You don't have to travel far to find a cup of life-changing clam chowder in the City by the Sea. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find a menu without a steaming bowl of the creamy delicacy chock full of fresh-from-the-ocean clams. But what's even better than a bowl of clam chowder is multiple bowls of clam chowder right at your fingertips. Keep 'em coming!

The 36th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off returns with endless samples of both traditional and reinvented clam chowder creations. More than 20 international and regional competitors compete to craft the best chowder while you sample to find your favorite.

The original and longest running event of its kind in the nation, the Great Chowder Cook-Off welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors from near and far every summer.


2017 Confirmed Chowder Cook-Off Competitors (check back for updates):

  • Ocean Catch Seafood Market
  • Chapel Grille
  • Brix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
  • Nancy's Barn Coffee Shop
  • Open Season Catering
  • Mainsail Restaurant at Newport Marriott
  • Bristol Plymouth Technical School
  • Charlie O's Tavern
  • Greenwich Bay Oyster Bar
  • Brew Fish Bar & Eatery 
  • Revolving Door



When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 - 6:00 PM (Early entry at 11:00 AM for Chowdahead ticketholders)
Where: North Lawn, Fort Adams State Park



Chowdahead Club Ticket: $20 (see below)
Advance Price: $20, on sale after Chowdahead tickets sell out, available through June 9, 2017
Day-Of: $25
Kids: Kids under 12 are free with a paying adult

Purchase here.

Your ticket includes all-you-can-eat chowder samples, live entertainment, kid’s activities and sponsor sampling. Food & beverage is available for sale.



The Chowdahead Club is an exclusive pass for hardcore Chowder Cook-Off fans! Membership grants you access to the Chowder Power Hour, a one-hour preview event from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM before the gates officially open to the public. Members can navigate the event before the crowds arrive, meet the chefs, greet participating team members and get the very first tastes of the 2016 chowder creations.  Tickets are valid for all day access, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Kids under 12 are free with a paying adult.