In step with heightened security measures across the country, we ask everyone to participate in making Chowderfest safe and enjoyable by being aware of their surroundings and reporting any unusual or suspicious activities to a patrol officer on duty at the event.

Please refrain from bringing backpacks or bags into the Chowderfest field, if it is unavoidable please be aware that they will be subject to screening and any bag left unattended will be reported to authorities.

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, the Chowderfest Committee and our volunteers thank you for your cooperation. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the 31st Annual Chowderfest Weekend.

For everyone’s comfort and safety:

  • Blankets on the field are not permitted
  • Lawn chairs in paved areas only.
  • SUNDAY: Single/Umbrella strollers will be allowed into the festival but must stay on PAVED AREA. Wagons and Double Strollers must be parked at our secured gate area. Patrons will receive a ticket for retrieval. All strollers are subject to security check.
  • Smoke free event
  • No pets allowed by order of the Board of Health

31st Annual Chowder Cook-Off Classic

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Chowderfest Weekend has become a tradition for family and friends to gather together to say goodbye to summer and welcome the fall. Always the weekend before Columbus Day Weekend, this year join us on October 5, 2019, for the fabulous Merchant Mart (free admission) where local vendors offer the best deals of the season, and Sunday, October 6, 2019, for the Chowder Cook-Off Classic (a ticketed event).

Chowderfest Weekend goes on rain or shines at the Taylor Avenue ball field, Ninth Street and Taylor Avenue in Beach Haven (across from Schooner’s Wharf and Bay Village) 

Chowderfest Insider’s Guide to a Good Time!

Preview the Official 2019 Chowderfest T-Shirts


Chowderfest Weekend Merchants Mart

(Free Admission!)
Saturday, October 5, 2019
10 am to 5 pm


Chowder Cook-Off Classic

Sunday, October 6, 2019
11 am to 4 pm

General Admission Tickets – $30.00 (includes $1.86 NJ Sales Tax)
Children’s Tickets (Ages 4-12) – $10.00 (includes $.62 NJ Sales Tax)

VIP Tickets – $65.00 (includes $2.49 NJ Sales Tax)
Includes a t-shirt, early admission at 10 am
and exclusive admission to the VIP Bar
(the price of the VIP ticket does not include beer or wine)

Push the button below to buy tickets online

Note: The VIP online price is $70. This includes:
$65 for the VIP ticket
$5 for T-Shirt S&H
Online sale of VIP tickets ended 3:00 pm on Sept. 26, 2019

All tickets & tees on sale at the
Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Information Center
265 West 9th Street, Ship Bottom NJ 08008
Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm, 609-494-7211

The Chamber office is closed on Saturday, October 5, 2019
Tickets can be purchased Saturday at Merchants Mart
Taylor Avenue ball field, Ninth Street and Taylor Avenue in Beach Haven
(across from Schooner’s Wharf and Bay Village)
and Sunday at the Chowder Cook-off Classic (same location)


A portion of Chowder Cook-Off Classic ticket sales is
dedicated to tourism marketing
in the LBI Region

Crunchy loves Chowderfest!
Celebrate!
YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU WILL MEET AT CHOWDERFEST!
WELCOME CHOWDERHEADS!
It's all about the chowder!
Serving up New England Chowder at Chowderfest
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