Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off

Clam Chowder Cook-Off

Saturday, February 23 - Sunday, February 24, 2019

Now a 2-Day Event - Rain or Shine!

Amateur chefs will compete on Saturday, followed by professional chefs on Sunday.

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!

Try Some Clam Chowder

The Boardwalk is admission 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.

Cook-Off Schedule

Saturday, February 23, 2019 • Amateur Teams

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

Sunday, February 24, 2019 • Professional Teams

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

The competition features four categories.

Competing Saturday

  • Amateur Boston
  • Amateur Manhattan

Competing Sunday

  • Professional Boston
  • Professional Manhattan

Team Rules & Info

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!

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 $90,000.00 was raised.)

Thank you to our Clam Chowder Cook-Off sponsors!

Berkely Farms
Dream Inn
Crystal Springs
The Hippo
Good Times


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