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Our Quest for THE Olympic Peninsula Chowder Recipe!

For our 10th Anniversary Celebration we’ll be conducting a year-long press tour in pursuit of identifying – and tasting - the quintessential Olympic Peninsula Chowder.

No longer will Pacific Northwest minded foodies be limited in their ordering of chowders named “New England”, “Manhattan” or seafood Cioppino hailing from San Francisco or Jambalaya influenced from Louisiana. Once crowned, the winning Olympic Peninsula Chowder is destined to be on menus, and taste buds, from coast-to-coast. 

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Might your recipe or key ingredient be part of the soon-to-be-celebrated Olympic Peninsula Chowder? Watch for coming details and be sure you’re a member of the LOOP in order to enjoy the spotlight.

Objective: As delicious as it is, we don’t want another Olympic Peninsula version of classic New England Clam Chowder. We all know that when prepared with our coastal Razor Clams and/or Geoducks, and Ozette Potatoes our chefs can locally source and serve up the best version of this creamy white stew.

The Olympic Peninsula Chowder will have its own flavor profile
that is just as unique as this place we call home!

Will it feature Geoduck or Razor Clams, Salmon, Spotted Shrimp, Oysters, Mussels, Crab or? Will it have a base inspired by local hard cider, creamery fresh cheese or? 

We will travel the LOOP hosting qualifying tasting events throughout the year. These events will be judged by a jury of culinary pros and people’s choice tasters. Local winners will advance to the grand event in Port Angeles next fall (October 13) where the newly crowned Olympic Peninsula Chowder will be identified.

Spicy-Tomato-Seafood-Chowder[1]Get Involved! Enter your recipe now and prepare your taste buds as you plan to join us at any or all of these delicious "Peoples' Taste" Chowder events!



(Dates and locations subject to change)




Event Tie-in

Regional People’s Taste-Off’s

Mar 2

Penn Cove


Mar 17


Razor Clam Festival

May 26 Hood Canal / Brinnon ShrimpFest

Date TBD - Spring

Port Townsend

Jefferson County Farmers Market

June 1

Port Angeles

PA Farmers Market and NODM Kids Marathon pre-race

July 21 (PENDING)


Ally Days Salmon Bake & Geoduck Festival

Grand Olympic Peninsula Chowder Championship

October 13

Port Angeles

Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival