Monday, May 15, 2017

Great Chowder Cook-Off 2017 Preview

As a native Rhode Islander, the Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off in Newport, RI has always been a staple to start summer on the right foot. This year will be the 36th year that competitors from throughout Rhode Island and beyond gather together to compete for the best clam chowder, the best seafood chowder, and this year for the first time the best red "Manhattan" chowder.

I shared a look at the 30th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off several years ago, and am looking forward to sharing my experiences at this year's festival in an upcoming post (so stay tuned for that!).

This year the festival features "chowdah" from past winners as well as many newbies from around the state (and out of state) including Brix at Newport Vineyards in Middletown, Chapel Grille in Cranston, Charlie O’s from Narragansett, Ocean Catch Seafood of Wakefield, Red Stripe in Providence and East Greenwich, and Revolving Door in Newport. We'll also be seeing some chowder from across the pond in Ireland! I can't wait to start tasting!

The 36th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off will take place on Saturday June 10th from noon to 6 pm at Fort Adam's State Park. Advance tickets to the Great Chowder Cook-Off are on sale for $20 through June 9th with day of tickets priced at $25. Children are admitted free if under the age of 12 and accompanied by a paid adult. You may purchase tickets at or order by phone by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745- 3000.


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