Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic happening, things are going to be very different this year for Chowderfest 2020 on Long Beach Island.

For the last thirty years or so, thousands of people would go to Long Beach Island at the beginning of October for the huge Chowderfest weekend where local island restaurants would compete against one another to be awarded the title of having the best red or white clam chowder.

Chowderfest weekend also features live music, vendors, drinks, and a lot of fun. It's one of the best weekends of the year on the Jersey Shore.

This year Chowderfest is happening but it will be spread out of a month's time. Chowderfest is unofficially being called "ChowderMonth" since social distancing mandates currently in place won't allow thousands of people to congregate in a confined area the way Chowderfest took place in year's past.

This year organizers want to focus on rebuilding local businesses and the local economy. They are using the term "Soup up the local economy"

According to the Chowderfest website:

By allowing a full month to share the spirit of the event, it allows customers to enjoy multiple restaurants at their own pace, avoiding overcrowding of restricted space and submitting their vote when they are sure of their choice. Details will be shared shortly. ChowderMonth will begin September 5 for patrons to begin purchasing Chowder cups, pints and quarts to taste so they can even create a “Chowderfest at Your House” event with online voting beginning Labor Day Weekend.

Even though things will be quite different this year, let's still try to get out there and support local businesses the best we can. They need us more than ever. Hopefully next year things will be back to normal

Click HERE for more info regarding this year's 32nd annual Chowderfest

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