The Port of Olympia BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge Seeks Vendors, Swappers, and Sponsors

port of olympia boat swap
Taste chowder from 12 local restaurants on Saturday, May 18.

Submitted by The Port of Olympia
Port of Olympia Chowder Challenge 2013 (9)Just in time for boating season, the Port of Olympia BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge returns on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Swantown Marina.

The Port invites signups from restaurants and marine-related businesses who would like to participate. Businesses and organizations are also invited to participate with the Port in sponsoring this popular community festival.

To be included on the event poster, restaurants and sponsors must sign up by March 17.

At the 2013 festival, 11 South Sound restaurants competed in the chowder cook-off and 1,300 of the 3,500 attendees tasted the chowders and voted for their favorites.

The BoatSwap offers opportunities to buy and sell new and used boats, marine gear and accessories. Both commercial and private vendors are invited to exhibit and sell their wares.

Event-goers shop and browse the boats and marine displays, watch and taste at the chowder pots, and enjoy music and family entertainment along the waterfront.

To sign up and learn details about event sponsorships, restaurant participation, vendor exhibit rates and to make other inquiries, visit, call the Port at 360.528.8005 or email

For several years prior to 2008, the festival was known as the Swantown BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge. The Port retired the event in 2008 and brought it back in 2013 due to community requests.

Swantown Marina is located on the East Bay of Budd Inlet at 1022 Marine Drive NE, Olympia, 98501.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email