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10 Reasons Why You Should Be at the 30th Annual Chowder Cook-Off with a Twist!

Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:20AM

Each year, the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce CVB holds its largest fundraiser, the Chowder Cook-Off with a Twist. For three decades now, this event has brought fun and support for our local community. Read on to find out the top 10 reasons why you should attend this year!

The Food – we have over 15 competitors who will be going head-to-head for the chance of being crowned 2015’s Best Chowder and Best Twist on the Space Coast! There will be countless samples and butlered hour’derves.

The Businesses – The Cocoa Beach area is home to several local businesses that you should know about and support. We will have over two dozen businesses at table tops that are ready to provide you with information and answer any questions you have. Attending this event is a GREAT way to support local business!

The Networking – The CVB anticipates a crowd of over 1,200 of your closest friends. Come and enjoy the environment while meeting new people. Don’t forget your business cards!

The Celebrity Judges – The CVB has secured a great crop of celebrity judges this year, all ready to determine who has what it takes to be called Best Chowder and Best Twist! The judging panel is:

Howie Dorough, of the Backstreet Boys

Commissioner Wayne Justice, Canaveral Port Authority

Mike & Mindy, Lite Rock 99.3

Greg Pallone, News 13

Chef Luis Reyes, CEC, Sysco Central Florida

“Wingnut” from 95.1

 The Band – This year the CVB has secured the Gypsy Rain Band! This festive and lively group is ready to play all of the classic hits for you! Don’t worry, you will enjoy the music while also still being able to talk to your neighbor.

The Silent Auction – We have an incredible amount of fantastic items in our silent auction, ranging from gift certificates to hotel night stays and a Ron Jon Surf Shop Surfboard (to name a few).

The Raffle – Are you a country fan? Make sure to turn in your raffle ticket for a chance to win tickets to this year’s Runaway Country concert!

The Bars – Fishlips Bar & Grill will be providing a full liquor bar as well as a beer and wine station. Bring some cash and come enjoy the libations and fun of the Fishlips Bars!

The Venue – For the first time, this event will be held on the North side of the port in the second newest cruise terminal of Port Canaveral, CT-6! A larger venue, we will be able to hold more guests than ever before! Come and see this great space and have fun with us!

The Cause – The Chowder Cook-Off with a Twist is YOUR Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce CVB’s biggest fundraiser each year. This being our 30th year, we appreciate your support now more than ever. Our mission grows larger each day as we work hard to market our great area to visitors who pump money into our economy. We have an array of volunteers who support us and our mission daily, and we couldn’t do what we do without them. We also couldn’t carry out our mission without the support of our wonderful community. Buying a ticket to this event isn’t just something fun to do on a Friday night (even though it will be a BLAST), it’s a vote of support for your area CVB and its members, and we appreciate it very much!

To buy tickets, please go to www.visitcocoabeach.com, www.cocoabeachchamber.com or visit us in person at any one of the following locations:

The CVB's Tourist Information Center in Cape Canaveral
The Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral
The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce office in Merritt Island

And ALL Port Restaurants:

Milliken's Reef
Fishlips
Rusty's
Grills
Baja Tavern and Eats

Special thank you to our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible!

98.5 the Beach, Airboat Rides at Midway, the Avenue Viera, Brevard Zoo, Brightway Insurance, Canaveral Port Authority, City of Cocoa, City of Cocoa Beach, Comfort Inn & Suites Cocoa Beach, Discovery Beach Resort, Doubletree by Hilton, Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA), Merritt Square Mall, Rockledge Country Club, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar, Space Coast Fun Guide and Wild Ocean Seafood.

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