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What to expect Chowderfest Weekend? Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has prepared an insider guide to all that is happening on the Chowderfest Grounds located behind Bay Village at Taylor Avenue and 9th Streets in Beach Haven October 5 & 6 2019


Merchant Mart held on Saturday, October 5 from 10am to 5pm FREE EVENT
Your epic festival weekend kicks off on Saturday, Oct 5 with a free Merchant Marketplace. Dozens of chamber members will be offering end-of-season bargains, local specialties and gourmet food. Live music from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring a popular line up of local bands. Free children’s entertainment will include hands on crafts from The Learning Experience with kid friendly activities.  Face Painting by Sprinkles the Clown , Suzy Batullo & Sarah Cannovo, 5 Minute Caricatures by James Ditmars and Chowdasaurus Dinosaur sightings will occur from 12-1pm & 2-3pm.  Volunteer responders Barnegat Light EMS and Great Bay EMS will have activities at their booths; be sure to look for the dunk tank!  The chamber has provided an anniversary play area for older teens and adults that will include Cornhole and Jenga. For the adults, a select variety beers on tap and hard ciders are available, including Bud Light, Landshark Lager, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Spaten Oktoberfest, Goose Island IPA, Stella Cidre, Strongbow and McKenzie Black Cherry. First ever wine by the glass and spritzers will be provided by Barefoot Wines. The musical line up for Saturday begins with Garage Kept, 40 North and closing with the Jimmy Brogan Band performing. Come meet some of our local First Responders with Stafford Volunteer Fire Company escorting “Sparky” the Fire Dog from 10am to noon, throughout Saturday visit with Barnegat Light First Aid Squad offering Sidewalk CPR lessons, Read to Me EMT and other activities and take your shot at the Great Bay EMS Dunk Tank.

See our Merchant list here

Cook Off Classic Sunday, October 6 – Ticket Event VIP entry 10am

General Admission 11am
The Annual Chowder Cook-Off Classic is happening Sunday, October 6 at 11 a.m. as favorite restaurants face off for the tastiest chowder. All ticket holders can sample and place votes for the best red, white and creative chowders, with VIPs getting early access to the chowder tents to taste and view competitors’ decorative booths at 10 a.m.

New England or White chowder competitors Kubel’s Too, Chicken or the Egg,  Hotel LBI,  Ocean County College Hospitality Program and Bread & Brine an invitational competitor from Hastings on the Hudson NY.

Manhattan or Red competitors include Lefty’s Tavern, Mainland Kitchen & Pub , CLUCK N CRABS,  Shore Fire Grille, Bistro 14 and Black Whale.

Creative Category which is seafood inspired offerings include: Country Kettle Chowda,  La Bamba, , The Woo Hoo, Parker’s Garage, and  Cuisine on the Green . VIPs also receive access to Bud Lite Big Screen Bar with dedicated food and beverage service. Children’s activities with Home Depot who will be presenting a free Kids workshop, Face Painting by Sprinkles the Clown , Suzy Batullo & Sarah Cannovo, 5 Minute Caricatures by James Ditmars throughout out the day. Digital Photo Booth provided by Island Party Station. Chowdasaurus sightings from 12-1pm and 2-3pm crowd pleasing live music featuring Ted Hammock and Jason Booth, The Pickles and The Impulsives. Winners will be announced at closing ceremonies, which are scheduled for 4 p.m with Beasley Media Radio Host Dan Turi.

Tickets for Sunday’s Cook off
Sunday’s Cook off Classic is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased at or by contacting the Southern Ocean County Chamber at 609-494-7211, 265 W 9th St Ship Bottom or emailing Toddlers under the age of three get free admission. Tickets for the Cook-Off cost: Children to age 4 to 12 – $10, General Admission – $30, VIP – $65 VIPs get early access to the Chowder Cook-Off Classic and an official 2019 Taster T Shirt.


Chowderfest Caddy Contest held on Sunday Oct 6
What is a Chowder Caddy? A unique design that best fits the personality of a devoted Chowderfest Taster, and can hold multiple 2 oz soufflé sample cups obtained from visiting the competition tents.
1. Stop by Chowderfest Press/Media Tent (at South Gate) between 9am to 1 pm
2. Sign entry form and consent for photo to appear on Southern Ocean Chamber social pages
3. Photo will be taken with caddy, posted on Chowderfest page during event
4. At 2 o clock the winner will be decided and contacted before closing ceremony
5. Challengers can be group or individual entries, if under 18 parent needs to fill out form
6. The winner will be based on highest score rated by criteria of style, function and creativity that best represented Chowderfest Spirit
7. Prize awarded Four pack of Chowderfest 2020 ticket gift certificate and Chowdergear
8. No purchase necessary to enter, contest runs October 6 2019
Please note: Caddies can be made handmade or modified from a store brought item. All entries must comply with safety protocol in relation to the event.

