BEACH HAVEN, NJ - After last year's Chowderfest Weekend being canceled due to the State of Emergency from Hurricane Joaquin, the long wait is almost over.

The 28th Annual Chowderfest Cook-Off Classic will be held this weekend at the Taylor Avenue Ballfield (between Ninth Street & Taylor Avenue, by the bay in Beach Haven, NJ). Saturday will be filled with vendors for Merchant Mart while Sunday will be full of competition for the chowder lovers to enjoy. 

With the cooler weather beginning, Chowderfest is a great time and a "tradition for family and friends to gather together to say good bye to summer and welcome the fall."

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Merchant Mart will take place on Saturday October 1 from 10:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m. It is a free admission event that includes awesome bargain deals from dozens of Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members. Enjoy live music and cold beer while you shop. Specialty foods will be available along with plenty of activities for the kids. The event will take place rain or shine. 

The 2016 Merchant's include:

Art Fayer Wholesale
Avalon Flooring
Beach Haven Antiques
Book Depot
Bunkerfish Design
Carl’s Fencing
Chick’s LBI Shop
CDA Contracting
Coaster Life/Sophisticated Hippie
Crescent Clowns
David’s Dream & Believe
German Short Haired Pointer Rescue of NJ
Holiday Snack Bar
Holy Trinity Church
Island Teak/Firefly
JDM Andrews Construction
Jersey Shore Sunrooms/Eastern Contracting LLC
Jetty Life
Jetty Rock
Joe Epstein Photography
JS PRO Construction
Just Between Us
Just Desserts
Ken Nilson/REMAX
Kit & Caboodle
LBI Shirt Factory
Le Ente Cosmetics
Long Beach Township
Long Beach Island Historical Association
Making Waves
Mod Hatter,The
NJ Logo Wear
Pacesetter Realty
PKR Construction LLC
Reclam the Bay
Sassy Apple
Serenity Design
Spray Beach Yacht Club
Stillwell Farms/Sara Jane
Swell Colors Glass Studio & Gallery
Tech Medic/Wireless Experience
TULA The Boutique
Walters Homes
Weichert Realty
World Famous Hot Sauce

The Chowderfest Cook-Off Classic will kick off Sunday October 2 at 11:00 a.m. VIP tickets are available for $55.00 and include a t-shirt and exclusive early admission at 10:00 a.m. General Admission tickets are for sale for $25.00 and Children's tickets (ages 4-12) are $10.00. Unlimited chowder tasting all day until 4:00 p.m. This year's Chowderfest is adding a new and "creative chowder" category featuring only 5 participants, along with the usual white and red categories. 

The 2016 Chowder Cook-Off Classic Participants are:

New England (white): Chicken or the EggCountry Kettle ChowdaHoward’s RestaurantMud City Crab House Seafood Grill & Market, Sea Oaks Country Club, and The Shack.

Manhattan (red): Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf ClubStefano’s RestaurantShore Fire GrilleLefty’s Tavern, and Black Whale Bar & Fish House.

Creative Seafood Chowder (new): Lobster Bisque by Blue Water Cafe, She-Crab Soup by Buckalew’s Restaurant and Tavern, Jersey Scallop Bisque by Cuisine on the Green at Atlantis, South of the Border Manhattan by La Bamba Mexican Restaurant, and Southern Smoke Foods

You can purchase your tickets at the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Info Center or at the gate the day of the event, but you can also save time and purchase them online here:


Parking will be available on-site, but due to the limited spaces parking will be available at other locations. The shuttle for parking can be picked up at 42nd St, 60th Street, 68th Street, 85th Street, 95th Street by ACME, 133rd near Wawa and Bicentennial Park Engleside Ave. Beach Haven.

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