The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chowder Cook Off & Festival (every year in February) has free admission, and clam chowder tasting kits cost an affordable $8, which includes a containing bowl, spoon, five taste tickets, and a People’s Choice Ballot.
The event features competitions with chefs from throughout the west coast. You’ll also see participants dressed as scuba divers, mermaids, and even as a Clam Fairy.
WHAT: Clam Chowder Cook Off & Festival free admission; Admission is free; you can get Tasting Kits for $9 to sample five different chowders. Info: beachboardwalk.com.
WHEN: Every year in February.
WHERE: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.