PRESCOTT PARK ARTS FESTIVAL
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Green Chowder? Prescott Park Arts Festival turns popular Chowder Festival into a Zero Waste event.
Chowder bowls will complete a full cycle and ultimately return to the Prescott Park flowers as compost.
PORTSMOUTH, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival hasannounced this years' 26thAnnual WOKQ Chowder Festival will be both a green and zero waste event. Scheduled for Saturday, June 5, 2010, the Chowder Festival will feature over 20 restaurants from across the Seacoast, competing for the Best Chowder Award as determined by the attending public.
In order to ensure proper food safety standards, a new bowl is required for each sampling during the event. While prudent and necessary, the result is a lot of bowls heading to the landfill, especially considering 4,000 people attend sampling most of the 20 participating restaurants.
"Like any non-profit, our financial resources are limited and we were left with little choice but to use Styrofoam bowls for the past few years," described Ben Anderson, Executive Director, "While it's an exceptionally fun and great event, it ended with a mountain of trash and we've been determined to find a way to do it better."
During the off-season, Anderson heard of a local composting company, EcoMovement, that had started servicing area restaurants and made contact to explore the possibility of greening the Prescott Park food festivals. Through EcoMovement's connections, a supplier of compostable bowls was secured at a comparable price to that of previously used Styrofoam bowls.
EcoMovement was also secured to collect waste from the event, transporting it to a local composting facility where it would ultimately breakdown and return to the park flowerbeds as organic material.
"It's a perfect circle," describes Anderson, "Your bowl turns into material to help grow things like the flowers we all love in Prescott Park."
Additionally, the festival has invested in metallic spoons to replace previously distributed plastic spoons which will be carefully washed and reused for each food event. Attendees will be charged an additional $1 deposit upon entry which will be returned in full upon the return of their spoon at the end of the event.
"Considering this is the 26 year for the Chowder Festival, these spoons have the potential to be reused for a long time, reducing a considerable amount of waste from our landfill." said Anderson.
The Chowder Festival will kick off at 11:30am and run until the chowder is gone. The event will feature more than twenty restaurants including defending champion River House Restaurant, Bob's Clam Hut, Captain Hutch's Restaurant, Hagan's Grill, Jumpin' Jays Fish Café, Hebert Brothers Seafood, Madeleine's Café, Newick's Lobster House, Portside Seafoods, Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth Gas Light, RiRa Irish Pub, Robert's Maine Grill, Sander's Fish Market, Saunders at Rye Harbor, The Old Salt Restaurant, The York Harbor Inn, Fresh Local Bayside, and What a Crock.
The event will launch the Prescott Park Arts Festival which includes the signature musical presentation of Peter Pan as well as the popular River House Restaurant Concert Series featuring Judy Collins, Livingston Taylor and Richard Thompson.
The public has the opportunity to cast their vote for People's Choice Best Chowder, as well as a Judge's Choice conducted by Taste of the Seacoast Magazine, chef Duncan Boyd, and celebrity food critic Rachel Forrest.
Chowder lovers across the region have made this event a yearly tradition, and area restaurants take the opportunity to offer up their most prized chowder recipe, as well as using the occasion to test out new concoctions.
Admission is $10/adult, $5/youth, and free for Prescott Park members. Visit www.prescottpark.org for or call 603-436-2848 more information
Coinciding with the Chowder Festival is the Piscataqua Waterfront Festival, presented by Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden and The Gundalow Company, including free museum house and Gundalow tours, and sea shanties. Additionally, to celebrate 100 years, Historic New England will open all thirty-six of their historic sites for free.
Rain date is scheduled for Sunday June 6th 2010.