What is the Great Chowder Debate?

Inaugurated in 1984, the Great Chowder Debate is one of the longest-running chowder championships in the country. Over 30 restaurants from the St. Augustine area come out every November to donate their chowders and their time in hope of winning first place, and to help the St. Augustine Shrine Club raise money for the Shriners’ Hospitals for the children. The Great Chowder Debate features over 5,000 patrons and over 2,000 gallons of chowder, served by some of the Florida’s best restaurants and chefs.

What types of Restaurants Participate?

Restaurants of all types are welcome to participate in The Chowder Debate. You do no need to be a seafood restaurant or even have chowder on your menu to be included. In the past we have had nearly 30 restaurants come out ranging from Italian to Irish, and even local Delis. As long as you think you can cook up a tasty chowder and want to join the fun, we will be more than happy to let you join. The more restaurants the better! Check out all the Restaurants we had at last year’s Great Chowder Debate!

Last year’s event raised more than $38,000 for Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Attendance estimates ranged from 3,500 to 5,000.

Entertainment will also be available as well as beverages and souvenirs.

WHEN: Nov 1st – Noon to 4pm

WHERE: The Conch House Marina

COST: Admission is $5 and includes 10 tickets for tasting