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It’s BACK! The 97.5 WOKQ Chowder Festival Summer Kick-off, Presented by Avery Insurance returns to Prescott Park Arts Festival for its 36th year! Held on the first Saturday of June every year, this staple of summer in Portsmouth, NH offers even more this year as it adds to the festivities for the Portsmouth NH

400 Grand Parade. Join in the fun of the Chowder Festival with some of your favorite local restaurants serving-up mouthwatering chowder in Prescott Park, and vote for your favorite to win the coveted People's Choice Award and take home the Golden Ladle. Check out the complimentary live music, kid-friendly activities, and grab an ice cream from the Prop!

This community event is always a great time from 11:30 a.m. until the chowder runs out. Get your Chowder Festival tickets now. The Summer Kick-Off side of the park is free and open to all. 

Chowder Festival Tickets are $20 per person and FREE for season pass holders, but you must reserve tickets! Get your season passes now for a fun-filled summer with the Arts Festival.  Already a pass holder and want to reserve your tickets for Chowder Fest? Just email us for your unique code! [email protected]

Check out the incredible restaurants joining in the 97.5 WOKQ Chowder Festival, presented by Avery Insurance!

250 Market, Buoy Shack, Fire & Spice Bistro, Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe, Martingale Wharf, New England Fishmongers, River House Restaurant, The Portsmouth Brewery, The Press Room, The Wilder, The York River Landing, and Tour.

Plus Virgin Oyster Company will be there with delicious oysters!

This taste-testing affair has become a New England institution for chowder lovers in the tri-state region. An impeccable roster of amazing restaurants throughout the seacoast join us to introduce their delicious chowder recipes to compete for the Best Chowder title and to take home the Golden Ladle! Recipes in the past have included Smoked Scallop Chowder, Manhattan Chowder, Vegetarian Chowder, Corn Chowder and Spicy Seafood Chowder. We can't wait to see what they come up with this year!

Who will win the Golden Ladle?

The golden ladle trophy with blue, red, yellow, and green ribbons displayed below

Judges for Judges' Choice: 

Portsmouth Mayor, Deaglan McEachern; Portsmouth City Manager, Karen Conard; Portsmouth Detective, Rochelle Jones;  Fletcher Sokul of Avery Insurance; Logan Sherwood of Kira & Logan in the Morning on 97.5 WOKQ; and well-known NH Chef, Bobby "the butcher" Marcotte of Tuckaway Tavern and two-time Guy's Grocery Games Champion. 


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Venue Information

Prescott Park Arts Festival
105 Marcy Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Organizer Information

Prescott Park Arts Festival

105 Marcy Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-2848

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