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2012 Chowder Festival Serves Up Good Eats and Entertainment

The 16th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-off served up an excellent variety of chowder and entertainment at the Carolina Beach Lake Saturday April 14th. The Judge's Choice award went to O'Charley's Restaurant. The People's Choice award went to Havana's restaurant of Carolina Beach.

Carolina Beach, NC – They came, they tasted, they boogied the afternoon away! The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce held the 16th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off this past Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Carolina Beach Lake.   
A record-setting crowd got to enjoy delicious chowder from seven local restaurants from Carolina Beach to Wilmington and as far away as Shallotte.  Thousands enjoyed great food, good music, and family fun, with the kids and the entire family at this family-oriented event. Children enjoyed the park’s playground and a Kidz Zone with face-painting, a giant inflatable slide and more. The gates were scheduled to open at 11:30 am, but due to the crowds, people were admitted by 10:45 am.
A distinguished panel of judges including US Congressman Mike McIntyre selected O’Charley’s – Monkey Junction as the Judge’s 1st Place winner, while The Seaside Grille at the Courtyard Marriott CB was the Judge’s 1st Runner Up.  The coveted People’s Choice 1st place winner went to Havana’s-Carolina Breach, while the 1st Runner-up was a close second with The Cape Fear Seafood Co. - Monkey Junction. Two additional prizes were awarded with the Best Decorated Tent going to O’Charley’s-Monkey Junction and the Most Enthusiastic Tent went to The Cape Fear Seafood Co.-Monkey Junction.
During the Chowder Cook-Off, The Mark Roberts Band entertained the 4,000+ folks, while they ate chowder, swayed to the beat and downed a cold beverage in the picture-perfect Pleasure Island afternoon.  The Chamber would like to thank all their sponsors (Eye Care Associates, Bryant Real Estate, R.A. Jeffries Distributing and the Town of Carolina Beach), as well as all our volunteers, participants and especially the seven competing restaurants.
REMEMBER – On Pleasure Island, Chowder always tastes better than azaleas!  See you next year.