Restaurants, Vendors, Swappers Invited to Port of Olympia’s BoatSwap and Chowder Challenge

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Submitted by Port of Olympia

Just in time for boating season, the Port of Olympia BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge returns on Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Swantown Marina. The Port invites sign-ups from restaurants and marine-related businesses interested in participating, as well as event sponsors. To be featured on the event poster, participants must sign up by April 1st.

At the 2014 event, 11 South Sound restaurants competed in the chowder cook-off and 1,800 people tasted their unique recipes. Event goers can sample all the chowders and vote for their favorites.

The BoatSwap offers the community an opportunity 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.

Businesses are also invited to participate with the Port in sponsoring this popular community event.

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

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

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

Note: This Port festival for the community was on hiatus for several years due to construction in the vicinity which limited parking. Previously, the festival was known as the Swantown BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge and attracted 4,000 to 5,000 participants. The Port re-introduced the event in May 2013 as the Port of Olympia BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge.

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