand Parade. Join in the fun of the Chowder Festival with some of your favorite local restaurants serving-up mouthwatering chowder in Prescott Park. Check out the complimentary live music, kid-friendly activities, and grab an ice cream from the Prop!

This community event is always a great time from 11:30 am until the chowder runs out. Get your Chowder Festival tickets now. The Summer Kick-Off side of the park is free and open to all. 

Chowder Festival Tickets are $20 per person and FREE for season pass holders, but you must reserve tickets! Get your season passes now for a fun-filled summer with the Arts Festival.  Already a pass holder and want to reserve your tickets for Chowder Fest? Just email us for your unique code! Events@PrescottPark.org










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 delicious 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. We can’t wait to see what they come up with this year! 

Chowder not your thing or just want to hang out after? We have plenty of space for you to enjoy family friendly fun in the park. Best part – the Park is always free and open to all. We are planning lots of fun like a tie-dying station; giant lawn games like connect four, corn hole, and jenga; face painting; and Sages Entertainment will be there with bubbles and exciting entertainment for the kids. We will also offer complimentary live music featuring local talent  and a fun raffle with some incredible prizes. People can grab delicious favorites like ice cream, fresh squeezed lemonade, hush puppies, and more from The Prop, the onsite kitchen and concessions stand. 


Get Tickets to the Chowder Festival



Restaurants participating in Chowder Festival:

250 Market, Buoy Shack, Fire & Spice Bistro, Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish CafeMartingale Wharf, New England Fishmongers, River House Restaurant,The Portsmouth Brewery, The Press Room, The Wilder, The York River Landing, and Tour.

Plus Virgin Oyster Company will be there with delicious oysters! 



Who will win the Golden Ladle this year?

Judges for Judges’ Choice: 

Portsmouth Mayor,  Deaglan McEachern; Portsmouth City Manager, Karen Conard; Portsmouth Detective, Rochelle Jones;  Fletcher Sokul of Avery Insurance; Logan Sherwood of Kira & Logan in the Morning on 97.5 WOKQ; and well-known NH Chef, Bobby “the butcher” Marcotte of Tuckaway Tavern and two-time Guy’s Grocery Games Champion. 





Happy as a Clam Raffle

That’s right! We also have a fun raffle to enter with lots of fantastic prizes. Check them out! Who knows, you could win and be happy as a clam. 

Tickets are only: $5 = 1 Ticket, $10 = 3 Tickets, $20 = an Arm’s length



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