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LBI Chowderfest Is Coming Soon
While soaking up the salty invigoration of LBI this Labor Day weekend, be assured there’s plenty of chowder and festivity left this season. Count on returning for Chowderfest Weekend Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce organizers say plans are bigger than ever for the two-day bash in Beach Haven at the Taylor Avenue and Ninth Street bayfront.
An expanded festival field this year means more room for multiple band lineups both days, and a curated Maker Space. What’s also new is another level of VIP Chowderfest tickets that gets holders into a new beer garden.
Now in its 29th year, Chowderfest Weekend has extended the season well past Labor Day, a very good thing for area businesses and restaurants that in turn benefits visitors. It’s something for shore lovers to look forward to after the heat of summer dies down.
Starts It All Off
The weekend begins Saturday, Sept. 30, with the free Merchants Mart of end-of-season bargains from dozens of retailers, plus localized specialties and a gourmet food tent.
Live music will charge the scene from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Jimmy Brogan, White Rabbit and The Impulsives.
This year Make Shift Row will have its own tent, holding an inspired market space filled with handmade products for sale.
In the beer realm, more taps will be ready to dispense a custom menu of flavorful beers and hard ciders, including Bud Light, Landshark Lager, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Spaten Oktoberfest, Goose Island IPA, Stella Cidre, Strongbow and McKenzie Black Cherry.
Expanded grounds include more seating and elbow room for everyone, a Southern Ocean Chamber Partner and Sponsor lounge, additional tent for merchants and a featured beer garden, summarized the chamber Chowderfest Committee and board members.
“Everything we are doing is to showcase the local musical talent, restaurants and businesses,” said Todd Elsasser, Chowderfest coordinator. “The expanded footprint is a great way to see what local businesses and people can do.”
Chowderfest on Sunday:
Bring on the Tasting
Sunday, Oct.1, brings the Chowder Cook Off Classic, as the best restaurants in the region square off for the votes of the tasters. Ticketholders will taste unlimited samples of chowder in three categories: red, white and creative.
Those who buy “VIP” tickets gain early access to the tents to taste and view the decorative booths created by each competitor. In addition to coveted early entry at 10 a.m. rather than the 11 a.m. general admission time, VIPs get the official 2017 VIP shirt.
Added this year is the Platinum VIP, which, in addition to early entry and shirt, grants access to the new Beer Garden with big-screen televisions and Bud Girls handing out giveaways. Platinum VIP level is limited to 150 tickets.
To date the contestant restaurants include Country Kettle Chowda, Chicken or the Egg, Cuisine on the Green, Howard’s Restaurant, Shore Fire Grille, SunnyRae’s, Lefty’s Tavern, Stefano’s Seafood, Black Whale, Delaware Avenue Oyster House, Buckalew’s, La Bamba and Blue Water Café.
Great chowder is accompanied by great live music; the lineup scheduled to perform on Sunday includes The Pickles, Ted Hammock and Jason Booth.
Attendees can partake in the delicious offerings in the food tent, grab a chair with added seating, avoid long lines with extra beer and cider taps, shop exclusive Chowdawear merchandise, and vote and cheer on the winners at closing ceremonies scheduled at approximately 4 p.m.
Tickets are for sale at the website chowderfest.com; by contacting the Southern Ocean County Chamber at 609-494-7211 or its Visitor Center at 265 West Ninth St. in Ship Bottom; or via email at [email protected].
Ticket prices for Sunday’s Cookoff are: toddlersyounger than 3 are admitted free; children to age 12, $10; general admission, $25; VIP, $55; Platinum VIP, $100.
For the most up-to-date information on Chowderfest Weekend, join fans on the Official LBI Chowderfest Facebook page or see the chamber websites at visitLBIregion.com or chowderfest.com. Local businesses interested in finding out more about the new Chowderfest Retail Partnership may call the chamber office at 609-494-7211.
Article Courtesy of www.thesandpaper.net— Maria Scandale
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