Calling all chowder enthusiasts

September is here– warm sweaters, apple cider, changing leaves,  Knaebe’s, football games, and an autumn chill in the air.

In downtown Alpena, the coming of fall also means: getting ready for the 2016 Chowder Cook-off, happening Saturday, October 8th from 12-3 pm!

Chef Sherri Smith serves up deliciousness at last year’s event. Photo credit: Alpena DDA

What is the Chowder Cook-off, may you ask? In short: a fall afternoon filled with tasting Northeast Michigan’s finest chowders, wines, and beers. Any chowder chef, whether professional or not, has the opportunity to register and compete for the coveted “Best Chowder” award, as chosen by you, the taste-testing, chowder enthusiasts.

The Hall’s pose with their chowder. Photo credit: Alpena DDA

Entrance to the event is $10 and includes a two-ounce bowl of each entered chowder. (Last year, that was about a quart of chowder. So, bring your eating pants). Local wines & beers will also be available for purchase through Huron Distributors. Tasters will then be able to cast their vote for the best chowder.

A change from previous years, there will no longer be separate categories for amateur or professional– only best overall. Also new this year, first and second place winners will receive gift certificates for Perch’s IGA. An award will also be given for most festive set-up.

Interested in competing? Chowder chefs, we’re looking for you!  Any chef may compete. No need to be a professional! Registration is $25 to help cover set-up costs. Competitors must bring at least 3 gallons of prepared home-made chowder. For official rules & registration forms, click here.

Get your tastebuds- and chowders- ready! We hope to see you October 8th!

Chef Ben Kline at last year’s event. Photo credit: Alpena DDA

The 3rd Annual Chowder Cook-off is put on by the Alpena DDA. All proceeds go towards downtown events that happen during the year. Like them on Facebook here

Blog Downtown Alpena is written by Anne Gentry. Like the blog on Facebook here to never miss the latest news from downtown.