PORTSMOUTH, NH - The 29th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival welcomes summer and fine weather back to the Seacoast on Saturday, June 1st. Prescott Park Arts Festival is proud to once again partner with Eco-Movement to make the popular food festival a zero-waste event. 100% of waste accrued by Chowder Fest is compostable, reusable, or biodegradable.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own spoons, or borrow one for a $1 deposit. The Festival will additionally provide biodegradable bowls and trash bags to support its initiative to ensure that the food festival has a low environmental impact.
New to Chowder Festival this year, the People's Choice winner for "Best Chowder" will bring home the coveted Golden Ladle Award, which is something similar to the Stanley Cup of Chowder Fest. The winning restaurant keeps the trophy to put on display wherever they see fit, and can boast the bragging rights of Best Chowder title all year long.
In addition to People’s Choice and Best Booth awards, restaurants will also be up for the title of Judge's Choice Award. This title will be determined by three local culinary masters. Prescott Park Arts Festival welcomes judges Susan Tuveson, chef and owner of Acorn Kitchen, a licensed, gourmet incubator kitchen for visiting chefs and temporary events in Kittery, ME. Kathy Gunst, is the author of 14 cookbooks, her most recent being “Notes From a Maine Kitchen.” She is also the Resident Chef of WBUR's award-winning show, "Here and Now." Stephanie Deihl, has been a chef in Boston and New York City, both in private homes and fine dining establishments. She is now a food writer in Portsmouth, NH.
Participating restaurants who will be competing for the Best Chowder title include Al's Seafood Restaurant, Billy's Chowder House, Bob's Clam Hut, Warren's Restaurant, RiRa Irish Pub, Robert's Maine Grill, Newick's Lobster House, Martingale Wharf, Rudder's Public House, Weathervane Restaurant, The Kitchen, The White Apron, The Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth Gas Light Co, and Zampa.
The festival will have live music courtesy of WOKQ, who will bring the Jandee Lee Porter Band to the FairPoint Communication MainStage. Little Bay Oyster Company will provide a Raw Bar and an Oyster Shucking Demonstration, and Rimrack Fish will be serving fresh scallop sliders to the crowd. Plus, there will be a Decorate Your Own Chef Hat station for kids and fun photo booth to be enjoyed by all. The event is part of the Live Free and Play weekend, which offers specials at local businesses and attractions throughout the entire weekend.
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.