A dozen regional restaurants and pubs will vie for the coveted Chowder Cup at the 10th annual Chowder Challenge on Saturday.
This year’s participants are Lompoc Beer 5th Quadrant, Burnside Brewing Co, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, D'S BAR, Farm House Cafe, Pelican Brewing Company, Produce Row Cafe, Saraveza, Sports on Tap,Stormbreaker Brewing, Uptown Market and Widmer Brothers Brewing.
Patrons (ages 12 and up) pay $10 for a tasting tray featuring a dozen two-ounce samples of New England-style clam chowders served in non-labeled tasting cups. After tasting all entries, attendees vote for their favorite. The chowder receiving the most votes is named the People's Choice Winner and takes home the coveted Chowder Cup and a cash prize; awards are also given for second and third place.
The event also features live music, a beer garden, a raffle with gift cards from the participants, and pub food for purchase. The event is open to all ages.
All net proceeds are donated to Portland’s Community Transitional School, which provides important educational services to children who are homeless or otherwise at risk of school failure.