The first Santa Barbara Chowder Fest was first held in 2010 as a charity cook-off benefit for the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County. Since then, Chowder Fest has grown to an annual “must attend” event for the area’s best chefs and restaurateurs vying for bragging rights of “Best Chowder in Santa Barbara.”
Numerous local wineries and brewers are also available for attendees to sample their finest, along with live music and a silent auction.
Chowder Fest proceeds benefit Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County. Since 1959 Legal Aid has provided free legal assistance in critical civil matters. The organization’s mission is to ensure equal and meaningful access to the civil justice system to Santa Barbara county residents living at or below the poverty level, those facing language or disability barriers, seniors and others living on fixed incomes, and victims of domestic violence and elder abuse. Services range from the provision of legal information and advice to assistance with the preparation of legal documents and representation in court proceedings.