Chowderfest 2016… And the Winner Is…

Marietta has been blessed by the water’s edge, fertile outlying areas, and many more of Nature’s wonders to indulge in. It is also becoming known as a destination town for its bars and restaurants and is host to numerous events to support those who need help.


Bob Shank and Ed Lincoln, Jr.

Last winter included one of those successful events. “Chowderfest was a remarkable event with an extremely generous out-pouring of community support”, stated Ed Lincoln, Jr., founder and chairperson of this event. The event saw fourteen area and some not so local restaurants supply eight to ten gallons of soup, chowder, or bisque to be sampled and rated by the public, a panel of judges, and a mystery shopper. When all counting was said and done, the top three restaurants were within a dozen votes of each other for first place.


Ed Lincoln, Jr. and Nick Liazus

Shank’s Tavern pulled out the victory for the People’s Choice Award. The main sponsor of the event, the Red Roof Inn, presented its award to Chef Talon Lewis and The Railroad House for their selection of the best chowder. The Judges Pick Award, selected by a panel of six experts in the hospitality business, opted for Nick Liazis’, proprietor of Nick’s Bistro. The healthiest as well as most unique chowder went to Chef Andrew Barnes of the Busy Bee of York, Pa.


Joey Bowden of the Railroad House, Chef Talon Lewis, and Ed Lincoln, Jr.

The Chowderfest 2016 saw a fully packed Railroad House, inside and out, up and down, and the event netted nearly four thousand dollars for the Lancaster County SPCA. Due to such a large turnout next year’s event will be pushed a little further into spring to make use of all of the property. A special thanks to Ed Lincoln, Jr. for running the event, the Red Roof Inn, Swedish Motors, The Jeweler’s Bench, Freddy and Joey of the Railroad House, The Towson Steele Solution for their fine music, and the following restaurants for their time, product and enthusiasm; Mosby’s Pub, The River House, Pig Iron Brewery, Café Cappriccio of Marietta, Nick’s Bistro, The Accomac Inn, Shank’s Tavern, The Railroad House, McCleary’s, The Busy Bee, The Garlic Poet, Bube’s Brewery, the Bull’s Head and Lancaster Dispensing Company.