Wharf Fest Returns to Fisherman's Wharf October 24th, 2015

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Wharf Fest returns to Fisherman's Wharf October 24th with 3rd Annual Chowder Cook-off and new Hard Rock Cafe Live Music Main Stage

Wharf Fest, a free Fisherman’s Wharf festival, will be held on October 24, 2015. 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 the third year of the popular chowder cook-off. The festival will also include live music from winning Bay Area bands from the Hard Rock Rising Competition, including Super Mega Everything, Antique Radio, and Mad Mama and the Bona Fide Few. These Wharf-centric events will be held at the intersection of Jefferson and Taylor streets, at the iconic Crab Wheel sign, as well as the "Little" Embarcadero, which overlooks the Pier 41 promenade and views of Alcatraz Island.

At Wharf Fest’s chowder cook-off, eleven of the restaurants of California’s chowder capital will battle it out for the title of best chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf, currently held by the Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar. The fate of this competition will be left up to the People’s Choice votes and the Judge’s Choice votes. This year’s panel of prominent local judges includes:

  •     Julie Christensen, San Francisco District 3 Supervisor
  •     Dr. Leslie E. Wong, President, San Francisco State University
  •     C. W. Nevius, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
  •     Rachel Ward, Editor-In-Chief, Where Magazine 
  •     Stefanie Tuder, Senior Editor, SF Eater
  •     John Cannizzaro, President, FWCBD Board of Directors

The following Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurants will be competing in the Chowder Cook-Off:

  •     Alioto’s Restaurant
  •     Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar
  •     Brick & Beam at Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf
  •     Boudin Bakery
  •     Cioppino’s
  •     Franciscan Crab Restaurant
  •     Hard Rock Café
  •     Joe’s Crab Shack
  •     Lou’s Fish Shack
  •     McCormick and Kuleto’s Seafood & Steaks
  •     Rainforest Café

Tickets are currently on sale and if pre-purchased online at WharFest.com are only $15. Tickets will cost $20 on the day of the festival.

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 Port of San Francisco, Hard Rock Café, FunCheapSF, CBS Radio San Francisco, Kashi, Cupcake Vineyards, and Just Dreaming.

Please visit WharfFest.com for more details and to purchase chowder tasting tickets.

The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (visitfishermanswharf.com) was founded in November of 2005 by the business and property owners of the San Francisco neighborhood. The district is funded through an annual assessment for 15 years from the property owners. The purpose of the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District is to preserve and enhance its vast San Francisco waterfront landscape and multi-cultural heritage, while integrating modern efficiencies to enrich the experience of visitors from both near and far.


Troy Campbell
Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District Executive Director
(415) 673-3530 troy(at)visitfishermanswharf.com

Wharf Fest Comes to Fisherman’s Wharf October 24 11am-5:00pm

WHAT: Wharf Fest

WHEN: Saturday, October 24 11am-5:00pm. This event is rain or shine.

WHERE: Jefferson & Taylor streets and the Little Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

COST: This event is free and open to the public with the exception of the Chowder Cook-Off which is $15 in advance and $20 at the event.

INFO: Call (800) 310-6563 or visit WharfFest.com.


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Wharf Fest is coming to Fisherman’s Wharf [handle @Fisherman’s Wharf] October 24! This free festival will be the ultimate waterfront celebration with a chowder cook-off, wine, and live music from Bay Area bands! Go to WharfFest.com

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BAY AREA: @TheWharfSF is bringing #WharfFest back on 10/24! Chowder lovers and live music fans rejoice. Check out WharfFest.com

@TheWharfSF Bands performing on the Hard Rock Cafe main stage at Wharf Fest (10/24) are Super Mega Everything, Antique Radio, Mad Mama and The Bona Fide Few!

@TheWharfSF has 11 restaurants in this years Wharf Fest Cook Off on 10/24. YUM! Get tickets at WharfFest.com

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