Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival
3rd Annual seafood Chowder Challenge
Saturday, April 2, 11 am - 3 pm

2004 Whale & Jazz Festival - Chowder Challenge Saturday's fun begins with the 3rd Annual seafood Chowder Challenge, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event is geared to all ages as local restaurants and individuals vie for the title of Best Chowder in two categories (Seafood Open and the Traditional New England Clam) with "People's Choice" voting as well as judging by a panel of "celebrity judges." There will also be a tasting of Mendocino and Sonoma County wines and Microbrews.

2004 Whale & Jazz Festival - Chowder Challenge The Mendocino Coast Jazz Trio, consisting of Terry Simcik on guitar, Scott Harris on Tenor Sax/Clarinet and Russell Clark on Acoustic Bass, perform free to the public from 12:00 - 3:00 during the tastings.

The $20 admission includes a choice of commemorative Redwood Coast Whale & Jazz Festival beer or wine glass, plus tickets that can be used for the chowder tasting, the wine and microbrew tasting, fresh-baked breads from local bakeries and other soft beverages. Tickets for the Chowder Challenge alone will also be available at the door. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Gualala Arts Center. (Call 707-884-1138, MC/VI accepted.)

Photos: 2004 Chowder Challenge & Eric Schifrin Trio
Photo credit: Barbara Pratt