Wow!!! That’s the 1st word that comes to mind when thinking about the 2nd Annual Chowder Chowdown for Rides event this past weekend! What a great turnout of community members we had with an amazing variety of delicious chowders!

We are very happy to give our congratulations to and announce this year’s winners! In the Professional Traditional Category, defending their win from last year, Peekytoe Provisions; in the Amateur Traditional Category, the Bar Harbor Fire Department and in the Amateur Vegan Category, Chowder of the Atlantic from College of the Atlantic and the winner of the People’s Choice Award for best overall chowder was none other than Bar Harbor’s Finest, the Bar Harbor Fire Department!!! Ok, we are calling out all of our island police and fire departments, Search and Rescue to compete next year!

We would like to thank our host, The Neighborhood House for allowing us to use their beautiful space, all of the wonderful volunteers who came out to make this event such a success, our judges, Eliza BishopJenna Horton BoucherRobert Chaplin,David Opdyke, Martha Searchfield,Father Tim Fleck, all of the participating teams, Bar Harbor Catering Company,Bar Harbor Fire Department, Birch Bay Retirement VillageCas Olé, College of the Atlantic, Epi’s PizzaKate Hall Jordan and Lauren from the Ladle Ladies, the Pot Stirrers from Indivisible MDI, Jane Holland and Michelle Loveland AllvinMDI HospitalSharon Linscott/Joel Linscott, Peekytoe Provisions,Tom Reeve and Side Street Cafe, our amazing sponsors, Machias Savings Bank, Machias Savings BankMaine Shellfish EllsworthMelinda Workmanof Coston & McIsaac, FT Brown HardwareSiam Orchid in Bar Harbor, and The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty, the donors for for the in-kind raffle provided by A&B NaturalsCadillac Mountain SportsHouse WineThe Kimball Shop & BoutiqueMama DiMatteo’s Restaurant, Bar Harbor, MaineMy Darling Maine Island BoutiqueMargaret Todd – Schooner, Peekytoe Provisions, A Slice of Eden and The Neighborhood House.

Congratulations to Jill Weber the winner of the raffle drawing!

We would also like to share that this event raised nearly $ 3,000 and brought our community together in harmony and good fun. We are looking forward to next year!!! Tell your friends who may want to compete, perhaps be a judge, come out for the fun or take a family member or friend who needs a ride!