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WOKQ Chowder Festival. Courtesy photo.




33rd annual WOKQ Chowder Festival

When: Saturday, June 3, 11:30 a.m. 
to 3 p.m.
Where: Prescott Park, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth
Cost: $14 for adults and $7 for kids age 12 and under.
Visit: prescottpark.org
 
Participating restaurants 
110 Grill (Rochester)
250 Market (Portsmouth) 
British Beer Co. (Portsmouth) 
Casino Fast Food (North Hampton) 
Cataqua Public House at Redhook 
Brewery (Portsmouth) 
Clipper Tavern (Portsmouth) 
The Farm Bar & Grille (Kittery, Maine) 
Hayseed (Hampton)
Portsmouth Brewery (Portsmouth) 
Portsmouth Gas Light (Portsmouth)
RiRa Irish Pub (Portsmouth)
River House Restaurant (Portsmouth) 
Virgin Oyster Co. (Dover) 




Chow on chowder
Annual chowder festival returns to Portsmouth

06/01/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Spend an afternoon tasting some of the best chowders available on the Seacoast when the Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth hosts its 33rd annual WOKQ Chowder Festival on Saturday, June 3. Thirteen seacoast-area restaurants will offer samples of their chowders in the park from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Held every year on the first Saturday in June, the festival is one of the oldest and largest chowder tasting events in New England and serves as the kickoff event for Prescott Park’s summer series of events. 
“Chowder is a classic New England dish, and I think in this area in particular, on the seacoast, it’s one of those things people come looking for,” said Melanie Burger, special events manager for the Prescott Park Arts Festival. “It makes sense to get all the places that do a good chowder together in one place to compare them against each other.” 
This year’s festival will have returning restaurants, including past winners like The River House and 250 Market, as well as first-time participants like 110 Grille and Clipper Tavern. 
Restaurants will compete for the title of People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice Best Chowder. The People’s Choice winner will also take home the Golden Ladle trophy, which can be displayed at the restaurant until next year’s festival, and a year of advertising with WOKQ.  
The festival will feature a variety of chowder recipes. In the past, there have been chowders like smoked scallop, Manhattan, vegetarian, corn and spicy seafood. Most of the chowders are signature items on the restaurants’ regular menus. 
“They typically stick with the tried and true recipe that they know works and is already on their menu,” Burger said. “That way, people can go back to the restaurant and order it whenever they want to.” 
In addition to the chowders, there will be sliced bread provided by Panera Bread, steak samples from Hills Home Market, oysters by Virgin Oyster Co. ($5 for three) and hamburgers and hot dogs, ice cream, drinks and more from the park’s concession stand, The Prop. 
The festival will also have live music and entertainment provided by WOKQ, and vendors like New Hampshire Community Seafood; Explore the Ocean World, which will bring a touch tank; and New England Fish Mongers, which will host a “Which Fish is This?” game to help people learn to identify fish living in local waters. 





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