April 1, 2015

19th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-off Brings Food, Music & Fun to Carolina Beach Lake Park

March 31, 2015, Carolina Beach, N.C.:  Who makes the region’s best seafood chowder? Visitors to Carolina Beach can have their say by participating and voting in the 19th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-off on Saturday, April 11th. The event promises an afternoon of fun at Carolina Beach Lake Park with tasty chowder, music by the Mark Roberts Band and fun in a classic coastal setting. 

Photo from the event Facebook page
The 2015 Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-off is a family-friendly event that features local chefs who prepare and share their best seafood chowder recipes between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. While the adults are sampling chowder and enjoying live music, kids can enjoy the park’s playground and Kidz Zone with face-painting, a giant 3-in-1 inflatable house, laser tag and more. For an additional fee, paddleboat and surrey rides are available. Traditional festival foods (hot dogs, funnel cakes, crab cakes) and adult beverages will also be for sale. At 4:30 p.m., the People’s and Judges’ Choice Awards will be announced, along with awards for the Most Enthusiastic and Best-Decorated tents.

During the cook-off, chowder is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to taste and vote between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The 2015 Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off’s seven contestants include three returning restaurants and four newcomers. This year all participants hail from Carolina Beach and include: Gibby’s Dock & Dine, Havana’s Fresh Island Restaurant, Saint’s Cove, Sea Witch Café & Tiki Bar, Shelby Jean’s on The Boardwalk, The Shack at Dockside, and Two Kousins Restaurant & Sports Bar. The day-long chowder showcase also features live entertainment by the ever-popular variety dance band The Mark Roberts Band, who will perform favorite hits all day at the Carolina Beach Lake Park Stingray Amphitheater.
Want to go? Gates open Saturday, April 11 at 11:30am. A modest admission charge of $6 for adults will gain access to this family event. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under. Coolers are not permitted, as beer/wine/soft drinks and food will be available for sale. Chairs, blankets and children are welcome, but please leave pets at home.

Plan to spend the weekend exploring Carolina and Kure beaches. Check out the renovations of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, along with new businesses. And look for Frank’s Pizza reopening soon! Of course, you’ll also find the legendary Britt’s Donuts and Fudge Boat. Families will also love Carolina Beach State Park, the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach Oceanfront Park’s playground, and Civil War artifacts at Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

Festivals and events provide a fun and affordable way to experience the history, culture, and traditions of a region. This annual event is one of many presented throughout the year by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. For additional information on the 2015 Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-off and other island events, please call 910-458-8434 or visit www.pleasureislandnc.org.     

Go with the flow…and see where the water takes you. Surrounded by water with the ocean to the east and the Cape Fear River to the west, Wilmington, N.C. and its island beaches are easily accessible from US-74 and I-40. For a free 2015 Official Visitors Guide for Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, call 1-866-266-9690 or visit website www.GoWilmingtonAndBeaches.com for visitor information, seasonal specials, and a complete calendar of events.                                                                            
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