Free Sunday Shuttle information
Parking at Chowderfest is always free, and there is plenty of options to help get you to and from the festival grounds. On Sunday October 6, you can take the free Chowder Shuttle and park along three pick up stops located at 42nd Street (near St Francis/Daddy O), 68th Street in Long Beach Township and 95th Street (by Acme) with a direct run to Chowderfest fun!

Chowderfest Express Weekend Water Ferry Service
On Saturday and Sunday the Beach Haven/Tuckerton Seaport Ferry powered by the Southern Ocean County Chamber is running free of charge. Chowderfest Express departing from Tuckerton at 8am, 11am, 2pm, and 5pm (last return trip to Beach Haven) leaving from Beach Haven at 9:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30 (last return trip to Tuckerton). Stand by riders are no cost, Reservations are available for a $5 per trip donation to Tuckerton Seaport on LBI Ferry website.

Credit Cards Now Accepted for Food & Beverage
New technology is being introduced throughout the Chowderfest grounds! In addition to on site ATM, Chowdawear, food and beverage sales will now include credit card purchases.

Thank you to 2019 Sponsors
Presenting Sponsors: Sysco, Barefoot Wines, The Sandpaper/Beachcomber, Bud Light, Ritchie & Page, Westminster Bakers Co. VIP Sponsor Barlow GMC, Stage Sponsor Manahawkin Kia, DiFeo’s Jeep Chrysler Ram Dodge, Voting Tent Sponsor: AtlantiCare, North & South Gate Sponsor Fantasy Island Amusement Park and The Wireless Experience,  Now Serving Sponsor Hackensack Merdian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center/Health Village Imaging, and Supporting Sponsors Atlantic States Group, Panzone’s, G Anderson Agency, Anderson Insurance Agency, Ocean County Board of Freeholders and NJ Division of Travel and Tourism. Broadcast sponsor The Beasley Media Group and additional support provided by Potts Excavating Inc, Sally’s Seafood, the Borough of Beach Haven, Southwick’s Marina, Beach Haven Police, Fire & First Aid Squad, Thundering Surf , Buccaneer Motel and Murphy’s Market. Special thanks to the all of our business and community volunteers!

Now Serving Cooking Demo
The Now Serving Demos will feature the Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center‘s new teaching kitchen, a portable unit for the chef to go into the community demonstrating healthy and diet restricted recipes to all ages. There will be two sessions of the cooking demos held on the festival grounds at 1230 and 230pm. They will sharing cooking tips and the recipe for their Man-Hackensack Meridian Chowder and offering small samples for those taking part in the demo. These samples will not be full size chowder tasting, and will not be a contestant so not eligible for vote. The Hackensack Meridian volunteers will be manning the tent throughout the day from 11am to 4pm distributing literature with giveaways from Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center and Health Village Imaging.

Chowder for A Cause
Chowderfest Weekend is a major time for fundraising for ReClam The Bay. This non profit organization has partnered with Southern Ocean Chamber for almost a decade holding their annual Kayak raffle as well as selling chowder pallets during the festival. This provides the majority of operating funds as the group raises awareness for the health of our bay, while repopulating the shellfish to keep it clean for future generations. Tips collected for beer, cider and wine servers are donated to Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean. For over 30 years, Southern Ocean Chamber dedicates net proceeds for local projects, business programs and out of area tourism promotion.

For everyone’s comfort and safety:
Blankets on the field are not permitted
Lawn chairs in paved areas only.
Smoke free event

Single/Umbrella strollers will be allowed into the festival but must stay on PAVED AREA. Wagons and Double Strollers must be parked at our secured gate area. Patrons will receive a ticket for retrieval. All strollers are subject to security check.

No pets allowed by order of the Board of Health

Around the Region
Make the most of your weekend!
Friday night October 4 the LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences host their Shellfish Soiree fundraiser at 120 Long Beach Blvd., Loveladies. Tickets are available by contacting them directly at
Saturday Night, October 5 plan for a full fireworks Spectacular at Fantasy Island beginning at 9pm.
Tickets available for performances at Surflight presents Baskerville – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.
For those over 21 years of age, find out more about Surf and Sip Brew Trail at and for families looking to explore LBI, find information on the Passport to LBI. Looking for lodging and other information? Go to