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Rides Closed Sunday Sep 18, 20222 Due to Rain.

Saturday & Sunday,

February 25 – 26, 2023

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!

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 admission is free! Just purchase a Tasting Kit to sample the clammy concoctions.

Tasting Kits are $12 and include 6 taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People’s Choice ballot.

Come Early! Supplies are limited.

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

People eating chowder

Enter a Team!

The competition features four categories.

Competing Saturday

  • Amateur Boston
  • Amateur Manhattan

Competing Sunday

  • Professional Boston
  • Professional Manhattan

Awards will be given for Best Clam Chowder in each category, plus People’s Choice, Most Tasted, and Best Theme.
Awards include plaques, cash prizes and bragging rights!

Enter a Team

Early Bird Registration Deadline: Fri., Feb. 3, 2023
Includes: 2 Rides Wristbands and 2 team T-shirts

Final Deadline: Fri., February 10, 2023

Team Rules & Info

For more information please contact Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation- Chowder Committee: (831) 420-5273.

Team cooking chowder and smiling

Cook-Off Schedule

Saturday, February 25, 2023 • 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 26, 2023 • 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)

Amateur Competition Results – Saturday, February 26, 2022

Best Boston

  1. Rocky Horror Clam Show, Jill Goodwin
  2. Yogi’s Island Ways, Joel Leonin
  3. Santa Cruz Clammunity Credit Union, Ed Cross

Best Manhattan

  1. DragonMama’s Portuguese Red, Michele Hartmangruber
  2. Santa Cruz Clammunity Credit Union, Ed Cross
  3. 4 Men & A Clam, Wayne Locke

People’s Choice Winners 

Boston
  • Rocky Horror Clam Show, Jill Goodwin

People’s Choice Winners 

Manhattan
  • 4 Men & A Clam, Wayne Locke

Most Tasted 

  1. 4 Men & A Clam, Wayne Locke
  2. Rocky Horror Clam Show, Jill Goodwin
  3. Silence of the Clams, Brian Edwards

Best Booth Theming 

  1. Silence of the Clams, Brian Edwards
  2. Muschel Men, Eric Forsberg
  3. 4 Men & A Clam, Wayne Locke

Professional Competition Results – Sunday, February 27, 2022

Best Boston 

  1. Clamdestine, Andrew Lott
  2. East Side Eatery, Derek Rupp
  3. Ideal Bar & Grill

Best Manhattan 

  1. Midgley’s Public House, Michael Midgley Jr.
  2. East Side Eatery, Derek Rupp

People’s Choice Winner (Professional)

Boston
  •  Ideal Bar & Grill

People’s Choice Winners (Professional)

Manhattan
  • East Side Eatery, Derek Rupp

Most Tasted

  1. Latin Asian Fusion Kitchen, Roddy Diaz
  2. Ideal Bar & Grill
  3. The Harbor Restaurant- Santa Barbara, Marcelo Valdez

Best Booth Theming 

  1. Jack O’Neill Restaurant & Lounge, Gus Trejo
  2. California Inspirations, Margie Galvan
  3. Coasties Clam Chowder, Kendra Garza

The Clam Chowder Cook-Off is an important fundraiser for the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department. Last year, more than $80,000.00 was raised! 

Thank You to our Clam Chowder Cook-Off Sponsors

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