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

For Immediate Release
January 23, 2024

Contact: Kris Reyes
(831) 332-6966
[email protected]

Santa Cruz, CA – The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is inviting all professional and amateur chefs to participate in the 43rd 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 24 and professional chefs on Sunday, February 25.

This year the early bird registration deadline for teams wishing to participate is Monday, February 12. Teams that register during the early bird window will receive two Boardwalk rides wristbands and two event t-shirts. Monday, February 19 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 from throughout California put their chowder recipes to the test and our guests love the opportunity to help select the best chowders.”

Local celebrity judges will determine the best Manhattan and Boston Clam Chowders in Amateur and Professional categories. Boardwalk guests who purchase a tasting kit 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.

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