California Festivals


Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook Off

February 25-26, 2023

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, CA
$12 tasting kit, $ team entries

Categories: Amateur Boston
Amateur Manhattan
Professional Boston
Professional Manhattan

Annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off & Festival invites you to join the festivities as costumed chefs prepare their finest clam chowder recipes outdoors along the Boardwalk to the delight of spectators eager to sample their favorites. Both amateur and professional chefs from all over Northern California compete in the friendly competition, hoping to win prizes and bragging rights for BEST CLAM CHOWDER!

Cook-Off Schedule (from past events)

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

Try Some Clam Chowder Boardwalk admission is free! You may purchase tasting kits to sample the clammy concoctions. Each Tasting Kit Includes 5 taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot. 100% of Tasting Kit sales benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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