Annual Chowder Festival this Weekend

This Saturday, June 1, 2013, marks the 29th annual Chowder Festival at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Regarded as New England’s oldest and largest chowder tasting event, more than 4,000 people are expected to enjoy more than 500 gallons of chowder!

Chowder lovers can expect to find more than a dozen restaurants serving their piping hot concoctions while enjoying live music, voting, cooking demonstrations, and much more. Coveted titles like “Best Chowder” and “Best Booth” will be awarded to participating restaurants; the Jandee-Lee Porter Band will perform; and family activities will be available all day!

The event has become a New England staple and many restaurants use this as an opportunity to try new recipes before adding them to their menus. Past recipes have included  Smoked Scallop Chowder, Manhattan Chowder, Vegetarian Chowder, Corn Chowder,  and Spicy Seafood Chowder.

This year’s restaurants include:

  • Al’s Seafood Restaurant & Market
  • Billy’s Chowder House
  • Bob’s Clam Hut
  • Martingale Wharf
  • Newick’s Lobster House
  • Portsmouth Brewery
  • Portsmouth Gas Light Co.
  • RiRa Irish Pub
  • Robert’s Maine Grill
  • Rudder’s Public House
  • The White Apron
  • Warren’s Lobster House
  • Weathervane Seafood
  • Zampa

The event starts at 11:30 AM Saturday and goes until the chowder is gone. Admission costs $14 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under. Prescott Park Arts Festival Members are admitted for free. Visitors are also encouraged to bring their own spoons or borrow one for $1.

Prescott Park is located in Portsmouth, just one hour from Londonderry, NH. Free parking for festival events is offered on Pierce Island, just minutes from the park. For more information, visit the Prescott Park Arts Festival website.