Chowder cook-off to hit Carolina Beach Saturday

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A variety of tasty chowder from area chefs will be served up this Saturday in Carolina Beach. Photo courtesy Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.
A variety of tasty chowder from area chefs will be served up this Saturday in Carolina Beach. Photo courtesy Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

Get ready for some good eats and lots of live entertainment.

The 19th annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off will be serving up bowlfuls of homemade creations this weekend down in Carolina Beach.

The family friendly event gets underway at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Carolina Beach Lake. Admission is $6 for adults (children 12 years of age and younger are admitted free).

Chefs from across southeastern North Carolina will serve up samples of a selection of seafood chowders while vying for the title of tastiest. The Mark Roberts Band performs throughout the daylong festival.

This year’s cook-off includes three returning eateries and four new entries–Gibby’s Dock and Dine, Havana’s Fresh Island Restaurant, Saint’s Cove Beach Bar & Grill, SeaWitch Café & Tiki Bar, Shelby Jeans on the Boardwalk, The Shack at Dockside and Two Kousins Sports Bar.

Taste-tests and voting will be held until 3:30 p.m., with this year’s chowder champion announced at 5:30 p.m. Chowder is served on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the young ones, there is a Kidz Zone that includes face painting, an inflatable slide, laser tag and lots of activities. With an additional fee, families can take a ride around the lake in a paddle boat.

For more information, call the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, 910-458-8434, or email Greg Reynolds at greg@pleasureislandnc.org.