15th Annual Chowder Challenge – Chowder & Jazz

Sonoma Mendocino Coast Whale and Jazz Festival presents

Jazz Concert & Chowder tasting, featuring Barnebey's Hot Four

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Coleman Auditorium

$25 in advance, plus $5 day of, (for 15 tasting tickets & commemorative glass). Free admission for music only.

Click here for Chowder Challenge application.


Other Whale and Jazz events and The Main Event.

In the tastiest event of the popular Whale & Jazz festival, local chefs & cooks vie for the title of “Best Mendonoma Coast Chowder” in the 15th Annual Chowder Challenge.

Last year’s big winner was Cape Fear of Duncans Mills and you can be they will be back to defend their title!



A highlight each year is the concert of traditional New Orleans jazz, this year performed once again by the ever-popular “Barnebey’s Hot Four” of Sonoma County, returning to the Gualala Arts Center for the tenth straight year. The repertoire for the afternoon will include old favorites, the resurrection of some obscure musical gems from the golden age of jazz, and probably a few surprises for musicians and listeners alike, all in the tradition of the Big Easy. Those wanting to work off their chowder tasting with dancing will find themselves toe-tapping and boot-stomping as the infectious beats of New Orleans pushes them towards the dance floor!