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The 36th Annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off & Festival

The 36th Annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off & Festival

Over the weekend, we attended The 36th Annual Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Clam Chowder Cook-Off & Festival and had a blast! There were many costumed chefs preparing their finest clam chowder recipes outdoors along the Boardwalk for spectators to sample.

Both amateur and professional chefs competed in the friendly competition, hoping to win prizes and bragging rights for THE BEST CLAM CHOWDER in the country's largest and longest-running clam chowder competition! Since we attended Saturday, we only got to taste the clam chowders from amateur chefs (which were SO awesome!).

The Boardwalk admission was free! We purchased tasting kits to sample the clammy concoctions. Tasting Kits were $10 each. Each Tasting Kit included 6 taste tickets, spoon, cup and a People's Choice ballot.

Cook-Off Schedule

Saturday, February 25, 2017

  • 10:00am Tasting Kits go on sale

  • 10:00am-11:00am Preparation period (no heat)

  • 11:00am-1:00pm Cooking period

  • 1:00pm Public tasting begins

  • 4:00pm Amateur Division winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater

Sunday, February 26, 2017 • Professional Teams

  • 10:00am Tasting Kits go on sale

  • 10:00am-11:00am Preparation period (no heat)

  • 11:00am-1:00pm Cooking period

  • 1:00pm Public tasting begins

  • 4:00pm Professional Division winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater

Cuisine: Seafood
Price Range: $10.00
Ambience: Casual
Highlight: Our favorites were Pete's Clamtastic, Yosemite Clam and 4 Men And A Clam! ❤

Festival: Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off
Address: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Website: https://beachboardwalk.com/Clam-Chowder-Cook-Off
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/santa-cruz-clam-chowder-cook-off-santa-cruz

Rack Of Clams by Tom Mietz

Rack Of Clams by Tom Mietz

Yosemite Clam by Chris Cox

Yosemite Clam by Chris Cox

Keep Calm And Chowder On by Ian Fiddes

Keep Calm And Chowder On by Ian Fiddes

Pete's Clamtastic by Peter Waligora

Pete's Clamtastic by Peter Waligora

4 Men And A Clam by Wayne Locke

4 Men And A Clam by Wayne Locke

Mixt Greens in Downtown San Francisco

Mixt Greens in Downtown San Francisco

Tender Greens in Downtown San Francisco

Tender Greens in Downtown San Francisco

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