On Saturday, October 21, the Essex ClamFest and Chowder Competition will take place in Essex. The annual event has everything the small town is known for including arts and crafts, K-9 demonstrations, food vendors, Ipswich Ale Local Brews and, of course, the ever popular clam chowder competition. The festival will take place at Shepard Memorial Park in Essex from 11 AM to 4 PM.
The popular clam chowder competition is from noon to 2 PM (while supplies last). It costs $5.00 to enter to chowder tasting area. Nearly 1,000 people taste the best of the best, each voting for their favorite in the People’s Choice Award, while nine esteemed judges helped to select the winner of the Judge’s Award. This year there are 12 competitors: Ipswich Ale Brewers Table, Ipswich Clambake, J.T. Farnham’s, Lobsta Land, Mile Marker One, Relish Catering & Events, Salty Franks Hot Dogs, Shea’s Riverside Restaurant, The Farm Bar and Grille, The Pub at Cape Ann Brewing Co., Windward Grille Restaurant and Woodman’s of Essex.
Essex Clamfest is brought to you by the Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. BankGloucester is the presenting sponsor, First Ipswich Bank is the gold sponsor and the media sponsor is North Shore 104.9.