The Great Chowder Cook-Off invites chefs to celebrate its 37 years of competitive homage to soup by putting their secret clam, seafood, and red chowder recipes to the test at the original and longest running chowder championship in the world.  The competition will begin to thicken on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from noon – 6:00 p.m. at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.

Open to local, regional and international chefs who work at restaurants, catering companies institutional dining facilities, clam shacks and culinary schools, the spirited competition for bragging rights and prize money is a fun-filled day for the chowder creators as well as the tasters.  The key requirements to enter the competition are a winning chowder recipe and an enthusiastic staff! Additional information on participating in the Great Chowder Cook-Off is available by contacting Mike Martin at or by visiting

Competitors serve all-you-can-eat samples of their chowder recipes to thousands of festival attendees who also act as judges. The event features other fun ingredients too, including ongoing entertainment on the Main Stage featuring the reggae, rock, blues of The Ravers, Cee Cee & The Riders and The Brian Scott Band, as well interactive Oyster Slurping, Oyster Shucking and Beer Shucking contests on the Matunuck Oyster Lawn and plenty of fun activities for the littlenecks.

“To all those chefs out there who have been tempted to stir the pot in the competition, make 2018 the year you go for chowder glory,” said Michele Maker Palmieri, Owner and President of Waterfront Productions, the parent company of Newport Waterfront Events.  “The exposure, marketing opportunities, staff bonding and summer fun on the Fort Adams waterfront are all part of the competition to take one of the top three spots in each category.”

After a close competition, last year’s chowder winners were “Best Clam” – Open Season Catering, Warwick, RI; “Best Seafood” – Nancy’s Barn, Ballyliffin, Ireland; and “Best Red” –Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School – Culinary Program, Taunton, MA.

This year, the gates will open at noon and the celebration will continue until 6:00 p.m. when the winners in each major category will be announced.  Ticket prices for the Great Chowder Cook-Off are $20 for adults if ordered by Friday, June 1st and $25 the day of the event.  Children are admitted free if age 12 and under and accompanied by a paid adult. Chowder fans have the opportunity to become automatic members of the Chowderhead Club and enjoy exclusive access to the “Chowder Power Hour” from 11:00 a.m. to Noon at no additional charge while these value added tickets are still available or until Tuesday, May 1st.  This special tasting experience offers access to all the chowder competitors and their savory creations before the real crowds arrive. To purchase tickets, please visit or order by phone by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

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  To receive future Rhode Island Waterfront Events and Newport Waterfront Events announcements, presale opportunities or exclusive packages, sign up at and become a fan on Facebook at, Instagram RIWaterfrontEvents and Twitter RIWEvents.

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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