New Bedford Chowderfest searches for the best South Coast restaurants

Calling all South Coast chefs. Think you have what it takes to bring the best bowl of clam chowder to the table? Now’s your chance to show off your kitchen skills and hit some of the region’s tastiest SouthCoast restaurants.

The 18th Annual Blount Fine Foods New Bedford Seaport Chowderfest returns on Saturday, September 30 from 11am-5pm with One Southcoast Room and is sure to bring seafood connoisseurs from around the world. What better way to showcase your recipe than the largest chowder competition in the region?

You’ll have 4 hours to bring your “A-game” (tasting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) on Pier 3 at New Bedford’s historic working waterfront, and best of all: there’s no cost except the cost of your delicious meal and produce.

Here’s what the room will provide you with:

The room will provide electricity, overhead lighting, security, sinks with hot and cold running water, detergent, hand sanitizer, trash barrels, trash removal, portable restroom facilities, Board of Health permit for the day, (1) 8-foot-long serving table with tablecloth, 2 oz. Serving cups, small plates, napkins, forks, and spoons (volunteer runners will provide paper products).

Here’s what you’ll need to bring to the event and prepare:

  • Food for about 1700 – 2 oz. Shares
  • Safe Certification Service and Food Allergy Certification
  • A permit to establish a food facility issued by the local health board
  • Servers to your table
  • Decorations of your choice
  • Sterno Fumigation Method – Up to 25 lbs allowed. Of propane. There must be a permit
  • Obtained from the Fire Department for tanks over 25 lbs.
  • You must provide your own fire extinguisher
  • Thermometers
  • Cold storage
  • Cleaning and dismantling of your catering booth begins at 3:15 p.m.
  • You should take leftovers with you; They may not be disposed of on site in water drums, trash containers, or port-a-johns.

Throughout the day, there will be live music, beer, wine, soft drinks, and concessions until 5 p.m., and be sure to have a gift certificate or card to your restaurant readily available upon arrival to be raffled off as part of your event promotion. . Keep in mind that VIP ticket holders will begin cruising at 11 a.m. and general admission begins at noon.

Currently participating SouthCoast restaurants:

  • 110 grill
  • Black whale
  • Cows
  • One Care in New Bedford
  • Dartmouth Village Cottages
  • Cove Surf and Turf
  • Mimi’s Kitchen
  • New Bedford Harbor Hotel
  • Quahog Republic Whaling Tavern
  • Scotty’s Pub
  • Oregan Bar & Grill

If you have any additional information, please contact Katie Greene at and she will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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