The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the twenty-third annual Essex ClamFest on Saturday, September 24 (raindate: September 25), from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting Festival, a competition now in its twenty-third year that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best chowder on Cape Ann. At least 12 restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipe for the enjoyment of the general public, starting at 12:00 noon and ending about 2:00 p.m. Entries have already been received from Essex, Gloucester, Rockport, and Salem.
During the ClamFest, the Essex Police and Fire Departments will host the 4th Annual Public Safety Day to raise the public’s awareness of the broad spectrum of jobs and responsibilities of both departments. Along with local officials, state and federal agencies will be on-hand to demonstrate their expertise and equipment.
In addition to the Chowder competition and Public Safety Day, an interesting variety of activities has been planned, including an arts and crafts area; entertainment throughout the afternoon; the Lions Club food pavilion; an Ipswich Ale station; organization, church, and non-profit tables; a number of rides and games for the children; and a raffle for a catered clambake by Woodman’s to benefit the sixth grade class at Essex Elementary/Middle School. The crafts area and the rides will be open to the public starting at 11:00 a.m. Restaurants, crafters, and non-profit organizations wishing to participate in the ClamFest should contact the Chamber of Commerce at 978-283-1601 or email info@CapeAnnChamber.com.