Prescott Park Arts Festival's Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival Goes Green!

PORTSMOUTH, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival will go green this Saturday at the 27th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival. One-hundred percent waste-free, the event allows residents and tourists to support its initiative for low-environmental-impact gathering while sampling traditional New England fare. Rian Bedard of EcoMovement Consulting and Handling in Portsmouth will provide biodegradable bowls and trash bags, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own spoons.  


Kicking off the Arts Festival's summer season, visitors to beautiful Prescott Park make Chowder Fest 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.


The Chowder Festival's 0% waste goal was new to the event last year. When community members learned of the new policy, many showed up with their own spoons. Festival coordinator, Liz Plourde, says, "Chowder Fest sets a great example that positive environmental practices can only enhance community events."  


Participating in Chowder Festival 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.


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 its signature musical production, a variety of international artists as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series, and several music and food 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. For the entire season schedule or to become a Member or Sponsor, please visit or call 603-436-2848.