Tickets go on sale today at 12 p.m. for the 35th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off, the original and longest-running chowder championship in the country!

Starting today at 12 p.m. and through December 31st, chowder fans can pick up $15 discounted tickets for the annual event that is scheduled from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 10th at Fort Adams State Park.

The event features recipes of award-winning chefs representing restaurants, catering companies, clam shacks, distributors, culinary schools and institutional dining facilities.

Discounted tickets are limited but the first to grab tickets also get access to ChowdaHead Club including early access to the festival for the Chowder Power Hour before the gates officially open so you can get the very first tastes of the 2017 chowder creations!

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Admission to the Great Chowder Cook-Off also includes other fun ingredients, such as The Newport Oyster Festival, Oyster Shuck & Slurping Contests, Beer Shucking, live music and a variety of activities for the littlenecks.  Aside from the endless chowder, there will be a variety of other food options for sale.

For more information on the Great Chowder Cook-Off, please visit or contact the Newport Waterfront Events team at (888) 900-8640 or by email at

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.