Annual Chowder Tasting & Competition

the event of the Ventura County Summer!

thank you for all those who attended this year's chowderfest - we look forward to seeing you next year for chowderfest 2018!

On Saturday, August 19, the Maritime Museum presented the 3rd annual Chowderfest. The EVENT OF THE SUMMER in Channel Islands Harbor featured local restaurants competing for the honor of Best Seafood Chowder". Guests enjoyed chowder tastings as well as desserts and side dishes from 18 restaurants. 5 local wineries offering wine tastings, and Firestone Walker Brewery provided fine craft beer. Kelly's Lot and well known local musicians, Ray Jaurique, Shari Puorto, Lee Orgel, Truth Jones and Jim Gustin entertained 1,200 guests with 4 hours ofnon-stop blues music.  

Proceeds from Chowderfest enable the museum to continue as a cultural gem in our beach community, displaying a world-class collection of maritime art, dynamic temporary exhibits, and providing education programs for area students.

Chowderfest is an annual collaborative fundraiser hosted by the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, IOBG (International Order of the Blue Gavel), and local Yacht Clubs. Local restaurants donate exceptional flavors to the Chowder Cook-off (clam, corn, manhattan, potato, veggie, and more!) and support the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, a non-profit which celebrates Five Centuries of Art that Sails and gives back to the community nearly every day of the year.

The price of the ticket includes chowder and wine tastings, a variety of side dishes, four hours of live blues music, and free Museum admission. The museum welcomes the public and community to attend. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. 

thank you to our judges!

Lisa McKinnon

Pablo Ortiz

Nicole Valdivia

2017 winners

People's Choice:

1st Place: Sea Fresh Channel Islands

2nd Place: Rhumb Line Restaurant

3rd Place: The Lookout Bar & Grill

4th Place: The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood


River Ridge Golf Club for their Chicken & Corn Chowder

Judge's Choice:

1st Place:, Sea Fresh Channel Islands

Runners up (3-way tie): Kanaloa Seafood                                      Hook, Line & Sinker Seafood The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood

A special thank you to our sponsors!

2017 Participating Restaurants & Wineries