34th Annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder
Cook-Off & Festival
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
Join the festivities as costumed chefs prepare their finest clam chowder recipes outdoors along the Boardwalk to the delight of spectators eager to sample their favorites.
Both amateur and professional chefs from all over Northern California compete in the friendly competition, hoping to win prizes and bragging rights for BEST CLAM CHOWDER!
- 10:00am Tasting Kits go on sale
- 10:00am-11:00am Preparation period (no heat)
- 11:00am-1:00pm Cooking period
- 1:00pm Public tasting begins
- 4:00pm Winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater
Try Some Clam Chowder
Boardwalk admission is free! You may purchase tasting kits to sample the clammy concoctions.
Tasting Kits are $9 each.
Each Tasting Kit Includes 5 taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot.
100% of Tasting Kit sales benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.
Enter a Team
The competition features four categories:
- Amateur Boston
- Amateur Manhattan
- Professional Boston
- Professional Manhattan
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!
Deadline to enter is February 9, 2015
For more information please contact the Chowder Committee: 831-420-5273.
The Cook Off is an important fund-raiser for the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department.
(Last year more than $62,000.00 was raised.)