Chefs Battle for Best of the West at Chowderfest 2013

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ChowderfestAquarium of the Pacific invites the public to savor sustainable seafood chowders prepared by local chefs while learning about local and responsible seafood choices at Chowderfest!

On March 9, chefs compete to create the best dish at the the annual Best of the West Chowderfest. Presented by the Aquarium’s Seafood for the Future program (SFF), Chowderfest features award-winning chefs who redefine chowder in a SoCal style, using fresh and local sustainable seafood.

“The Best of the West Chowderfest is not only a celebration of sustainable local seafood, it is also an adventurous cooking challenge,” said Kim Thompson, Aquarium of the Pacific Seafood for the Future program manager. 

Guests can delight in daring chowders prepared with well-managed California seafood, including urchin, spiny lobster, spot prawns, rock crab, Kellet’s whelk, Carlsbad Aquafarm mussels, local produce from Weiser Family Farms, and more.

Take the chowder challenge by sample one-of-a-kind seafood chowders then, cast your ballot for the best chowder of the day and become eligible for a variety of prizes. Participating chefs include:

Chowderfest takes place Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the front lawn of the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach.

The cost for the event is $10 for public, $8 for Aquarium members (does not include Aquarium admission). A discounted ticket package including admission to Chowderfest and the Aquarium is available for $29.95 for adults, $19.95 for children (3-11), and free for children under 3.

For more information about Chowderfest call (562) 590-3100 or visit


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