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The 35th Annual Clam Chowder
Cook Off & Festival

Saturday, February 20, 2016

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!


Cook-Off Schedule

  • 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 $10 each.

Each Tasting Kit Includes 6 taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot.

100% of Tasting Kit sales benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

Team Competition


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!


For more information please contact the Chowder Committee: (831)420-5273.

City of Santa Cruz Logo


The Cook Off is an important fund-raiser for the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department.

(Last year more than $60,000.00 was raised.)

Thank you to our Clam Chowder Cook-Off sponsors!

United Airlines Berkely Farms Xfinity Dream Inn
Crystal Springs KPIG KWAV BOBFM
KCDU The Hippo Good Times SantaCruzWaves.com