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It all comes together on September 30 to bring the largest regional event of the year!

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Flavors of the fall will be served up hot, beverages will be cold on tap and music will keep thousands down by the bay for Southern Ocean Chamber's 34th LBI Chowderfest that features ticketed tasting for Cook off in partnership with the Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean, and an outstanding marketplace to capture the imagination.  The free, pet friendly Bayfront Village is presented by the Barlow Auto Group and Hackensack Merdian Southern Ocean Medical Center includes handmade items, local food specialties, unique activations, Official Chowderfest Merchandise, and Bywatyr Base Camp shore style seating including picnic tables, conversation pits, chairs and lounges.  Merchants include 609 Wood Design , Advantage Screen Printing , Alpaca Vendor, Anna Bananas Bakery & Candy Shop, Barlow Auto Group, Beach Block Prints, Butter Me Up, Bywatyr Shop, Coaster Life, Cutco Cutlery, Don’t Squander It, East Coast Tuna Candy ,  Every Bloomin’ Thing Florist and seasonally inspired Bloomin' VW Bus, F&S Kitchen & Bath, Feelin’Blue, the Freedom Boat Club, Garabedian Realty & Building Co, Gemini Jewelry Designs, Got Shades, Grateful Alchemy, Herbonology, Jazzy Jewels by Layne, Jerky Rob, Jersey Boy Boutique, Jetty Pop Up Shop, Jillian Elizabeth Art, Joy Beardon Keller Williams, Keller Williams Preferred Properties, Le Ente Cosmetics, Little Grasshoppers, Making Waves, Miriam Warfield, Naturally Home Consulting ,  Ocean County Park's Trailer and Pup tent, Pinot Pretty Boutique , Ralph’s Flags , ReClam the Bay, Snarky Seagull, Soroptimist International of LBI, Sunsations, Swaggy Baby Apparel, Swell Colors, The Beaded Mermaid LBI, The Mod Hatter, The Yellow Daisy, Thread+Butter, Ward Boards, Wickit Good Candles, Wish LBI and Woodhill Customs.  Food Court features curated menu items from these great restaurants, Country Kettle Chowda, Crust & Crumb Bakery, Chick-Fill-A Manahawkin, LaBamba, Panzones Pizza, QC Market and Philly Ice Cart, Simple Fried and The Chicken or the Egg.  Everyone's favorite mascot Buster will be visiting from the Jersey Shore BlueClaws from 230 to 330.

 The free fest is happening 10am to 6pm at the Taylor Avenue Waterfront in Beach Haven, the Cook Off Classic will be held adjacent from 11am to 330pm with a ticketed tasting and vote with 8 competing restaurants Bistro 14, Leftys, Panzone's and Wallys for red chowder champion and Buckalew's Country Kettle, Delaware Ave Oyster House and Mud City for white. Tickets must be purchased online prior to entering the cook off section. Please see details here or to purchase on the Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean Website. 

A big part of the day is the much-anticipated performance line up on the Health Village Imaging Stage is set for:

  • 10am - National Anthem  performed by the Southern Regional High School Select Choir
  • 11am - noon La Stella Brothers
  • 1230pm -2pm  Chevy Lopez
  • 230pm -4pm Katfish Lucy
  • 4pm  -Cook off Classic Champion Announcements 
  • 430/5pm -7pm Rave Ons

Good music goes best with great food and drink; the variety will be outstanding. Ritchie & Page will have plenty on tap for those 21+ with Michelob Ultra, Landshark, Jetty, Strongbow, and Victory Oktoberfest Amber Lager, for 2023 the first 3000 beer purchasers get a commemorative mug sponsored by Surf City Marina. For those other beverage lovers Nutril in Cranberry Classic or Pineapple, Hoop Tea and wine will also be served. Plan your accommodations using VRLBI the official Lodging sponsor for 2023!   Getting there is easy, parking is free and the LBI Ferry will be running a special Chowderfest Express schedule from Tuckerton Seaport to the Boat ramp just feet from the fest. The entertainment lineup may be subject to change.  Rain date is Sunday October 1.  For a great place to stay for the weekend or anytime this fall follow Chowderfest's Exclusive lodging sponsor VRLBI to your best coastal nest. Thanks to Entertainment Sponsor Health Village Imaging,  Vendor Village Presenting Sponsors Barlow Buick GMC and Hackensack Merdian Southern Ocean Medical Center, Mug Sponsor  Surf City Marina, Ritchie & Page, Michelob Ultra, ByWatyr Shop Seating Sponsor, The Sandpaper, Beasley Media Group, McMahon Insurance Agency, Chowder Cook off  Award Sponsor Southern Ocean Chamber Association, Reynolds Garden Shop, Potts Excavating, Borough of Beach Haven, Ocean County Board of Commissioners, NJ Dept of Travel  & Tourism, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, Fantasy Island, Southern Regional Students, TD Bank and all of  the community volunteers for making this event possible.  Get all the info in one place, by visiting