Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off

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Saturday June 7 2014


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The 33rd Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off
& The Newport Oyster Festival
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Event Hours: Noon – 6pm




General Admission Ticketswith 12pm entry
Spring Discounted Price: $15 through May 1st, courtesy of Stop & Shop
Advance Price: $20 (May 2nd-June 6th)
Day-Of Price: $25
Kids under 12 are free with an adult


Chowdahead Club TicketsSOLD OUT!

Featured on the Food Network and Travel Channel, the legendary Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off officially kicks off summer in Newport on Saturday, June 7,2014. The original and longest running chowder championship draws competitors and crowds from across the country. Attendees enjoy endless samples of traditional and exotic creations from dozens of restaurants and then vote for the best in three categories: Clam, Seafood and Creative. The winners walk away with overflowing prize pots and bragging rights for the year. Live entertainment, food and bar options, kids’ activities sweeten the deal for all festival-goers.

And returning again this year, the Newport Oyster Festival - see below for details!


The Newport Oyster Festival happens right alongside the Chowder Cook-Off on June 7th. The best of local shellfish and seafood are presented farmers’ market style, thanks to the Matunuck Oyster Farm, and paired with beer, spirits and live music. The festival continues into the evening, making it a great after-party following the Chowder awards ceremony and a popular area to explore during the event. Entry is free with your Chowder ticket! To attend the Newport Oyster Festival only (without a Chowder Cook-Off ticket), there’s just a $3 day-of admission price at the door.

Some highlights of this include:

  • Seven full hours of delicious beer & spirits paired with Matunuck Oyster Farm oysters! Event time is 12pm-7pm.
  • Raw Bar (Oysters, Clams and Shrimp Cocktail), Lobster Rolls, and Fried Oysters, Clams & Scallops
  • Full Bar with Beer, Wine, Cocktails & Champagne
  • Low-key live acoustic music
  • Bistro-style tables and seating
  • Educational presentations
  • Contests like Oyster & Beer Shucking and Oyster Slurping








The Clamcake Chow Down Returns

Chompers of all makes and models are invited to compete at this year’s colossal Clam Cake Chow Down. The crumbs will be flying in two fast and furious heats as the best clam cake consumers of the day race to conquer a half-dozen delightfully golden clam cakes the fastest, leading up to the Grand Finale center stage in the Courtyard at 5:45 p.m. Who will claim the crown as the 2014 Clam Cake Chow Down Champion? Come join the competition…and maybe it will be you!

For more information on how to participate click here.

Ultimate Chowdah Fan Recipe Contest
Presented by Rhody Fresh and New England Dairy

Calling all Chowder Lovers! It’s your chance to be the Ultimate Chowdah Fan and show us just how well your taste palate knows this classic New England fave. Enter this contest by submitting your tasty chowder recipe, starting May 1st on our Facebook page, click here. But the only requirement is that you have to use our secret ingredient: Rhody Fresh Milk. We will narrow down the submissions to the top 3 recipes, then, YOU, our Facebook fans will choose the Ultimate Chowder recipe winner! And Chef Tim will replicate the winner’s recipe on the Stop & Shop Culinary Stage LIVE at the Chowder Cook-Off on Saturday, June 7th.  Winner receives 2 tickets to the Chowder Cook-Off, bragging rights for one year to all friends and family members, and a Rhody Fresh gift basket. Winner to pick up items on the day of the event at the Box Office.
Additional Details:  Submissions being accepted from May 1 – May 23rd.   Top 3 Chowder Recipes to be posted on Tuesday, May 27th.  Facebook voting takes place Tuesday, May 27th through Monday, June 2nd.  Winner announced Tuesday, June 3rd.  Winners prize package includes 2 tickets to the Chowder Cook-Off event on June 7th and a Rhody Fresh gift basket to be picked up on the June 7th at the day of event in the Box Office. 

A Little Live Music With Your Chowder
 It may be “all about the chowda,” but what’s a summer day on the Newport waterfront without musical accompaniment? Soak up the sounds of live, island-vibe entertainers found on various stages throughout the day.  Our 2014 Entertainment Lineup is booking now.  Stay tuned for the release of musical talents and times soon.

And Just For The Littlenecks…
Swing by our kidSTOPS. Make sure mom and dad bring the littlenecks along to enjoy the day. Kids under age 12 are FREE with a paying adult and there is a lot to see and do…crafts, activities, and kids entertainment abound.

Stop & Shop Culinary Stage 
After you indulge in all the chowder you can eat, Stop & Shop invites you to join Chef Timothy as he cooks up recipes featuring favorite Stop & Shop products. There will be culinary demos from throughout the day, during which you can sample delicious recipes. So grab a seat and see what Stop & Shop has in store for you at the Stop & Shop Culinary Stage.



Take a break from enjoying chowder and see what Amica Insurance has to offer at the Amica Family Fun Area! There are always fun activities available, including a chance for budding young artists to decorate Amica’s “Under the Sea” mural, which will be displayed at the Providence Children’s Museum after the event. The whole family can also strike a pose in the photo booth. So stop by and enjoy some family fun with Amica!



Barefoot Beach

Barefoot Wines wants you to take a break from enjoying chowder and be sure to enjoy wine tastings, and more! Always remember to “Get Barefoot and have a Great Time!”







The Chowdahead Club – SOLD OUT!

The Chowdahead Club is an exclusive-access pass for our hardcore chowder fans.  Membership grants you access to the Chowder Power Hour, a one-hour preview event from 11am-12pm before the gates officially open to the public.  These members can navigate the event before the crowds arrive, meet the chefs, greet participating team members and get the very first tastes of the 2014 chowder creations. 2014 Chowdahead Club tickets are now sold out!


