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38th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off: Professional Teams | Santa Cruz Boardwalk

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Sunday, February 24, 2019 - All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission; $10 Tasting Kits

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk | 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA


38th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off | Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Join the delicious festivities as amateur and professional chefs prepare their finest clam chowder recipes along the Boardwalk.

Teams compete in the friendly competition, hoping to win prizes and bragging rights for Best Clam Chowder in the country’s largest and longest-running clam chowder competition.

Awards will be given for Best Clam Chowder in each category, plus People’s Choice, Most Tasted, and Best Themed Booth. Awards include plaques, cash prizes, round-trip airfare courtesy of United Airlines, and bragging rights.

Amateur chefs will compete on Saturday, followed by professional chefs on Sunday. The competition features both Boston and Manhattan clam chowder categories.

38th Annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder
Saturday & Sunday, February 23 – 24, 2019 | 10 am to 4 pm
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz
FREE admission; $10 to sample 6 clam chowders

Tasting Kits are $10 each. Each Tasting Kit includes 6 taste tickets, a spoon, a cup, and a People’s Choice ballot. 100% of Tasting Kit sales benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 • Amateur Teams

  • 10 am – Tasting Kits go on sale
  • 10 am-11 am – Preparation period (no heat)
  • 11 am-1 pm – Cooking period
  • 1 pm – Public tasting begins
  • 4 pm – Amateur Division winners announced at the Neptune’s Stage (near Pirate Ship)

Sunday, February 24, 2019 • Professional Teams

  • 10 am – Tasting Kits go on sale
  • 10 am-11 am – Preparation period (no heat)
  • 11 am-1 pm – Cooking period
  • 1 pm – Public tasting begins
  • 4 pm – Professional Division winners announced at the Neptunes’ Stage (near Pirate Ship)

Event Details


Cost: FREE*
*Free admission; $10 Tasting Kits
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, Eating & Drinking, Fairs & Festivals, South Bay
Address: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA

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