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Chowder and chili cook-offs on Long Island

Chowder cook-off during the Montauk Chamber of Commerce

Chowder cook-off during the Montauk Chamber of Commerce fall festival. Credit: Richard Lewin

Put a spoon in it — that’s the idea behind the fall-winter lineup of chili and chowder cook-offs that puts chefs’ recipes to a vote. Here’s where you can get a taste of the competition.


WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 (festival continues Oct. 8), at the Village Green, 742 Montauk Hwy.

INFO 631-668-2428,

THE CHOMP Montauk’s New England and Manhattan clam chowder contest starts at 11 a.m. Saturday; $12 gets you two tastes and a commemorative mug. The contest draws serious chowder lovers — all recipes have clams. On Sunday, some chowder will be for sale.

THE POMP This weekend-long festival offers several other types of food and drink, a free carousel for kids and live music, raffles, face painting, pumpkin decorating and inflatable rides.


WHEN|WHERE 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Westhampton Beach Oyster Festival, 500 Shore Dr.


THE CHOMP The focus here is on New England clam chowder made by a handful of restaurants and food purveyors— at 2 p.m. you can get a souvenir mug for $10 with samples for $6.

THE POMP The competition is part of the larger Westhampton Beach Oyster Festival, a full day of family-friendly events including face painting, live music and interactive educational activities as well as many choices of food and drink. Event admission is a suggested $6 donation, capped at $16 per family.


WHEN|WHERE Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Association for Mental Health and Wellness, 939 Johnson Ave., Ronkonkoma

INFO 631-471-7242 and 631-672-9613,

THE CHOMP A variety of chili dishes, both meaty and vegan options, will be in the mix. Chili tastings are two for $5, five for $10 or 12 for $20 (discounts for advance purchase) with proceeds to benefit homeless veterans and people affected by mental illness.

THE POMP A family-friendly fest with free admission, other activities include a Halloween costume contest (for kids ages 10 and younger), food, drink, games and vendors.


WHEN|WHERE 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at The Local Ale House, 140 Long Beach Rd., Island Park

INFO 516-992-0073

THE CHOMP With three trophies on the line, contestants can devise any type of chili, and once the judges (as in, guests who RSVP in advance) have made their decision, the star dishes will be opened to all to sample, no charge, along with cornbread and toppings. Happy hour runs until 7 p.m.


WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, along Main St., Patchogue

INFO 631-207-1000,

THE CHOMP Get tickets: for chowder tasting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and chili tasting 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and pumpkin beer (all day) for $10 each. Event admission is free.

THE POMP A costume parade down East Main Street, free pumpkin giveaways (while supplies last), live music, family-friendly entertainment and vendors selling food and crafts round out the festival.


WHEN|WHERE 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Central Synagogue-Beth Emeth, 430 DeMott Ave.

INFO 516-766-4300,

THE CHOMP A variety of chili dishes (no pork or shellfish will be used) served in either meat or vegetarian concoctions. Entrance and unlimited eating bracelets are available for $28 ($20 advance). Admission is otherwise $5 plus an additional $5 per cup.

THE POMP Vendors will be selling cookware and other foods.


WHEN|WHERE Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, along Main Street in the village

INFO 631-473-4724,

THE CHOMP As part of the annual Harvest Festival, buy a cup for $10 to use in a “chowder crawl” along the village’s Main Street, stopping at 10 participating venues to taste chowder before voting for the favorite three spots.

THE POMP Activities also include marshmallow toasting, woodcarving demonstrations and a costumed dog parade.


WHEN|WHERE Noon Feb. 3, 2018, at the Snapper Inn, 500 Shore Dr.

INFO 631-589-0248,

THE CHOMP In the Long Island Chowder contest, New England and Manhattan-style chowders as well as seafood bisques are the name of the game in this battle.

THE POMP With the Connetquot River as a backdrop and the outdoor fire pit set to be lit, judges are expected to include representatives from the Great South Bay Conservancy, the Captree fishing fleet, Long Island State Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation and Blue Point Brewing Co. Admission is free, but donations to the Great South Bay Nature Conservancy are suggested.


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