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Clam Chowder Cook Off Team Registration Now Open!

Cook Off Saturday Feb 23 AND Sunday Feb 24

Post Date:11/01/2018 9:30 AM

Clam Chowder Cook Off 2019 logo Silence of the Clams 

Calling all chowder chefs! Enter a team in the 38th annual Clam Chowder Cook Off, the largest and longest-running Clam Chowder Cook Off in the country. The Cook Off takes place Saturday, Feb 23 and Sunday, Feb 24 at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 

The competition features four categories.

Competing Saturday

  • Amateur Boston
  • Amateur Manhattan

Competing Sunday

  • Professional Boston
  • Professional Manhattan

Awards will be given for Best Clam Chowder in each category, plus People's Choice, Most Tasted, and Best Themed Booth. Awards include plaques, cash prizes, round-trip airfare courtesy of United Airlines, and bragging rights!

Cook Off Guidelines. Learn more or enter a team at www.cityofsantacruz.com/chowder. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation events at (831) 420-5273.

The benefits are many:

  • Giant exposure on event day. This is the largest and longest-running Clam Chowder Cook Off in the US, with thousands in attendance.  Get your name in front of potential customers, hand out cards, and collect emails!
  • Winners are listed in the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Summer Activity Guide distributed to over 43,000 Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley residents
  • Winners are posted on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk event page for the entire year.
  • Winners are posted on the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation event page post event
  • Winners are announced on City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Facebook (over 6,000 followers) and Instagram
  • Did We Mention Cash Prizes?
    • $250 for 1st place Best Boston and Best Manhattan
    • $250, $150, $100 for Most Tasted
    • $250 for Best Theming – get creative!
    • $250 for People’s Choice, both Boston and Manhattan
    • $250 for Professional Drawing winner – random drawing with all professional winners
    • Chance to win 2 round-trip United Airlines tickets – random drawing with all professional winners

Thank you to event sponsors United Airlines; Crystal Springs, Berkeley Farms, Xfinity, KPIG, KWAV, BOBFM, KCDU, The Hippo, Santa Cruz Waves, Good Times and Dream Inn.

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