Chowderfest 2020 pivots to soup up the local economy

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members responded to COVID 19 safety issues by creating a dynamic ChowderMonth to support local businesses launching Labor Day Weekend.

Due to restrictions currently in place, the Chowderfest will bring chowder tasters directly to the source by supporting local restaurants and retailers. As the organizers of the 32 year event, we recognize that this is an opportunity to keep the community safe and keep this popular event on the 2020 calendar. There will be a lot of features, including a Chowderfest Play list for in home or on route listening, Ecommerce Chowderwear store, restaurants serving up dine and take home options as well as an online voting component, Chowder Virtual Run, social media and pop up surprises. 


“The importance of the event cannot be underestimated” states Chamber President Christopher Schwab, Anderson Insurance Agency. “This will bring Merchants and Restaurants the end of season attention as well as give everyone an enjoyable way to support local businesses”.

By allowing a full month to share the spirit of the event, it allows customers to enjoy multiple restaurants at their own pace, avoiding overcrowding of restricted space and submitting their vote when they are sure of their choice. Details will be shared shortly. Chowder Month will begin September 5 for patrons to begin purchasing Chowder cups, pints and quarts to taste so they can even create a “Chowderfest at Your House” event with online voting beginning Labor Day Weekend.

Each voter can register for free and will receive the Chowderfest Virtual Information Packet. The event will be supported by interactive content as well as the announcement for the Chowderfest 2020 Overall Champion happening October 4. From Photo Op stops, digital mapping and Secret Sale Merchant Listing, there will no cost for consumers to get the information needed to vote or tour the participating members. 

Sponsors joining Southern Ocean County Chamber to soup up the local economy by presenting this clamtastic event are: The Sandpaper/Beachcomber, AtlantiCare, G. Anderson Agency, Anderson Insurance Agency, Atlantic States Group, Bud Light, Ritchie & Page, New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, Beasley Media Group, and Sysco.