Essex Clam Fest 2012
There's no better place in New England to eat clams than Essex, Massachusetts! Now in its 29th year, this local festival takes place in Memorial Park in downtown Essex boasts 40 to 50 food, craft, and local product vendors. The event includes the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that gives area restaurants the chance to vie for the title of serving the best chowder on Cape Ann.
The Clam Chowder Tasting is a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best clam chowder on Cape Ann. Ten local restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipes starting at 12:00 noon and ending about 2:00 pm.
The chowder will be judges will be announced publicly as the event approaches. The public will also have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite chowder.
In addition to the Chowder competition, an interesting variety of activities has been planned, including:
- An arts and crafts area
- Entertainment throughout the afternoon
- The Lions Club Food Pavilion
- An Ipswich Ale Station
- Organization, church, and non-profit tables
- Kids Rides and Games
- A Health Fair
- Raffle for a catered clambake by Woodman's to benefit the Essex Elementary School.
The crafts area and the rides will be open to the public starting at 11:00 am.