The vendor application process: Opens in May – August or when we sell out. 

As of July 2022, we are sold out of spots for 2022. Please fill out the below general question box to be put on the waitlist and outreach emails for next year. 

Vendors will need to be Members of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. This is a localized event hosted by the LBI Region Destination Marketing Organization and Chamber. Yearly membership is $250/$200 for non-profits in addition to the vendor fee.

This event sees 10,000 – 15,000 people.

Who is cooking for 2022?

2022 Cook-Off Participants

Application to sell or cook chowder is closed for 2022. Please fill out the below general question box to be put on the waitlist and outreach emails for next year. 


This event is intended for well established restaurants in the LBI Region of NJ (Lacey – Little Egg Harbor and LBI) This is not a singular chef entry competition. Cook-Off participants must be Members of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.

Festival Date, Hours & Location

The free festival will take place on the bayfront parking lot between 9th Ave. and Taylor Ave. in Beach Haven, NJ. There will be 9 food vendors, 50+ vendors, Bywatyr Basecamp seating, the stage and more. 

Saturday, Oct 1 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct 2 – RAIN DATE ONLY

REMINDER: Chowderfest is held the weekend BEFORE Columbus Day Weekend every year.

What is happening at the Festival

Welcome fall in traditional LBI style as the Southern County Chamber of Commerce heads to Beach Haven to celebrate the end of the Chowder Trail. This is a non-tasting event, meaning no tastings will be occurring. All chowder is for purchase on the Chowder Trail. Select participating restaurants will be at the event selling their chowder along with other menu items. All the participating competitors are on the Chowder Trail where you purchase Chowder. Voting closes Friday, September 30th. 2022 Food Vendors

The free Festival filled in base camp style with a seating area, vendor village, chowder, and specialty menu items for purchase, live music, and brews on tap, and plenty of activities. Leashed dogs are welcome

Please note:

  • There are no tickets needed to attend the gated area where the festivities are officially being held
  • Chowdertasting and voting happen by visiting restaurants directly and voting online through registration before September 30.
  • The announcement of 2022 Champions in Red, White & Creative will be announced on Saturday, October 1 (rain date October 2)
  • No Alcohol beverages from the festival may leave the gated area – Must be 21 years or older to purchase
  • No outside food or drink is permitted within the gated area
  • Event hours Saturday 10 am to 7 pm
  • Strollers are welcome
  • An enhanced seating area is sponsored by Bywatyr
  • Leashed pets are welcome in all areas but food lines

Official LBI Chowderfest Merchandise

Online 2022 Pre-Order Sales will run from July 15 to August 26 – Official LBI Chowderfest merch will be available on-site Oct 1 for purchase

To Guarantee you have your shirts in time, please place an order for direct shipment on

Getting There & Parking

This year, we are not utilizing the field but will be in an extensive gated area by the waterfront. Parking on LBI and Beach Haven is free, please utilize street and lot parking as available.

Stay In Touch

The Chowder Trail and the Free Festival is presented by members and sponsors of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. Follow the latest updates, interviews, and commentary at and on the Official LBI Chowderfest Facebook page.

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