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Calling All Chefs For the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Clam Chowder Cook-Off

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2023

Contact: Kris Reyes
[email protected]

Santa Cruz, CA – The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is calling all professional and amateur chefs for the 42nd annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off. The popular fund-raiser for the City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department is a two-day event, with amateur chefs competing on Saturday, February 25 and professional chefs on Sunday, February 26.

This year the early bird registration deadline for all chowder chefs is Friday, February 3. Teams that register during the early bird window will receive two Boardwalk rides wristbands and two event t-shirts. Friday, February 11 is the final day for teams to register. Entry fee is $75.00. For more information, entry form, and rules please visit

“The Clam Chowder Cook-Off is one of the Boardwalk’s most popular events of the year,” said Kris Reyes, Boardwalk spokesperson. “Teams come from across Northern California to test their chowder recipes against the very best and our guests love the opportunity to make their voices heard about which chowders they like the most.”

Local celebrity judges will determine the best Manhattan and Boston Clam Chowders in Amateur and Professional categories. The public will help select the winners for People’s Choice and Most Tasted Clam Chowder. Prizes include cash, commemorative plaques, and bragging rights. The competition takes place rain or shine along the Boardwalk.

All proceeds from the Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off benefit the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, please contact the Chowder Committee (831) 420-5273.

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