21st Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off
April 8, 2017




chow·der [chou-der] noun

  1. A thick soup or stew made of fish, fowl, meat and/or vegetables with potatoes, onions and other ingredients with seasonings in a milk, tomato or clear base


We are looking for a few good restaurants to compete in our 21st year of Chowderfest with an expanded menu.  In an effort to include more paletes and restaurant’s noted cuisines, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce has expanded its definition of chowder to include other items besides seafood. 

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce will be holding the 21st Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at the Carolina Beach Lake.   

The Chowder Cook-Off is all about delicious food, good music and family fun, so bring the kids along to this family-oriented event.  Chefs from southeast North Carolina’s finest restaurants will prepare the region’s best chowder recipes – seafood or otherwise.   Folks can sample a taste of Cape Fear during this friendly chowder competition held at Carolina Beach Lake Park in Carolina Beach.  Children can enjoy the park’s playground and a Kidz Zone with face painting, a giant inflatable slide and more.  And for an additional fee, there will be paddleboat rides for the entire family.  The gates open at 11:30 am and winners will be announced around 4:30. 

During the Chowder Cook-Off, enjoy live music by BOUNCE! and chowder-tasting (and voting) between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, but make sure to arrive early while the chowder is abundant.  Your job is to bring the family and your discerning palate to sample and vote on your favorite chowder.  So come to the beach for the weekend and spend the day with us at this great party.  Gates open at 11:30 and admission is only $6.00 for adults, children 12 and under are FREE. 

 Havana’s Fresh Island Restaurant (six-time winner) will be retiring their crown and assisting in the judging this year to make way for new talent to show their wares.    

We have limited space for restaurants and contestants are limited – so do not delay, contact us today. 

Chowder is served on a first-come, first-served basis – so come early!

REMEMBER - Chowder tastes better than Azaleas!!

For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at