Ahh... summer is approaching. Time for the throngs to head to Prescott Park in Portsmouth, across the street from Strawbery Banke on the banks of the Piscataqua River, and check out the many chowders provided by restaurants from the local Seacoast area this Saturday.
I've done this festival on and off in the past decade or so, and found a couple of gems. It's also a great place to do an "A versus B" comparison to find the chowder that you think is simply the greatest. So, why don't I attend every year? Well, usually Old Port Festival in Portland, ME usually coincides with the Chowder Fest, and sometimes I have other commitments that make me miss both of these. Sigh...
Back to the Chowder Fest... for the price of admission ($8/adult, $5/children 12 and under), you will be able to sample all of the chowders that you'd like to try. The better chowders are easily spotted with large lines in front of their booths.
Speaking of lines, here's a hint: GET THERE EARLY. It starts at 11:30, and the lines of people waiting to get in stretch out in front of the park for a while as the festival gets in full swing. Parking can be problematical, as the streets near the park are quite narrow.
If you are a Strawbery Banke member, I'd recommend (free) parking there and walking across the street. Otherwise, finding parking may be difficult... give yourself time to park and get to the park.
The admission is $8 adult, and $5 for children 12 and under and the price allows you to sample as much as you want. Soda and refreshments are available for a separate charge (NOTE: Prescott Park does not allow alcohol on the grounds, and it's quite a walk to the nearest boozery if you feel you'd like a beer in the 90 degree forecast heat).
(I'm not associated with this festival; I just figured some Chowhounds might be interested...!)