Professional and Amateur Clam Chowder Cook Off Contests!
The Festival and the annual chowder contest are growing, with new benefits and prizes!
Thousands of visitors are expected at the 13th annual Festival which is expanding back to two days (and
participants are welcome to stay and sell chowder on Sunday). Both days are a clam dig and we will be
adding clam contests, more workshops, and even a clam cleaning station. There will be an expanded
food program, bar, music, cooking demonstrations, vendors, kids’ activities, and more.
Amateur Chowder Contest:
Do you have the best home-made chowder in Grays Harbor!
One of the greatest ClamFest traditions is the Amateur Chowder Contest. The Festival is expanding to
two days again, March 16-17 with the amateur contest on Sunday March 17. We will have a panel of
local celebrity judges and there are cash prizes, plaques, and more for the winners, plus bragging rights
for the year, recognition on our website and Facebook page and on local media.
Professional Chowder Contest:
Here is how it works:
– We provide a booth, 2 skirted tables, 2 chairs, and electricity at no cost, plus access to kitchen warming
ovens. Chowder is prepared at your restaurant or health department approved kitchen, not at
– Chowder is served to the public in two ways:
1) The public purchases passports from the Festival for 3oz tastes. The funds go to the Festival to
support the event and keep free admission. You provide one taste per passport presented.
2) You sell cups of chowder to the general public. There is no booth fee and you retain the funds.
– Send in your application by the deadline, Friday February 15, 2019 – Late applicants may not get in
the 20,000 printed programs with The Daily World and North Coast News.
– Each participant will be featured in the festival website with a photo, description, and link
– Each participant will be featured in the 20,000 Festival print programs, published by The Daily World
– There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, plus People’s Choice, plus plaques
– Winners will be announced in a regional press release, on website, and social media
– At your booth you can decorate and distribute marketing information
– The winner will be entered into the Grand Olympic Peninsula Chowder Contest sponsored by the
Olympic Culinary Loop (www.olympicculinaryloop.com/eat)
We are pleased to announce that our guest judge is Cynthia Nims a distinguished cookbook author and
culinary consultant who holds the Grand Diplôme d’Etudes Culinaires from La Varenne cooking school in
France. She has written, edited and contributed to a few dozen books and is a James Beard Award
nominee. Cynthia was editor of Simply Seafood magazine, food editor of Seattle Magazine, and has
written for a wide variety of publications. She and her husband live in Seattle (www.monappetit.com).