Prescott Park Arts Festival's 29th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival on June 1st
Portsmouth, NH – On Saturday June 1st, Prescott Park Arts Festival will host their widely anticipated summer kick-off event: the 29th Annual WOKQ Chowder Fest. The Festival will open their gates to the thousands who flock to Prescott Park from near and far for the all-you-can-eat chowder tasting competition. This year, at least 15 local restaurants will be participating in the event to see who will walk home boasting the Best Chowder title. The event will host a Raw Bar from Little Bay Oyster Company, Oyster Shucking Competition, and Cooking Demonstration by the Yankee Chef.
Chowder lovers will enjoy piping hot chowder from Al’s Seafood Restaurant, Bob’s Clam Hut, Billy’s Chowder House, Captain Hutch’s Restaurant, Newick’s Lobster House, Old Salt Restaurant, Portsmouth Gaslight Co, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Robert’s Maine Grill, Rudder’s Public House, The Martingale Wharf, The Portsmouth Brewery, and Zampa. The Raw Bar will be provided by Little Bay Oyster Company.
“This is one of our favorite events to put on, because it truly brings the community together around something that everyone enjoys,” says Executive Director, Ben Anderson. “We’re thrilled that this has become a favorite annual tradition to kick off the summer on the Seacoast… which coincidentally happens to be our favorite season here at the Festival.”
Chowder Fest is destined to be bigger and better than ever this year, with the addition of the Live Free and Play weekend offering great specials in restaurants and businesses along the Seacoast, and even more fun family activities featured at Prescott Park.The high-energy modern country group, the Jandee-Lee Porter Band will be on the FairPoint Communications MainStage, providing toe-tapping live music courtesy of WOKQ. There will be a Decorate You Own Chef Hat station for kids, plus a photo booth for all to enjoy. Joining Chowder Fest this year will be the Yankee Chef, Jim Bailey, who will demonstrate how to cook up a hearty batch of clam chowder. For those with true New England seafood skills, there will be an Oyster Shucking Competition, as well.
New this year, the people will vote on which restaurant deserves the newly established Golden Ladle Award. Considered to be something like the Stanley Cup of Chowder Fest, this award will be given to the restaurant that YOU vote is your favorite. It will be theirs to keep for the year, to be put on display wherever they feel best fit. The Judge’s Choice award for best chowder will receive free advertising with their choice of WOKQ, Taste of the Seacoast Magazine, or The Wire.
The Chowder Fest starts at 11:30am and will continue until the chowder is gone. The event is free for Prescott Park Arts Festival members, $14 for non-member adults, and $7 for children age 12 and under. Bring your own spoon or borrow a spoon from the Festival for a $1 deposit.
Prescott Park Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Seacoast’s premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music -- no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting.