Downtown New Bedford, Inc. is pleased to announce that BayCoast Bank again take the lead in sponsoring the Ninth Annual New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival on October 5th, from 12noon to 5 pm at Pier 3 on New Bedford's working waterfront. DNB's Executive Director, Diane Arsenault said “We are extremely excited by this 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 restaurants, many offering one or more 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 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 “Judges Choice” Award will be decided by a blind taste test.
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. A food vending tent will be there for those not into the chowder along with 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 New Bedford Ocean Explorium, Buttonwood Park Zoo and Global Charter School.
Live music also adds to the atmosphere and will once again be performing all afternoon with plenty of room to sit and relax or get up and dance!
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 2,000 people who attend this event annually.
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 website and at many locations to be announced by early August. Call 508-990-2777 for information.