Prescott Park Arts Festival Announces 27th Annual Chowder Festival!

Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival Returns to Portsmouth on June 4th!


 PORTSMOUTH, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival presents the 27th annual WOKQ Chowder Festival, Saturday, June 4. Gates open at 11am, and chowder will be served until it is gone. The Chowder Festival is a way for Seacoast residents and tourists to sample traditional New England fare by local culinary talents.

Kicking off the summer season, visitors to beautiful Prescott Park make Chowder Festival a "go-to event." Every year, more than 4,000 people come out and taste over 20 varieties of chowder, casting their vote for Best Chowder. The Judge's choice will be conducted by Taste of the Seacoast Magazine, Chef Duncan Boyd, and celebrity food critic Rachel Forrest. Free for members, admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, with an additional $1 spoon deposit.


Participating in Chowder Festival this year are the River House, Newick's Lobster House, Robert's Maine Grill, Mombo Restaurant, Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café, Bob's Clam Hut, The Kitchen, Portsmouth Gas Light, and more. New this year, enjoy fresh shucked oysters from Little Bay Oyster Company on the Gundalow. Coinciding with the Chowder Festival is the Piscataqua Waterfront Festival, presented by Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden and The Gundalow Company. This includes free museum house and Gundalow tours. Additionally, Portsmouth Harbor Cruises will connect the Chowder Festival to the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden by providing free ferry transportation.

"Restaurants take this competition very seriously," says Ben Anderson, Executive Director of the Prescott Park Arts Festival. "The Seacoast is full of extraordinary restaurants and it's a great chance to enjoy some local chowder. It's always a great time choosing which one is your favorite."

Festival coordinator, Ellen Foord, says, "Our members and visitors are starting to enjoy some warm, sunny weather after a long winter. Chowder Fest starts off our entire season on a high note." Foord recalls, "Last year, we had torrential downpours and crashing thunderstorms at 7am, and the forecast was pretty grim, but by 10:30am we already had people lined up around the block, spoons in hand. It ended up being one of those spectacular summer days." Foord expects an equally enthusiastic beginning to 2011.

Since 1974, Prescott Park Arts Festival has successfully reached over 3.5 million people through more than 10,000 music, theater, dance, and art productions offered at no fixed admission. The 37th season will feature The Wizard of Oz as the festival's signature musical production, a variety of international artists as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series, and several music festivals.

Located on 3.5 acres on the banks of the Piscataqua River in downtown Portsmouth, Prescott Park Arts Festival is considered to be a gem of the Seacoast, introducing many residents to their first experiences with live performance. For the entire season schedule or to become a Member or Sponsor, please visit our website at or call 603-436-2848.


Rain Date is scheduled for Sunday, June 5.