Tickets on sale now for annual chowder cook-off

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Tickets are now on sale for the 32nd Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off, the original, largest and longest running chowder championship in the country, featuring chowder creations from restaurants across the U.S., including Davenports's in East Providence (above). From now through May 1, enjoy “Ten Clams Off” the $25 day-of event ticket, which also includes membership in limited quantities into the Chowdahead Club featuring the “Chowder Power Hour” where the ultimate “Chowda” fans can enjoy an early, all-access experience an hour prior to the event’s official noon start.  Once Chowderhead Club membership is filled to capacity, chowder enthusiasts can still take advantage of the $15 advance ticket price but admission will not include the early 11:00 a.m. access.  All tickets include complimentary admittance to the Newport Oyster Festival, a new element to the Great Chowder Cook-Off this year.  Children are admitted free if under the age of 12 and accompanied by a paid adult.

WHERE: Newport Yachting Center, America’s Cup Avenue, Newport

WHEN: Tickets on sale now; event June 1

COST: $15 now through May 1/$20/$25

MORE INFO: 800/745-3000; http://www.newportwaterfrontevents.com

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