Chowder Champions To Be Announced at Oct 15 Fest
The event will recognize the upcoming 10th anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, and raise attention to coastal
resiliency and award Chowder trail Champions.
We would like to thank all of the Traveling tasters that visited and voted for the restaurants on the Chowder trail all September long. Traveling Tasters had until Sept 30 to vote for their favorites in the red, white, and creative categories. Competing Restaurants include: RED SOUP CATEGORY Country Kettle Chowda, Daddy O Restaurant & Bar, Dockside Diner WHITE SOUP CATEGORY Country Kettle Chowda, Russo’s Italian Restaurant, The Chicken or the Egg and Tuckers Tavern. CREATIVE SOUP CATEGORY features
Country Kettle Chowda, Delaware Avenue Oyster House, LaBamba Express, and The Old Causeway.
Some of the states that brought Tasters directly to restaurants were New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New
York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Maryland, and Delaware.
Checking from 11 am to 9 pm with heaviest traffic 5-8 pm, with each day showing visits, Saturday outpaced
the other days of the week. With over 1000 check-ins overall, each restaurant saw dozens of new customers
specifically for the chowder trail.
The winners will be announced Saturday, October 15 during the free Chowderfest happening at Taylor
Avenue Waterfront in Beach Haven from 10 am to 7 pm. For the first time in the event’s 34 year history, the
organizers were able to move it to a new weekend instead of canceling it due to storm conditions. The
infrastructure of an event such as Chowderfest continues to move towards a more resilient model. By
implementing changes such as eliminating ticket sales and minimizing stress on burdened small
businesses, we are hopeful to continue this tradition moving forward with partners and regional support.
With the weather, health, and security risks all added to the planning of a large-scale event, all details must be
taken into consideration. Chowderfest Weekend included two separate events the free Merchant Mart
on Saturday and the ticketed Chowder Cook-Off Classic on Sunday. Chowderfest has now been
coordinated into a one-day event.
Chowderfest is celebrating its 34th year! Chowderfest is a fundraiser that has been organized by the
Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce since 1989 to provide funding for out-of-area marketing,
ongoing business/nonprofit support programming, and scholarships. It is planned and managed by
volunteers of the business community through the Chamber Board and Chowderfest Committee. This event
has never been produced as a for-profit venture and operates to positively promote the region by bringing
off-season dollars to expand our local economy. Spanning over three decades, the festival continues to
evolve to keep the mission of reaching new audiences, raising awareness of Long Beach Island, and
bringing people together for the unofficial end of summer. To find out more visit www.chowderfest.com
The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our event Sponsors: Health Village Imaging, Barlow Buick GMC, Richie & Page, Michelob Ultra, The Bywatyr Shop, 609 Security, Reynolds Garden Shop, NJ Division of Travel & Tourism, Ocean County Board of Commissioners, AtlantiCare, Anderson Insurance Agency, Potts Excavating and The Sandpaper.