Now in its 4th year, Chowder Fest presented by Food & Home Magazine has quickly become a mainstay on Santa Barbara’s festival circuit. Held at the Montecito Country Club on October 27 from noon to 3:00 p.m., Santa Barbara Chowder Fest attracts dozens of restaurants competing for ‘Chowder Champ’ judged both by a professional panel and by festival attendees.

Vendors include Arlington Tavern, Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach, Chase Restaurant, Chocolats du CaliBressan, Enterprise Fish Company, Figueroa Mountain Brewery, Finch and Fork, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Giessinger Winery, Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood, Island Brewing Company, Jaffurs Wine Cellars, KCHEN Project, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Lazy Acres, Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards, Luna Olivo, Max’s Restaurant, Museum Cafe, New West Catering, Outback Steakhouse, Pacific Coast Honey, Riverbench Vineyard and Winery, Seawind Wines, Stolpman Wines, Three Pickles, UCSB Faculty Club, Verde Southwest Cuisine, Via Maestra 42, and Whitcraft Winery.

Enjoy an afternoon of fine wine, great beer, and a host of other treats apart from award-winning Clam or Creative chowder. Live music, auction items, and the opportunity to win a raffle for 52 bottles of wine, round out this event. Tickets can be purchased online for $65 at

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  1. Glenn says:

    I remember this from last year and I went to Outback after they won to try their chowder. It was Ok but could not hold a candle to Mac’s or Brophy’s. I wonder why they don’t enter into this, is this just a frou frou event?

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