Some of the most tasty clam and seafood chowders the Whaling City has to offer were available for visitors Saturday at the 16th Annual Blount Fine Foods New Bedford Seaport Chowderfest. The event is sponsored by One SouthCoast Chamber and is open to entrants from local restaurants, catering companies and assisted living facilities.

Hundreds of people gathered under a large tent on Pier 3 to sample the creations of at least 20 area restaurants and eateries, and then vote on which one's were the best. A panel of judges also weighed in with their favorites. While enjoying the delicious chowder, guests were also entertained with live music by the band Played Out.

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Mike's Restaurant of Fairhaven earned the top award for Best Clam Chowder last year, and staff members were primed to win again in 2021.

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And win they did. Mike's Restaurant walked away with three top awards at Saturday's Chowderfest, two Judge's Awards and one People's Choice.

Here's a complete list of winners:

New Bedford Seaport Chowderfest 2021 Judge's Awards

Portuguese and Specialty Soups

Mike's Restaurant (1st)

Tipsy Toboggan (2nd)

Signature Soup

Black Whale (1st)

Cove's Surf and Turf (2nd)

Clam and Seafood Chowder

Mike's Restaurant (1st)

Kilburn Mill (2nd)

New Bedford Seaport Chowderfest 2021 People's Choice Awards

Portuguese and Specialty Soups

Mike's Restaurant (1st)

Alianca (2nd)

Signature Soups

Tipsy Toboggan (1st)

Cafe Italia (2nd)

Clam and Seafood Chowder

Black Whale (1st)

Merrill's On The Waterfront (2nd)

Table Presentation

Butternut Bistro (1st)

Black Whale (2nd)

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