The 37th Annual Clam Chowder
Cook-Off & Festival

Saturday-Sunday, February 24-25, 2018

Now a 2-Day Event!   Rain or Shine!!

Join the delicious festivities as amateur and professional chefs prepare their finest clam chowder recipes along the Boardwalk.

Teams compete in the friendly competition, hoping to win prizes and bragging rights for BEST CLAM CHOWDER in the country's largest and longest-running clam chowder competition!

Try Some Clam Chowder

The Boardwalk is admission free! You may purchase tasting kits to sample the clammy concoctions.

Tasting Kits are $10 each.

Each Tasting Kit Includes 6 taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot.

100% of Tasting Kit sales benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

Cook-Off Schedule

Saturday, February 24, 2018 • Amateur Teams

  • 10am Tasting Kits go on sale
  • 10am-11am Preparation period (no heat)
  • 11am-1pm Cooking period
  • 1pm Public tasting begins
  • 4pm Amateur Division winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater

Sunday, February 25, 2018 • Professional Teams

  • 10am Tasting Kits go on sale
  • 10am-11am Preparation period (no heat)
  • 11am-1pm Cooking period
  • 1pm Public tasting begins
  • 4pm Professional Division winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater

The Competition

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 Most Original Booth. Awards include plaques, cash prizes, round-trip airfare courtesy of United Airlines, and bragging rights!

For more information please contact the Chowder Committee: (831) 420-5273.

Thank you for another spectacular amateur cook-off!
Don't miss the Professionals Sunday, Feb. 25!!


Day 1 - Saturday, February 24

Amateur Teams

Best Amateur Boston

1st - Clamalicious "Clams of Anarchy" – Roben Webb, Rio Linda
2nd - Spud Brothers - Tim Dellgard, Idaho
3rd - Thyme After Thyme – Robert Ballard

Best Amateur Manhattan

1st - Dragonmama's Portuguese Red - Michele Hartmangruber, Fremont
2nd - Clam Halen - Brad Bishop, Hollister
3rd - Church Chowder - Dorothy Morgan, San Jose

Best Theming Amateur Team

1st - Clam Rock - Christopher Hirz
2nd - Jolly Trading Company – Miles Jolly
3rd - Clam-Ba-Laya – Robert Ramey

Most Tasted Amateur

1st - 4 Men & a Clam - 4 Men & A Clam, Scotts Valley
2nd - Rosie's Clam and Get It - Robert Dixon, Soquel
3rd - Silence of the Clams - Brian Edwards, Campbell

People's Choice

Amateur Boston:

Clamalicious "Clams of Anarchy", Roben Webb, Rio Linda

Amateur Manhattan:

Wine with Swine "Jack's Rasta Clam Chowder" – Mark Brown, Fremont

Day 2 - Sunday, February 25

Professional Teams

Best Professional Boston

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Best Professional Manhattan

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Best Theming Professional Team

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Most Tasted Professional

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People's Choice

Professional Boston:


Professional Manhattan:


City of Santa Cruz Logo

The Cook Off is an important fund-raiser for the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department. (Last year more than $90,000.00 was raised.)

Thank you to our Clam Chowder Cook-Off sponsors!

Berkely Farms
Dream Inn
Crystal Springs
The Hippo
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