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37th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off: Professional Teams | Santa Cruz Boardwalk

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Sunday, February 25, 2018 - All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission; $10 Tasting Kits

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


37th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off | Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Join the delicious festivities as amateur and professional chefs prepare their finest clam chowder recipes in the country’s largest and longest-running clam chowder competition.

Every year, talented chefs from throughout the West Coast compete for the glory of the Best Clam Chowder on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. In 2018, the competition is now a two-day event. You’ll get to option to taste competitor’s chowders from both Manhattan and Boston style chowders.

More than just a culinary competition, the fun event has featured participants dressed as scuba divers, mermaids, and even a Clam Superhero.

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

37th Annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder
Saturday & Sunday, February 24 – 25, 2018 | 10 am to 4 pm
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz
FREE admission; $10 to sample five 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 24, 2018 • Amateur Teams

  • 10 am: Tasting Kits go on sale
  • 10-11 am: Preparation period (no heat)
  • 11 am-1 pm: Cooking period
  • 1 pm: Public tasting begins
  • 4 pm: Amateur Division winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater

Sunday, February 25, 2018 • Professional Teams

  • 10 am: Tasting Kits go on sale
  • 10-11 am: Preparation period (no heat)
  • 11 am-1 pm: Cooking period
  • 1 pm: Public tasting begins
  • 4 pm” Professional Division winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater

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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