Chowderfest 2016

36th Annual Chowderfest !! at the Cape Cod Melody Tent today and what great weather we had for it. Armed with spoon and ballot in hand, I shuffled through the crowd sipping and tasting some very good chowders and some new restaurants were on hand to offer their version of a great clam chowder. Clam Chowder is really a matter of taste and everyone wants a certain consistency to the broth and some people like seasonings and some don't. My favorite this year was last year's winner The Sailing Cow who presented a rich creamy clam chowder with some good clam flavor. The Sailing Cow serves up some great breakfasts with awesome breezes and view of the beach in Dennis. My second best was Mattakeese Wharf which had a lightly almost smoky flavored with a rich creamy base. The Matteese Wharf is a great restaurant with good views of Barnstable Harbour and some awesome stuffed quahogs as well other choices on their menu. Everyone worked so hard to prepare for this event and it was fun because of their hard work. In the process of sampling some chowder, I discovered some new restaurants that I have to start visiting as I travel around Cape Cod. All in all it was fun with some good music and cool breezes and Four Sea Ice Cream made it complete with some great homemade ice cream. Thanks for the Black Rasberry it was delicious. Living on Cape Cod can be fattening with all this good food. Happy food travels !!!

And the winners are for Best Presentation...The Sailing Cow...and Mattakeese Wharf for the Best Chowder

Second Place  Seaside Pub on Main Street in Hyannis...and Third Place to The British Beer Company on Main Street in Haynnis ( with other locations in Falmouth/Sandwich/Plymouth)


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