Do you have a knack for chowder-checking?
Do you know a secret chowder spot that serves up the most slammin’ soup in town?
Is it championship-caliber?

If so, you need to join our team of honorary Chowder-Spotters, now on the hunt for the nation’s best chowder restaurants to participate in the 2014 Polar Great Chowder Cook-Off!


We’re looking to you—the ultimate chowder fans—to dig deep within your communities for championship-quality chowder and yet-to-be crowned Chowder Champion Chefs.Help them out by “Spotting” them with our “You’ve Been Chowder-Spotted!” cards, containing all the info needed to start them on the path to the ultimate in Chowder Glory.

Contact us and let us know what makes you a qualified Chowder-Spotter, and we’ll get you set up with a supply of Chowder-Spotter cards to drop off at your favorite seafood restaurants, chowder stands, and other secret spots.

What’s in it for you?
If your selected restaurant competes at the Great Chowder Cook-Off this year, and you are the first to spot them, we’ll give you a $100 gift certificate to that restaurant!

Now let the Chowder-Spotting begin!


We have a few returning competitors who will be back to claim the throne! Be sure to check back soon to see more restaurants that will be participating in this year’s Chowder Cook-Off!


Pike Place Chowder
Seattle, WA

*Defending Champions!*stefanos-chowder

Stefano’s Seafood Restaurant
Long Beach Island, NJ


Melville Grille
Portsmouth, RI


Clifton Healthcare Campus
Somerset, MA


Luke’s Lobster / Hurricane’s Soup
Greene, ME & NYC


Mystic, CT


Westerly High School / Highland Grill
Westerly, RI

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Narragansett, RI

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Smoke House
Newport, RI


Do you have what it takes to be a chowder champion? Can your recipe stand up with the best-of-the-best chowders from across the country and beyond? Then come put it to the test at the Great Chowder Cook-Off, Saturday, June 7, 2014, and see if our thousands of attendees will vote yours as “The Best Chowder In The World” in one of three categories; Seafood, Clam or Creative.

To make it simple, here’s why we think you, your team and your chowder should join the ranks of competitors vying for such culinary prestige and honor:

  • It’s THE World Championship of Chowder.
    Imitated but not duplicated. Step up to the Big Leagues with the original and longest-running Chowder title competition!
  • The prize money has increased.
    We’ve doubled the Prize Pot, with $2,000 going to the First-Place Winners in each category. Over $13,000 in prizes are up for grabs!
  • We make it easy on you.
    Informed and experienced event managers will work with you, offering step-by-step support right through the competition— we take the questions and concerns out of it.
  • Your business will benefit.
    Extensive event marketing, local and regional exposure, increased sales, prestige. Get out of it what you put in—and more.
  • Expand your customer base.
    Introduce your business to thousands of new customers, all eager to try your chowder.
  • Winners come from all parts of the country.
    Here’s just a small sample of our past Champions:
  • Stefano’s Seafood   Long Beach Island, New Jersey
  • Tony’s Cedar Key Clam Chowder   Cedar Key, Florida
  • Captain Parker’s Pub   West Yarmouth, Massachusetts
  • Charlestown Street Café   Seattle, Washington
  • Michael’s Seafood   Carolina Beach, North Carolina
  • Davenport’s Bar & Grille   East Providence, Rhode Island
  • Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar   San Francisco, California

And don’t forget location, location, location! This ultimate chowder challenge traditionally kicks off the start of the ever-popular summer season and takes place on the bustling and dynamic waterfront in the heart of historic downtown Newport.

To get you started on the first steps toward Chowder Glory, we would like to share our 2014 Competitor’s Package with you, including our Event Background Info and Competitor Orientation Booklet containing answers to all your questions about the event. Please contact Mike Martin, Festival Director, for more information: (401) 846-1600 x210 or email us at greatchowdercookoff@newportyachtingcenter.com





Polar Seltzer, family made since 1882, is the official sponsor of the Great Chowder Cook-Off. Polar welcomes guests to sample our products while they enjoy the day in beautiful Newport.
Come sample delicious Stop & Shop‘s Own Brand products and watch cooking demonstrations at the Great Chowder Cook-Off!  Visit the Stop & Shop Culinary Stage and see Chef Tim create tasty and nutritious dishes. Be sure to stop by the Stop & Shop booth to sample our Own Brand products and kids can get their faces painted!  Food and family are the perfect recipe for fun!  Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. is proud to be the official grocery partner of the Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off.
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Take a break from enjoying chowder and see what Amica Insurance has to offer at the Amica Family Fun Area! There are always fun activities available, including a chance for budding young artists to decorate Amica’s “Under the Sea” mural, which will be displayed at the Providence Children’s Museum after the event. The whole family can also strike a pose in the photo booth. So stop by and enjoy some family fun with Amica!


On a hot summer day, there aren’t many beverages that quench your thirst quite like an ice cold beer or fresh squeezed lemonade. Amstel Bier combined both of these truths by creating Amstel Radler, a refreshing summer beverage packed with double refreshing taste. Create your own #totallyRADLER experience at the 2014 Great Chowder Cook-Off.

Barefoot Wine, official wine of the Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off, invites you to “Get Barefoot and have a Great Time.”

Deep Eddy Vodka, official vodka of the Great Chowder Cook-Off, invites you to dive in and try one of our refreshing American made vodkas handcrafted in small batches in Austin Texas with premium all natural ingredients. Please day drink responsibly.


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