Essex Clamfest Rescheduled

The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled the twenty-fourth annual Essex ClamFest on Saturday, October 21 (raindate: October 22), from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Memorial Park in Essex. Originally slated for the weekend of September 23, the ClamFest had to be postponed due to inclement weather. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting Festival, a competition 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.

In addition to the Chowder competition, 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