Clam Chowder Cook-off to kick off Morro Bay Harbor Festival
–The Morro Bay Harbor Festival in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Morro Bay are pleased to present a kick-off to the this year’s Harbor Festival with a “blind-taste” Clam Chowder Cook-off on Saturday, June 3. It will take place at the Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way from 4 – 7 p.m. Four celebrity judges will taste the chowder along with the public to help decide the winner.
Clam chowder entries will be prepared by nine Morro Bay restaurants. They include: 60 Steak and Chop House at the Inn At Morro Bay, Blue Sky Bistro, Carla’s Country Kitchen, Dutchman’s Seafood House, Giovanni’s Fish Market and Galley, Harbor Hut, Hofbrau, House of JuJu, and Rose’s Bar and Grill. The Clam Chowder Cook-off winner will get “bragging rights” as well as a free booth at the 36th Annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival (October 7th this year) where they can sell their winning clam chowder.
Four local celebrities or local food critics will be judges for the Chowder Cook-off. They are KSBY-TV News Anchor Scott Daniels, Bay News food critic Teri Bayus, the Tribune Newspaper food columnist Katy Budge, and Morro Bay Mayor Jamie Irons. The fifth and possibly deciding vote will be members of the public who participate in the tasting.
This cook-off will be a “blind taste” test in that the judges and public won’t know which restaurants submitted the chowder entries. Only two Morro Bay Harbor Festival Committee members will have that privileged information. Even the restaurants will not know which chowder is theirs once it’s submitted for tasting.
Tickets for the Clam Chowder Cook-off contest which includes a delicious seafood salad with fresh baked bread, are $20 each. No-host cocktails and beverages will be sold by the Rotary Club. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Morro Bay Harbor Festival office at (805) 772-1155 or by email at info.mbhf@gmail. Harbor Festival Board members, Morro Bay Rotary Club members will also be selling tickets as well as the Morro Bay Parks & Recreation office. If not sold out in advance, there may be some tickets available at the door.
The Harbor Festival Committee greatly appreciates the help of the following for their help in making the Clam Chowder Cook-off possible: Albertsons, Morro Bay Fisherman’s Association, Central Coast Women for Fisheries, Brian’s Bread, St. Timothy’s Women’s Guild, Rotary Club of Morro Bay and the Morro Bay Harbor Festival committee. Proceeds will go to the Morro Bay Harbor Festival, a non-profit 501 (c) 3, as it raises the funds for this year’s Harbor Festival taking place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 and to the charities of the Rotary Club of Morro Bay.
About the Morro Bay Harbor Festival
The Morro Bay Harbor Festival located near the historic Morro Rock in Morro Bay, California is an annual celebration of the Central Coast’s unique lifestyle and working waterfront. Since 1982, it has been held every year on the first weekend in October. This year it will be held on October 7, 2017. The Morro Bay Harbor Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3 organization.