Chowder Fest


The first Santa Barbara Chowder Fest was first held in 2010 as a charity cook-off benefit for the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County. Since then, Chowder Fest has grown to an annual “must attend” event for the area’s best chefs and restaurateurs vying for bragging rights of “Best Chowder in Santa Barbara.” Other food vendors also share tasty treats, including pizza and and bread samples. Numerous local wineries and brewers are also available for attendees to sample their finest, along with live music and a silent auction.

10th Annual Chowder Fest 

Sunday, November 3, 2019
Santa Barbara Carriage & Western Art Museum
New Location!
129 Castillo Street (by Pershing Park)
Featuring music by Spencer the Gardner

NOTE: Parking is limited. Drop-off, Carpooling, public transit, ride-share are strongly encouraged.

Free overflow parking will be available at Santa Barbara City College Lot 2C/3 (La Playa Stadium).
You do not need to purchase a college parking ticket
From the parking lot, you may take a 15-minute walk (appoximately .75 mile) along the harbor to Castillo Street and down to the museum or wait to take a shuttle – look for a shuttle bus from EOS Transportation. Shuttle begins at 12:30pm.
Those with limited mobility are encouraged to be dropped off at the museum.


Paid parking is also available at the City Waterfront lots. 

Santa Barbara MTD Line 5 or the Waterfront Shuttle also provide stops within walking distance of the museum.


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Chowder Fest proceeds benefit the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County (Legal Aid). Since 1959, Legal Aid has provided legal services to those most in need in our community.

Legal Aid’s mission is to provide high-quality civil legal services to low-income and other vulnerable residents in order to ensure equal access to justice. The organization changes lives by providing clients advice, information, and legal representation. Attorneys and staff also participate in community legal education.

Legal Aid’s vision is a community where low-income people and other vulnerable residents are empowered to thrive and where all residents have meaningful access to the civil justice system.