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Chowder Day 2017 - SOLD OUT
Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay, CA
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Chowder Day 2017 - SOLD OUT

Join us for a fun day in Bodega Bay sampling chowder at the numerous restaurants.    You get to vote for the Best Chowder in Bodega Bay.  This is a driving event around town allowing you to enjoy our beautiful Bay.

This is a Fundraiser for the various charities of Bodega Bay including the Fireworks show on Sunday, July 2nd at Westside Park in Bodega Bay.

In year's past, tickets were sold the day of.  We have changed the format this year. ALL tickets must be purchased in advance. Last year we had record numbers trying to buy tickets and we sold out in 45 minutes.  This year we are only selling tickets online.  There will also be two starting times for tasting to help our guests enjoy each restaurant.  First time is at 10:00 am and the second is at noon.  

There will be 2 major awards for best Chowder this year.  People's Choice and Blind-Taste with 3 judges.  Two of the judges are Bert Rangel from the acclaimed restaurant in Jenner, River's End and Laurie Figone, host of the cooking show "Cooking with Laurie" as well as her cookbook.  Third judge is a surprise!  Blind-Tasting will be at 3:30 pm on January 28th at The Grange.  You are welcome to come by and watch.

Awards will be posted on the Chamber website at on the Wednesday following.


Where do I start my tasting?
You may start at any of the restaurants for your tasting.  Be sure to check your ticket as to whether you start at 10 or noon.  Bring your printed ticket receipt with you to receive the voting document and valuable coupons.

How will I know which restaurants are participating?  
Look for the balloons and sign at each restaurant.  See map attached as well.

What if it the weather is poor?
Rain or Shine, the tasting goes on!  No refunds as this is a fundraiser!

Are tickets available in advance and/or online?
Yes! This year we are selling presale tickets starting December 1st. The 10:00 am tasting is already sold out.  If you purchased the tasting to start at noon, do NOT begin tasting prior.  

Do I pay at each location?
No. You buy one presale ticket online for each person that wants to sample and vote.  Then take that ticket to receive your ballot which you will need to show at each tasting location.

Why are there two different start times?
In order to accommodate over Chowder Day visitors we are splitting our guests into two groups.  We ask that you observe the start time on your ticket.

Can we walk from point to point?
That is not recommended. Not only would it take you a long time, it's just not that safe to walk on Hwy 1. Some stops will have multiple locations. It's best to drive around the area.
When are the results announced?
We count the ballots on Monday after the event and the results are posted on Wednesday after the event on our website.

Do I have to sample all the chowder to vote?
NO! You can vote even if you don't visit all the locations. We encourage you to vote no matter how many you taste. The formula we use for counting votes is not dependent on every person tasting every chowder.

How do I vote?
Every location has a ballot box. Whatever location is your LAST STOP, please complete your voting and put your ballot in the ballot box provided.

Can I bring my pet?
Sure!  You will be making a tour of Bodega Bay in your car. So feel free to bring your pet. Most of the stops you'll make are outside. But keep in mind that some of the competitors set up at businesses that might not be pet friendly.  

What is included in the $10 ticket?
The ticket price of $10 includes one 2 ounce taste from each competitor.

Where do I pick up my ballot?
Every participating restaurant will have a stack of ballots.  Each paid ticket holder receives a ballot.

Who is participating in the Event?

Blue Water Bistro
Bodega Bay Firefighter's Association
Bodega Bay Lodge
Fisherman's Cove
Ginochio's Kitchen
Gourmet au Bay
Rocker Oysterfeller
Spud Point Crab Company
The Birds Cafe
The Boat House
The Dog House

How are the winners chosen?
You will be given one ballot at the first place you visit.  There will be a Peoples Choice and a blind tasting by distinguished panel of judges at 3:30 at the Grange in Bodega Bay. No cost to attend!

Will there be an Information Booth?
Yes, it will be at the Bodega Bay Visitors Center, 850 Highway 1, and will be clearly marked from the road.  The Information Booth Staff will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Where do I get my spoon?
The participating restaurants will provide the spoon and the 2 oz taste.  KEEP YOUR SPOON AS YOU ONLY GET ONE!

Where do I pick up my coupons for local businesses in Bodega Bay?
Each participating restaurant will have coupons available.  You will need to present your ticket and ballot to receive them.  One envelope per paying guest.

What if I lose my ticket or do not have a printer?
In this hopefully rare instance, come to the Information Booth at the Visitor Center and we will look up your name in Brown Paper Tickets and provide you with a ticket.  BRING YOUR PRINTED TICKETS

Where do I park?
Each business will have parking available.  There is no central spot to park and walk to each restaurant.

Are there booths at one location, say under a tent, where this event takes place?
No, it is at each restaurant around Bodega Bay.  They will be clearly marked with a sign and balloons.


Bodega Bay (View)
Highway 1
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
United States

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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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