More restaurants are competing this year for your vote to
be the best people’s choice of soup, chowder, or bisque. The
festival is scheduled for Sunday, April 7th, from 11:00 until
3:00 at the historic Railroad House Inn and Restaurant.
Event coordinator Ed Lincoln, Jr. and owners Joey Bowden
and Freddy States have teamed-up again to raise money
for the Pioneer Fire Company, Sebastian Foundation All-
Breed Dog Rescue, the Marietta Market and Lancaster
Foodstock. Last year’s event saw over 400 attendees and
netted the most money of all the events thus far.
Chowderfest is a competition between area restaurants
bringing their best soup, chowder, or bisque. The public,
after paying a $12 donation, will receive a ballot card and
walk the premises sampling and rating all the participants’
products. The restaurant with the highest tally of points
will be crowned the champs of 2019, receiving the People’s
Choice Award. There is also a panel of discreet judges,
from the likes of restaurateurs and managers and chefs,
who will choose their collective favorite and present the
During the event there will be live music performed
by Acoustic Echo, the Towson-Steele Solution, Paul
Christopher Solo, the Hydroponic Philharmonic unplugged
and other artists to be determined. Caricature artist Louis
Welsh will be on hand, as well as a silent auction to help
bolster the donation to the wonderful charities.
A special thanks goes out to our perpetual corporate
donors: Carriage House Construction, CGA Law Firm, The
Red Roof Inn, Sue Aiken and Jeremy Ganse Remax, as well
and new sponsor Finkenbinder Funeral Homes.
This year’s event aligns with the anniversary of the
repeal of prohibition in 1933. Specialty cocktails and
amazing craft beers will be available throughout the day,
as well as locally sourced foods prepared by Executive
Chef Talon Lewis.
Tickets for the event are available at the Railroad House
during hours of operation, or may be purchased on
If you would like to donate silent auction items or be a
sponsor (2 Levels), please contact Ed Lincoln, Jr. via text
at 717-819-6265 or stop by the Railroad House during
business hours. Questions may be sent to 717-819-6265
via TEXT ONLY, please.