& The Newport Oyster Festival
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Event Hours: Noon – 6pm
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
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 on this event). It is only a cherrystone’s throw away outside the gates at the Newport Yachting Center on America’s Cup Avenue. The best of local shellfish and seafood are presented farmers’ market style, thanks to our friends at Matunuck Oyster Farm, and paired with beer, wine, spirits and live music. The festival continues into the evening and entry is free with your Chowder ticket, making it a great after-party following the Cook-Off Awards Ceremony and a new space to explore during the event. If you want to check it but do not have a Chowder Cook-Off ticket to get you in, it is only $5 day-of. The Newport Oyster Festival starts at noon and goes through 8pm.
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 new space to explore during the event. Entry is free with your Chowder ticket and is only $5 day-of admission to the Newport Oyster Festival only. The Newport Oyster Festival starts at noon and goes through 8pm.
Some highlights of this include:
- 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 all day & night
- Bistro-style tables and seating
- Educational presentations
- Contests like Oyster & Beer Shucking and Oyster Slurping
NEWPORT OYSTER FESTIVAL PARTNERS
The Chowdahead Club
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. Limited quantities are available and it always sells out early!
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.
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 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!”
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!
Be sure to check back soon to see who will be participating in this year’s Chowder Cook-Off!
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 1st, 2013, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU TO OUR 2014
CHOWDER COOK-OFF SPONSORS