It's over. The 11th annual New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival was likely the last DNB, Inc. will organize and put on. When someone else takes it over next yearwe will return, this time to sample, tovote, to listen to the band, to scream at the YMCA'slobster races, tobuy abag of popcornto get our faces painted,and maybe celebrate with a drink or two.

In 11 years of producing Chowder Festivals we have learned: We have great people.
  • We have volunteers who willingly give up a Sunday to take tickets,stamp hands,supply vendors, empty the garbage and much more.
  • We have customers who will stand patientlyin linea crowded and sometime hot tent to get their samples, They say “excuse me” when inevitable bumps occur. .
  • We have children who always dance to the music of the band evenif adults won't.

We have great businesses

  • We have businesses that will always step to the plate to support the Chowder Festival financially.

We like to eat.

  • We like to eat so much that few of the many restaurants and food vendors who have participated have gone out of business for lack of customers.

Our food vendors are top notch.

  • They donate their food and spend hours serving it. The prepare gallons and gallons of chowders, kale soup, specialty soups and hundreds of stuffed quahogs. They bring staff members to serve it.

We have great music.

  • In eleven years we have featured localtalent only, and it has all been good.

DNB, Inc. is second to none.

  • With two part time employees they have brought thousands and thousands of people into Downtown New Bedford. We don’t know the total impact because much of it is intangible and some is long term. One of the results is that thousands of people who thought the downtown and the waterfront were sketchy places to visit now feel more comfortable and safe.

People will cheer as loudly for lobsters as they will for football players.

  • When he YMCA sponsors lobster races spectators will jump up and down and cheer with gusto.

And one more

  • We have learned not to hold Chowder Festivals on Sunday afternoons when the Patriots are playing.

Thanks to all who have contributed to our annual New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival in the last eleven years. We would like to give special thanks tothose that participated this year. First our vendors:

AllFriends Smokehouse
Clam chowder and signature soup.

Autumn Glen at Dartmouth
Clam chowder, kale soup and stuffed quahogs.

Black Whale Seafood & Raw Bar
Clam chowder

Brazilian Grill
Clam chowder and signature soup

Brookdale Dartmouth Village
Clam chowder, signature soup and stuffed quahogs

Cotali Mar Restaurant
Clam chowder and kale soup

Cove Surf & Turf
Clam chowder, seafood soup and signature soup

Destination Soups
Kale soup and signature soup

Fay's Restaurant & Catering
Clam chowder

Freestone's City Grill
Seafood chowder

EJ's Restaurant
Clam chowder, seafood chowder, stuffed quahogs

Mike's Restaurant
Clam chowder and kale soup

Seaport Inn and Marina
Clam chowder

Galley Grille
Clam chowder and signature soup

Tia Maria European Café
Kale soup and signature soup

Olive Garden
Signature soup

Whaling City High School
Clam chowder

Next our judges:
Andre J. Arsenault, Johnson & Wales Culinary Graduate, Caterer and instructor at Old Colony RVTHS, Henry G. Bousquet, Culinary Arts Instructor at Greater New Bedford RVTHS, New Bedford City Councilor, Auditi Guha – Southcoast Media Food Critic and Food Blogger

And to the Chowder Festival Planning Committee

Jill White -Chairman of the Event, – Sylvia Group
Kevin T. Pelland-Co-Chairman - BayCoast Bank
Casey Cole-Vieira-Law Office of Joseph Michaud
Nancy Cabral – Santander Bank
Ben Couto–JP Progressive Communications Group/Reynolds DeWalt
Dawn Ferreira - First Citizens' Federal Credit Union
Modesta Levesque – Standard Times/SouthCoast Media Group
David Medeiros - Bristol County Savings Bank
Tara Pacheco – New Bedford YMCA
Andrew Rodrigues – Webster Bank
Diane Arsenault - DNB, Inc. Executive Director
Sally Spooner – Staff Photographer

Downtown New Bedford, Inc.

And thank you to our sponsors:


BayCoast Bank
Sea Watch International
The Black Whale
Bristol Community College
Claremont Corporation
CliftonLarsonAllen CPA's
Standard Times/SouthCoast Media Group
Bristol County Savings Bank
Dias, Lapalme & Martin LLP
Eastern Fisheries
First Citizen’s Federal Credit Union
Hunter and Kathryn Marie Scalloping Co.
Sylvia Group
Saint Anne Credit Union
City of New Bedford/Harbor Development Commission
NB Global Learning Charter School
New Bedford Fire Museum
Poyant Signs, Inc.
JP Progressive Communications Group/Reynolds DeWalt
Sheriff Thomas Hodgson
STAT Ambulance
Downtown New Bedford, Inc.