Downtown New Bedford, Inc. is pleased to announce that once again BayCoast Bank will take the lead in sponsoring the Tenth Annual New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival on October 18th, from 12noon to 5 pm on City Pier 3, New Bedford's working waterfront. DNB's Executive Director, Diane Arsenault said “We are extremely excited by their sponsorship as it enables us to maintain the high quality of the festival while keeping the ticket price low. ‘Chowderfest’ continues to be an affordable family event”.
With your ticket you are able to sample and taste the offerings from 25 area food vendors, many offering more than one sampling in the categories of Clam Chowder, Seafood Chowder, Kale and Specialty Soups and Stuffed Quahogs. All under an enormous tent nestled among the fishing boats on Pier 3 in New Bedford. Restaurants and caterers are being recruited to fill the 25 available booths. This event also has a component that we like to call “the spirit of friendly competition” culminating in awards decided by the votes of the attendees for “Best Of” in all the categories and the “Judge’s Choice” Award will be decided by a blind taste test.
Restaurant applications to participate are available by calling the DNB office or can be downloaded from our website. There are also many sponsorship opportunities for companies who want great exposure to the 2,500 people who attend this event annually.
Outside the main tent will be smaller tents set up for food and drink vending that includes local beer and wines, soft drinks and mixed drinks. Area vendors will also offer, popcorn, homemade ice cream and desserts. Adding to the festive atmosphere throughout the afternoon are the annual YMCA Lobster Races. Young children will be entertained with craft activities organized by volunteers from the Global Charter School and fire truck rides on the antique engine courtesy of the New Bedford Fire Museum, and free photo both pictures from Ensemble Events
Live music by the BaHa Brothers will add to the fun and be performing all afternoon with plenty of room to sit and relax or get up and dance! The DJ from Ensemble Events will also be there to start us off and fill in during the band breaks.
TICKETS are $15 in advance, $18 day of, $5 for children 6-12, free for 5 and younger. Tickets will be available at the DNB office, on-line through our web-site www.downtownnb.org and at many locations to be announced by early August. Call 508-990-2777 for information.