Wharf Fest & Chowder Competition

Sat Oct 22, 2016
Pier 43 1/2
11am - 5pm
Festival, City, Food Event, Food & Drink


Wharf Fest, San Francisco’s favorite free waterfront festival, comes back for the fourth year in a row on October 22, 2016. The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District is throwing the ultimate festival to celebrate San Francisco’s historic waterfront district. Bay Area locals are invited to visit the district after the tourist season has ended and before San Francisco’s fabulous fall climate fades away. This year’s festival will include, for the fourth year, the popular Chowder Competition. Festival goers can visit approximately 50 booths of fine arts and crafts, beverage sampling, and more. Fisherman’s Wharf loves embracing their whacky side and will be hosting a number of free Wharf-centric activities such as a Segway obstacle course, rock climbing walls, and even a mechanical bull. The festival takes place at the intersection of Jefferson and Taylor streets, at the famous Fisherman’s Wharf crab wheel sign, as well as on two blocks of Little Embarcadero street, between Taylor Street and Powell Street. The festival overlooks the San Francisco Bay, the Pier 43 promenade, and Alcatraz Island.

At Wharf Fest’s Chowder Competition, ten restaurants of Fisherman’s Wharf, California’s chowder capital, will battle it out for the title of Best Chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf. The 2015 winners were McCormick and Kuleto’s, for the People’s Choice award, and Brick and Beam, for the Judges’ Choice award. This year’s panel of local judges includes Bay Area food journalists and prominent political figures.

The following Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurants will be competing in the Chowder Competition:

Blue Mermaid Restaurant
Boudin Bakery
Brick & Beam
Fog Harbor Fish House
Franciscan Crab Restaurant
Pier Market
McCormick & Kuleto's
Wharf Fest is hosted by the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and produced by Steven Restivo Event Services. Sponsors of the event include the Coca Cola, Capitol One, the Port of San Francisco, Crunch Fitness, Farm Fresh To You, Blue Waters Marketing, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the San Francisco Chronicle, FunCheapSF, and, as a Gold Level sponsor, Suzhou Tourism. Suzhou, the "Venice of China," is known for its elegant stone bridges, canals, gardens, and noteworthy architecture. Stop by their booth to learn about the history and charm of this 2,500 year-old Chinese city.


Q: What do I get for buying a Chowder Competition tasting ticket?
A: Your Chowder Competition tasting ticket will include 11 individual tickets. There will be one ticket for each restaurant and a bonus ticket that can be used at any chowder booth. Each ticket will give you a 2 oz. sample of chowder. You will also receive a ballot to cast your vote for the Best Chowder at Fisherman's Wharf.

Q: How will I know who won?
A: The winning chowder restaurants will be announced via our social media pages Twitter, @theWharfSF, and on our Facebook page.

Q: Can the ticket be split between two people?
A: Yes. You can distribute your 11 tickets to whoever you like. They do not all need to be used by the same person. But only one ballot will be given.

Q: Can I bring my children or other guests who will not be eating chowder?
A: Yes, the Chowder Competition tasting is not gated off to the rest of the street fair, so tickets are not required to attend. Tickets are only required at the chowder booths for tasting and for casting ballots on the "People's Choice Winner."

Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Yes, the entire festival is outdoors, so dogs are allowed.

Q: What if it rains?
A: This event is rain or shine. Chowder Competition tasting tickets will not be refunded based on weather conditions.


  1. Pier 43 1/2
    Taylor Street at Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA